Director of Communications, Mansfield Center

University of Montana
  • Location
    Missoula, Montana
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Sep 08

Position description

Job Description

The Mansfield Center invites applications for a Director of Communications – a dynamic, fast-paced position that is critical to the Center’s mission to inspire global leaders of integrity, through strengthening democracy and ethics, leadership, and mutual understanding. The Director of Communications will oversee all communications for the Mansfield Center, using judgment and discretion to implement a strategy that reflects the Center’s leadership mission and vision. The individual assigned to this position will quickly develop a clear understanding of the Mansfield legacy and its importance to the University of Montana (UM), the state of Montana, and the nation to operate in multiple communication channels (including social media, print, broadcast, and media relations). This is a high-profile position, requiring the ability to build positive and trust based relationships with a variety of stakeholders. This position will hire, train, and oversee the communications assistant as well as student interns to support social and web platforms and events while engaging with other staff for a team approach to communication. This position will report to the Executive Director of the Mansfield Center.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Highly autonomous decision-making to implement a communications strategy to support and advance the Center’s strategic initiatives
  • Oversee social media and communication channels including the website, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and relevant blogs and press;
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with media and communications partners as well as critical Mansfield Center stakeholders
  • Serve as an essential member of the leadership team on organizational development and leadership, including strategic planning, fundraising, and staffing
  • Liaise with UM communications team (including design and branding services, and ensure that the Mansfield story is aligned with and highlighted in campus communications)
  • Compose and distribute communications materials such as press releases, talking points, PowerPoint presentations, etc.
  • Plan, amplify, and execute Mansfield Center events, engaging with campus and community stakeholders to maximize success and partnerships
  • Draw from evaluation and monitoring data to analyze and implement feedback

Upon completion of training, the incumbent will have a refined understanding of Mansfield legacy and support of vision and mission related to democracy and global engagement.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details

  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Work schedule is flexible depending on project needs.
  • Salary for this position is $70,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.

Required Skills

  • Demonstrated experience as a consummate relationship-builder with ability to quickly develop highly effective relationships with a level of professionalism conducive for interactions with a wide variety of individuals and groups.
  • Advanced discretionary and analytical listening, oral, presentation, and written communication skills with an ability to design, develop, and/or disseminate a wide variety of communication methods while being cognizant of the audience.
  • Demonstrated skills necessary to provide dynamic leadership and effective supervision of employees responsible for varying assignments, while supporting employees in a collaborative and collegial work environment.
  • Demonstrated skills in effectively utilizing various social media platforms and ability to learn and implement new strategies as social media evolves.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality while working with sensitive information.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with high-level stakeholders in government and democracy efforts.
  • Established relationships with local, state, and/or national media.

About UM and the Mansfield Center

The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center is an academic unit of the University of Montana dedicated to fostering globally minded leaders of integrity to achieve a world in which we act with respect and integrity undeterred by our differences.  Founded by an Act of Congress in 1983, we honor the life’s work of Senator Mike Mansfield and his wife Maureen to act with integrity in bipartisan leadership, support of democracy, and in global engagement, particularly with Asia.

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: October 3, 2021

For application instructions, required application materials, and to learn more about UM and Missoula, please apply at

The University of Montana is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. This position is eligible for veterans' preference and disability preference in accordance with Montana State Law