Stanford University is one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.
Stanford Live presents a wide range of the finest performances from around the world fostering a vibrant learning community and providing distinctive experiences through the performing arts. With its home at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford Live is simultaneously a public square, a sanctuary, and a lab, drawing on the breadth and depth of Stanford University to connect performances to the significant issues, ideas, and discoveries of our time.
Stanford Live is looking for a Communications Manager to join the team. If you have a passion for live performance, connecting with surrounding communities, experience in copywriting, excellent oral and writing skills, and a keen interest in building your PR toolkit, this position is for you. Critical to the success of this position is the development of strong working relationships with the Marketing and Communications team as well as external press outlets and community leaders. The Communications Manager will report to the Director of Marketing and Communications.
With minimal supervision, the Communication Manager provides support in planning, coordinating, and implementing communication programs. Develop external written communications and design and coordinate media relations programs and efforts.
In this role, you will:
- Manage and support creative publicity campaigns for Stanford Live programming and initiatives including proactively pitching story ideas to targeted media in trade publications, newspapers, magazines, radio, and online media
- Write clear, compelling press releases, alerts, and pitch letters for external audiences
- Draft, edit, and proofread a wide range of communications materials including website, email and brochure content
- Coordinate with marketing and programming staff on key programming and initiatives
- Establish relationships with targeted local and national media outlets
- Monitor, distribute, and archive press placements
- Coordinate production of Stanford Live’s digital magazine including assigning writers, and coming up with content ideas
- Source photography and other media needs for all performances
- Collect program notes from artists and build out digital programs
- Oversee Stanford Live Arts Journalism student fellowship program, including arranging professional development opportunities
- Assist with related marketing and communications tasks
Please note that this position will be based on the Stanford campus and will be considered hybrid (minimum of 2 days/week onsite). Evening and weekends as needed.
In order to be successful, you will bring:
- Bachelor's degree and minimum 3 years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience
- Excellent written communication skills, reporting skills, and skills in conceptual editing, copy editing, and proof reading.
- Ability to work independently to meet expected deadlines and schedules.
- Ability to work collaboratively with internal communications groups across campus
- Capacity to write and synthesize materials and communicate information in a manner easily understood.
- Excellent computer skills are required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite. Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop; basic HTML; and social media platforms.
- Demonstrated commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.