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Director of Communications - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

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Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


The CLAS Director of Communications will develop a creative strategic communications plan that tells the CLAS story to internal and external constituencies. The Director will be responsible for designing and implementing the College’s strategic communications plan and public relations activities in collaboration with CLAS units and a variety of university offices. This individual will also collaborate with the Dean to drive development and donor engagement initiatives for the College.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Professional Writing, Public Relations, or a related field and 5 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience developing and implementing creative communications and marketing strategies;
  • Demonstrated ability to write creatively, succinctly, accurately, and for multiple audiences;
  • Demonstrated understanding of website design and maintenance;
  • Strong organizational skills, such as the ability to coordinate complex projects and work under tight deadlines;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect, empathy, and cultural humility;
  • Demonstrated commitment to incorporating principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in all communication materials.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Master’s degree in related field and 5-7 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Ability to develop relationships at all levels of an organization and across divisions and functions;
  • Proven track record of managing social media campaigns;
  • Experience working in higher education;
  • Experience with donor relations;
  • Experience with event planning as a form of strategic communication;
  • Experience working with or managing students.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Develop, implement, and manage the College’s strategic communications plan in consultation with the Dean of CLAS;
  • Serve as the principal communications professional for the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, focusing on the production of a variety of speeches, presentations, and other written materials, including but not limited to formal remarks to internal and external audiences, written communications to employees and external stakeholders, and regular college publications;
  • Create engaging content to promote CLAS and its academic programs, events, and activities to internal and external constituencies via annual reports, presentations, websites, marketing materials, videos, social media, and other media;
  • Support communications and marketing for CLAS units as part of the College-wide strategic communication plan;
  • Support communications for the CLAS Center for Experiential Education and Community Engagement in implementing the CLAS Voyage;
  • Support the CLAS Dean in collaborating with University Development to engage with donors and sustain relationships, including coordinating the CLAS Advisory Board;
  • Oversee CLAS website design and maintenance;
  • Oversee the design and execution of major CLAS events such as the GVSU Arts Celebration and two all-College meetings;
  • Serve as CLAS liaison to University Communications and Institutional Marketing;
  • Participate as a member of the Dean's leadership team and in various committees appropriate to the position.


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health/vision/dental plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit Benefits and Wellness - Grand Valley State University (

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.

Campus/University:  Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Detroit, Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable, and offers rich cultural amenities. Grand Valley is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Information can be found at Community Resources - Human Resources - Grand Valley State University ( Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance. The university seeks to create an inclusive and diverse environment for faculty and students while promoting enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and service. More information can be found at Grand Valley State University (

How to Apply: A complete application must include: (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications, your motivation to take this position, and how you address diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in the context of strategic communication (2) résumé, (3) and contact information for three professional references. Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to submit a portfolio of representative work, e.g., press releases, websites, social media campaigns, annual reports, speeches, letters of recommendation, etc.

If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.  Email questions about the position to: Donovan Anderson (

Application Deadline:  The review process will begin on November 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine policy that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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