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Communications Assistant Director

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Are you interested in supporting a dynamic Institute and joining a collegial, skilled, and fast-paced team that is committed to developing its staff members? Please consider applying to serve the Nanovic Institute for European Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs!

The Communications Assistant Director serves a critical role in executing and advancing Institute objectives by directing the Institute’s communications team and shaping the strategic communications vision in conversation with leadership. The position will also be responsive to variable special needs and projects of the Institute. The position reports to the Associate Director.

Duties include:

Communications strategy and leadership. Lead the communications team at the Institute including directing the publicity strategy for Institute initiatives, proposing an annual budget and managing expenses for communications, serving as an effective supervisor for the team graphic designer, editing of the writer’s stories, and overseeing and creating content for Institute platforms. The position will require a deep knowledge of communications, particularly content creation (writing/editing, print media, and digital media including web, video, social media, and other platforms). The position will also collaborate with the Dean’s Office communications team and serve as an Institute representative on the Keough School’s communicators committee.

Publications and editorial director. Oversee and develop an annual editorial calendar in conversation with Institute leadership and the communications team. Serve as the primary point of contact for Nanovic communications platforms and media, including its website, social media, email campaigns, video projects, and the Institute’s publication series. Elevate publications with Media Relations, the Office of Strategic Content, and others in OPAC as needed. Review and proof ads, posters, articles, event briefs, press releases, year-in-review, etc. prior to publication. Oversee and launch new European Studies book series with a major University academic press.

Special Projects. Handle special projects as assigned by the Director or the Associate Director. This might include the editing of journals and oversight of the coordination of online or in-person events (such as flash panels). These projects will vary.

Teamwork. Participate in Institute and leadership team meetings, and assist other Nanovic Institute staff members as needed. Collaborate with colleagues in the Keough School of Global Affairs as appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree (4 years).

  • 3 to 4 years of relevant experience in communications.
  • Superior communications skills, particularly in writing and editing.
  • Some experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (e.g., Express, InDesign, PhotoShop, Premiere, etc.) and willingness to learn other programs as needed (e.g., Emma, Issuu).
  • Some experience with website maintenance, content management systems (e.g., Conductor), and video.
  • Willingness to learn about and work effectively within Notre Dame’s wider network of communicators.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously with careful attention to detail.
  • Strong accountability and ability to work efficiently to meet deadlines.
  • Some project management experience preferred.
  • Professional demeanor and ability to interact with faculty, staff, and visitors in a variety of disciplines.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduate degree preferred.

Experience in higher education.


Nanovic Inst for European Studies (38030)

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Communications & Marketing / Marketing

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EIC 2 Professional

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up to $70,000 commensurate with experience

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S1 - FT Exempt

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