Virginia Tech National Security Institute seeks a Communications Manager to lead and implement marketing and communications activities in support of the vision and strategic directions of the institute that was launched September 2021.
Reporting to the Associate Director of Education and Outreach for the institute and working closely with the Senior Director of Communications and Marketing for Research and Innovation, this position will be responsible for planning, executing, and implementing a comprehensive communications and marketing program for the National Security Institute, and align those activities with university wide communications, marketing, and branding initiatives. The Communications Manager will work closely with the National Security Institute leadership team and faculty to promote the institute’s goals to be a recognized leader in the national security field.
This work will include managing the institute’s website and social media platforms, updating and enhancing material routinely, overseeing the management, organization, and structure of the public content across all media and advancing the institute’s presence through a multimedia effort, including storytelling that highlights research discoveries, prestigious awards and accolades, and other initiatives as directed. This position also supports development of digital and print materials for on and off campus programs and initiatives, ensures compliance with university brand standards involving communications, marketing, and public activities. The selected person will need to build a team, including supervising communications interns/program assistants.
The ideal candidate will be able to write and edit content for VT News, periodic digital newsletters, annual reports, and other related materials as necessary, in collaboration with the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for Research and Innovation. The position will work closely with faculty and institute leadership to collect data and information for electronic and print materials, develop material for departmental programs including, but not limited to project activities on and off campus, support the units’ comprehensive communications, publications, and printing operations, write/designs/edit the department's related news and publications for digital and print media. This position will work collaboratively with colleagues from university relations at Virginia Tech and be integrated into the Research and Innovation team with a regular cadence of meetings to ensure the position is supported, resourced, and aligned, in effort to enhance the reputation of Virginia Tech research and build brand recognition for the institute and it’s programs.
The selected candidate must be able to attend conferences and other events on behalf of the institute and effectively communicate the vision and mission of the organization.
Based on the foundation of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology, Virginia Tech launched the Virginia Tech National Security Institute in September 2021. With a presence in Blacksburg and the Washington, D.C., metro area, the institute aspires to be the nation's preeminent academic organization at the nexus of interdisciplinary research, technology, policy, and talent development, the national security institute will advance national security in pursuit of a secure America.