Director of Government Relations and University
Category: Marketing/Public Affairs
Department: Communications and Marketing
Locations: Cambridge, MA
Posted: Sep 8, 2020
Closes: Open Until Filled
Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lesley
University is highly regarded for its graduate and undergraduate
programs in the human arts of education, the arts, and applied
social sciences. Lesley fosters a highly creative environment in
which innovative ideas thrive, theory is integrated with practice
and its 6,400 students and 90,000 alumni are empowered to improve
and enrich communities.
We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health,
dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we
offer substantial paid time off, a generous retirement plan, and
tuition programs that enable employees and their dependents to
expand their knowledge and skills.
Lesley is committed to the ongoing pursuit of strategic
diversity initiatives that help to position diversity, equity, and
inclusion as fundamental to institutional and academic excellence
at Lesley. In doing so, Lesley strives for a campus culture and
community that fosters a true sense of belonging for all, provides
opportunity for everyone to participate equally and fully in the
Lesley experience, and helps to develop each individual's capacity
to confidently and competently engage within and across difference.
Given an evolving national context and the rapid change in the
demographic profile of our country, the University has made a
significant commitment to addressing and enhancing its campus
climate and diversity capabilities as an institution.
Lesley seeks a Director of Government Relations and University
Communications, who will serve to execute a comprehensive
communications and community relations strategy to significantly
influence engagement with and across the University.
The selected individual, working directly with the President and
reporting to the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), will help drive the
University's messaging, brand and positioning in alignment with
short- and long-term strategic goals; design and execute evolving
institutional communication plans; research and write constituent
communications, speeches, remarks, and presentations for the
President; quickly and strategically develop internal and external
communications for the President, while ensuring the integrity of
the University's brand and managing its reputation in the
community; cultivate positive relationships with local residents
and businesses, government officials, civic organizations; counsel
the President on potential public relations concerns or
opportunities for expanding community engagement; and assist with
the expansion of partnerships with businesses, government agencies,
or other community organizations.
The successful candidate will have at least ten years of related
or transferable experience; a keen understanding of the issues
facing the University and higher education; exceptional
communication (verbal and written), leadership, planning,
organizational, problem-solving, decision-making, and interpersonal
skills; the ability to capture and write credibly in the voice of
the President; a deep knowledge of, and relationships with,
numerous individuals and organizations within the Cambridge and
Boston areas; demonstrated ability to respond quickly and
appropriately to crisis; and have at least a Bachelor's degree.
Master's degree other advanced degree in a relevant field will be
At Lesley University we strive for a supportive and equitable
environment where people -- regardless of race, physical ability,
age, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other
protected personal identities -- can participate equally and fully
as their true selves in all aspects of university life. We are
committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the fabric
of our institution.
A letter of interest, CV/resume, portfolio of writing samples
for external audiences, including the task, approach and results
when implemented, and a statement addressing past and/or potential
contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through
teaching, professional activity, and/or service must be included
for full consideration.