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Vanderbilt University Communications Relationship Manager for Administration and Internal Communication in Nashville, Tennessee

Communications Relationship Manager for Administration and Internal Communication (Job Number: 1900554)


Reporting to the Director of Internal Communications, the Communications Relationship Manager will serve as the hub for coordinating Division of Communications support for key university partners to support their priorities. This position will be charged with working with the partner to develop and operationalize communications and marketing strategies that support partner goals. In addition to coordinating directly with the partner leadership and their key staff, the Communications Relationship Manager will consult with local staff responsible for day-to-day communications needs, including basic web content updates, social media monitoring and maintenance, and event logistics

The Communications Relationship Manager will be a member of the University Relations department within the Division of Communications. University Relations is responsible for developing and executing strategic communications that advance the university’s priorities and promote engagement among its core, affiliated audiences: faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, parents and prospective students.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Designs,develops and implements communications strategies that enable partner toaccomplish desired goals with regard to peer departments, professionalorganizations, publication venues and funding agencies

  • Ensuresthat communications efforts are coordinated and appropriate in support ofcurrent goals and objectives of the partner and VU

  • Servesas project coordinator for all of partner’s internal and outbound marketingcommunications, including overall messaging, as well as coordination ofpublications with the marketing and communications plan and budget

  • Facilitates the process through which each strategyis defined as a project with explicit scope, deliverables, milestones, drivers,stakeholders and subject matter experts

  • Leadsthe creation, execution and measurement of communications plans that supportcommunications and marketing strategies

  • Coordinatesresolution of project challenges by communicating effectively andprofessionally to leaders

  • Participatesin a team-based environment, providing support for programs and initiativesacross the department

  • Develops,implements and administers a variety of special projects; provides assistanceto leaders when necessary; and identifies methods and resources needed forsuccessful project planning

  • Maintains an organized record of major advertisingand promotional events

  • Writesand edits news, feature articles and special topics for university publications

  • Overseesthe production of marketing, communications, advertising and promotionalmaterials for various programs

  • Providesoverall support as needed and assigned for department priorities


The ideal candidate with have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and 1-5 years of experience.

Additional Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communicationskills

  • Communications planning and strategyexperience

  • Experience with a diverse array of stakeholders andmessaging strategies

  • Ability to advise on sensitive matters in time-sensitive, urgent orcrisis situations

  • Fluency with social media and web content

  • Ability to produce attractive, high-qualitypresentations, documents and simple graphics

  • Highly organized

  • Experience with project management and managing multiple competingdeadlines

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2018 (Forbes).

About Vanderbilt Benefits

Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity andInclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 41400 - University Relations

Job: External Affairs & Communications Professionals

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