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Director of Communications

POSITION DESCRIPTION

This position description is a general summary of the essential duties and responsibilities of the employment opportunity. Ralston College reserves the right to add, delete, or modify the duties and responsibilities contained in this description.

Job Title:  Director of Communications

Department: Advancement

Location:  Savannah, GA

Position Status:  Full Time, Exempt

Reports to:  Chief of Staff 

Salary: Competitive compensation and benefits package

POSITION SUMMARY

The Director of Communications is responsible for the design, implementation, and management of a range of online & offline communication strategies that work to fulfill the College’s mission: to revive and reinvent the traditional university and to inspire a renewal of the conditions of a free and flourishing human culture. Developing a comprehensive marketing, communications, and PR strategy, this individual will create content and manage day-to-day tasks, initiatives, events, and projects that support and promote the work of Ralston College. The Director of Communications will be a creative and conceptual thinker with the ability to execute the brand in both visual and verbal forms, integrating complementary processes, while also establishing and maintaining new systems.   

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Campaign Strategy Development & Management

  • Develop an overarching marketing and communications strategy for Ralston College that best supports and promotes the institutional brand and mission. 
  • Organize and execute campaigns for programs, lectures, courses, events, and other initiatives.   
  • Create and manage an editorial calendar for the College.   
  • Provide updates and smooth flow of information between multiple internal units as needed. Use project management tools to coordinate among team members. 
  • Maintain a keen understanding of industry trends and make appropriate recommendations regarding communication strategy surrounding them. 
  • Monitor and share usage data and analysis for all communications platforms.   
  • Assist with design and production of statistical reports and other basic infographics.

Social Media Management 

  • Create a social media strategy, identifying relevant platforms and mechanisms to best support the brand and messaging. 
  • Develop social media content and regular, engaging social media posts. 
  • Track campaign performance across different media, adjusting strategies in response to data.

Content Development 

  • Write and edit content for email newsletters, web, print materials, press releases, and social media.   
  • Prepare and maintain up-to-date information across all internal and outgoing communications, including event calendars and social media accounts, print materials, web content, digital display screens, posters, and other signage as needed.

Public Relations & Engagement

  • Participate in a range of office-wide events including open houses, professional development workshops, intra- and inter-department, and College-wide meetings. 
  • Leverage existing media relationships and cultivate new contacts within business and industry media to promote campaigns. 
  • Manage media inquiries and interview requests in a timely fashion and seek out advantageous press opportunities.   
  • Coordinate public relations activities ranging from interviews to press conferences, events, and social platforms. Distribute press releases, media alerts and statements to the media list. 
  • Perform other administrative support tasks as assigned in support of Ralston College mission and operations.  

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree required, MA preferred; as well as a strong intellectual orientation and sense of curiosity that will be credible to Ralston College's consituents. The ability to engage effectively with others in an intellectual context is critical.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience, including cultivating successful media campaigns and accomplishing goals in communications, marketing, and/or public relations, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and proven success in crafting creative content with a cultivated visual aesthetic and providing leadership, oversight, and strategic direction for communications program.
  • Experience working directly with the most senior levels of an institution is required. Ability to effectively strategize and engage various groups and constituents, including the president, governors, faculty, senior administrators, and major benefactors. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google suites of tools, social media platforms, specialized applications (i.e., Canva, MailChimp) and project management software.

PERSONAL QUALITIES & COMPETENCIES    

  • Commitment to, and passion for, the mission of Ralston College and the necessity of freedom of speech and inquiry both in higher education and in society at large.  Ability to communicate and create excitement about the College’s mission, vision, programs, and fundamental strengths.
  • Knowledge of the culture of academic institutions and in particular that of Ralston College.
  • Excellent organizational skills and analytical ability, an understanding of systems and how they work, experience in framing new programs, a strong focus on outcomes, and experience in conducting meetings and communicating results.
  • Excellent project management skills with ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong verbal communications and writing skills, demonstrated ability to engage broad audience.
  • Ability to anticipate problems and take necessary action to eliminate or mitigate potential negative effects.
  • A self-starter with a sense of urgency, a clear set of priorities, a strong work ethic, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a highly collaborative academic environment. Must have a creative approach to problem solving, and the ability to take advantage of emerging opportunities.
  • A commitment to self-development, and the ability to function at peak level in a high expectation environment are essential. 
  • Unimpeachable integrity and trustworthiness. Discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Much of the work of this position is completed while sitting at a desk, using a computer and phone. Requires talking, hearing and visual acuity sufficient to perform these major functions. 
  • Occasionally includes reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting up to 25 pounds for office equipment, supplies and materials.   

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please send a letter of interest and CV to employment@ralston.ac.

Director of Special Programs

 Position Description

This position description is a general summary of the essential duties and responsibilities of the employment opportunity. Ralston College reserves the right to add, delete, or modify the duties and responsibilities contained in this description.

Job Title: Director of Special Programs

Department: Non-Degree Programs

Location:  Savannah, GA

Position Status:  Full Time, Exempt

Reports to: Chief of Staff

Salary: Competitive compensation and benefits package

POSITION SUMMARY 

The Director of Special Programs is responsible for planning, production and implementation of events and activities that promote intellectual discourse and further the mission of Ralston College. This includes all non-degree special events, podcasts, webinars, and the annual Savannah Symposium. The Director will continuously seek to identify and engage new audiences, scholars and speakers to fulfill programming and revenue streams. Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Director coordinates closely with the Creative Director and the Director of Online Education among others to achieve responsibilities. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES 

Savannah Symposium

  • Responsible for the programming, organization, budget management, partnership building, execution, and onsite management for a cultural-intellectual festival, Savannah Symposium, comprised of three intense days of grappling with big questions and great works of art and literature. 
  • Work closely with the unit directors to research, invite participants, and propose programming.
  • Direct development and implementation of programming plans, oversee panelist contacts, and report regularly to College leadership to ensure that objectives are being met.
  • Suggest, build and maintain partnerships with sponsors and key stakeholders in order to secure private funding.
  • Act as the primary contact for all Symposium participants and partners; Liaise with Hotel and Transport Coordinator to ensure that all transportation and accommodation needs are met; Provide participants and partners with clear itineraries.
  • Oversee budgets; monitor revenues and expenses on a regular basis.
  • Create a plan to integrate Ralston College’s candidates for an MA in Humanities in the programming.
  • Produce bios, event listings, curatorial statements and all required information for all events, activities, panelists and participants, for publication both online (for all events), and in the printed program.
  • Coordinate with Creative Director to align and enhance the Ralston College brand and visual identity.
  • Liaise with Director of Communications on marketing and communications initiatives associated with promoting Savannah Symposium events.
  • Liaise with Director of Campus Planning & Operations on matters affecting use of campus facilities.
  • Liaise with external partners to develop a global strategy.
  • Conduct wrap-up, which includes ensuring that partner and sponsor agreements are fulfilled and speakers and attendees receive appropriate follow-up information. 

Live Webinar

  • Coordinate with President and unit directors to set objectives, strategy, goals for live webinars.
  • Establish a schedule of live webinars, setting speaker, topic, and date for each.
  • Request draft description from speaker; send for approval to identified leadership.
  • Liaise with Director of Communications on marketing and communications initiatives associated with promoting live webinars.
  • Schedule meeting with speaker, sound check (day before).
  • Check-in 1-hour prior before start time.
  • Follow up with speakers – send thank you note; process payment.
  • Collect and review analytics for event, including follow-up communications with attendees.

Podcast

  • Coordinate with President and unit directors to set objectives, strategy, goals for podcasts – those generated from a live webinar and those recorded specifically for planned release.
  • Establish a schedule of podcasts, including setting dates, speakers, and topics in coordination with leadership.
  • Manage invitation of speakers, as needed.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Communications to ensure promotion is planned.
  • Follow up, thank you to the speaker.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE 

  • Bachelor's degree required, MA/PhD preferred; as well as a strong intellectual orientation and sense of curiosity that will be credible to Ralston College's constituents. The ability to engage effectively with others in an intellectual context is critical.
  • Five+ years of relevant experience, including planning, producing, and managing high-quality, curated events, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and proven success in directing the design of complex events. 
  • Experience working directly with the most senior levels of an institution is required. Ability to effectively strategize and engage various groups and constituents, including the president, governors, faculty, senior administrators, and major benefactors. 
  • Proven track record of building creative content and providing leadership, oversight, and strategic direction for events.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google suites of tools, and expertise in specialized computer software programs for creating event layout diagrams. 
  • Experience drafting event-focused emergency plans.

PERSONAL QUALITIES & COMPETENCIES

  • Commitment to, and passion for, the mission of Ralston College and the necessity of freedom of speech and inquiry both in higher education and in society at large.  Ability to communicate and create excitement about the College’s mission, vision, programs, and fundamental strengths.
  • Knowledge of the culture of academic institutions and in particular that of Ralston College.
  • Excellent organizational skills and analytical ability, an understanding of systems and how they work, experience in framing new programs, a strong focus on outcomes, and experience in conducting meetings and communicating results.
  • Excellent public relations, project, and event management skills.
  • Strong verbal communications and writing skills, demonstrated ability to write run of show schedules, event set-up and strike instructions.
  • Ability to anticipate problems and take necessary action to eliminate or mitigate potential negative effects.
  • A self-starter with a sense of urgency, a clear set of priorities, a strong work ethic, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a highly collaborative academic environment. Must have a creative approach to problem solving, and the ability to take advantage of emerging opportunities.
  • A commitment to self-development, and the ability to function at peak level in a high expectation environment are essential. 
  • Unimpeachable integrity and trustworthiness. Discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Much of the work of this position is completed while sitting at a desk, using a computer and phone. Requires talking, hearing, and visual acuity sufficient to perform these major functions.
  • Regularly requires navigating various event spaces and maneuvering through a variety of physical environments.
  • Occasionally includes reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting up to 25 pounds for office or event equipment, supplies, and materials.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please send a letter of interest and CV to employment@ralston.ac.

 

Administrative Assistant

POSITION DESCRIPTION

This position description is a general summary of the essential duties and responsibilities of the employment opportunity. Ralston College reserves the right to add, delete, or modify the duties and responsibilities contained in this description.

Job Title: Administrative Assistant

Location: Savannah, GA

Position Status: Part-Time (hourly), Non-Exempt

Reports to: Chief of Staff

Salary: Competitive compensation and benefits package

POSITION SUMMARY

The Administrative Assistant (AA) will provide support to the general operations and well-being of staff, faculty, students, and guests in pursuit of Ralston’s mission to revive and reinvent the traditional university and to inspire a renewal of the conditions of a free and flourishing human culture. The AA will be responsible for many clerical tasks to ensure faculty, staff, students, and guests can communicate and work efficiently. With attention to detail and a customer-service oriented mindset, the AA will assist with day-to-day operations by completing tasks such as filing paperwork, answering phone calls, preparing documents for meetings, managing calendars, and coordinating the logistics of travel, properties, visitors and guests. The AA will be a highly responsive, detail oriented, and punctual person with the ability to problem solve and make decisions in step with the principles and character of the institution. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Scheduling 

  • Coordinating appointments, meetings, and other relevant engagements on behalf of faculty and staff.
  • Assisting with managing the calendar of the Chief of Staff and other faculty and staff as needed.
  • Supporting the facility management of College-owned buildings by scheduling and arranging various vendors for maintenance and repair.

Travel Coordination

  • Facilitating travel for the faculty and staff members, and other official visitors by making travel arrangements and preparing associated itineraries, approval forms, and expense reports.

Events & Meetings

  • Supporting event coordinators by completing various administrative and logistical tasks related to functions hosted by the College.  
  • Providing support during the events to ensure a smooth operation of the function.
  • Attendance and participation in the intellectual life of the college, from lectures to events, will also be required at times. 

Clerical / Reception 

  • Answering phone calls and greeting all guests and visitors with a professional and helpful demeanor that promotes a positive image of Ralston College. 
  • Creating files and records and filing documents according to a prescribed filing system, using judgment and knowledge of office requirements. 
  • Occasionally fulfilling tasks that include going off-campus to support business needs, including errands that support the function of the College.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor's Degree preferred, High School diploma or equivalent required.
  • 2-4 years’ relevant experience, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures including proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google suite of tools.

PERSONAL QUALITIES & COMPETENCIES

  • Commitment to, and passion for, the mission of Ralston College and the necessity of freedom of speech and inquiry both in higher education and in society at large. 
  • Knowledge of the culture of academic institutions and in particular that of Ralston College.
  • Excellent organizational skills and analytical ability, an understanding of systems and how they work, and a strong focus on outcomes.
  • Strong verbal communications and writing skills.
  • Ability to anticipate problems and take necessary action to eliminate or mitigate potential negative effects.
  • A self-starter with a sense of urgency, a clear set of priorities, a strong work ethic, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a highly collaborative academic environment.
  • A commitment to self-development, and the ability to function at peak level in a high expectation environment are essential. 
  • Unimpeachable integrity and trustworthiness. Discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Much of the work of this position is completed while sitting at a desk, using a computer and phone. Requires talking, hearing, and visual acuity sufficient to perform these major functions.  
  • Occasionally includes reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting up to 25 pounds for office equipment, supplies and materials.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please send a letter of interest and CV to employment@ralston.ac.

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