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Director of Communications, Research

Saint Louis University

Job detailsJob TypeFull-timeFull Job Description

Who is Saint Louis University? Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nations oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities. SLU, which also has a campus in Madrid, Spain, is recognized for world-class academics, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service.

All About You

Under minimal administrative direction, the Director Communication, Research works collaboratively with the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), Taylor Geospatial Institute (TGI), and other Research Institutes (RI) leadership teams to create high-level communication and marketing pieces to support SLU researchs vision and mission. This position is a member of the Office of Vice President of Research communications team and works closely with the offices of Marketing and Communications, the Presidents Office, Development, and individual researchers at the university. The Communications Director, Research is also responsible for implementing a communications strategy that focuses on the research strategic priorities of the OVPR, TGI, and RI. Under direction of the Vice President for Research, the Director will lead a team of professionals committed to externally and internally elevating the scale and eminence of SLU research.



Develops, writes, and edits communications for various needs including content across digital, print and other channels (articles, newsletters, collateral, emails, presentations, talking points, website, social, etc.)


Develops and executes strategic communications plans focusing on increasing awards for SLUs Research Institute and achieving various goals and initiatives, leveraging a variety of internal communication channels external communications efforts to strengthen SLU research (e.g., OVPR, TGI, RI)


Engages internal PR teams to build external communications and promotions plans, partnering throughout all execution efforts


Maintains strong partnerships and collaboration with key constituents across the university including RI leads, TGI leads, SLU Faculty and Divisions, building consensus for communications plans and execution needs, and identifying promotional opportunities


Oversees and executes when needed, RI, TGI and/or other website content and strategy related to SLU Research, partners with internal Web and Social teams on overall strategy


Monitors and measures communications plans for effectiveness, proactively identifying optimization opportunities


Continuously innovates by staying informed of communication trends across the higher education industry


Develops and supports other communication efforts as needed



Teamwork and demonstrated ability to produce high-level written content, e.g., news releases, speech or letter writing, editorial writing, etc. about exciting developments related to SLU research

Excellent written, verbal, and digital communication skills

Analytical skills to develop and summarize the best strategies to convey a message

Creativity to produce exciting and interesting content

Organizational skills and the ability to multitask and prioritize projects while working on a deadline or in a fast-paced environment

High level of organizational skills, attention to detail, and excellence in management of large, organization-wide projects or initiatives

Personal qualities of integrity, professionalism, good judgment, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to service and treating others with respect.


Masters degree or advanced degree in or equivalent professional experience in a field related to in marketing, communications, public relations, journalism, or a related field with at least five years of work experience preferred in public relations, marketing, advancement, and/or media relations operation.

Vaccine Protocol
Saint Louis University requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, staff, and faculty who are physically present on our St. Louis campuses. As a prospective and/or a new employee at Saint Louis University, you will be/are required to comply with the Universitys vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination is required before the start of employment in order to work at Saint Louis University. If you are not vaccinated, you are required to begin the vaccination process at the time of your first day of employment and submit proof of full vaccination within 30 days of your start date. Exemptions may be granted on the grounds of religious beliefs or medical circumstances. Failure to comply with the vaccine requirement within 30 days of an employees start date will result in termination of the employment. Proof of vaccine will be submitted through an online portal made available to you during your Workday onboarding tasks



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Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-977-5847.

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