JOB OPPORTUNITY: Director of Communications

CITRIS Director of Communications at UC Berkeley

Job Title: Director of Communications, Job ID #23361

Location: Main Campus-Berkeley

Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

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First Review Date for this Position: Immediate Review

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Departmental Overview

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute create IT solutions for society’s most pressing challenges. With support from the State of California, matched by gifts from industry and individuals, CITRIS was established in 2001 to shorten the pipeline between world-class laboratory research and the development of new applications, platforms, companies and even emerging industries.

Headquartered at UC Berkeley, this multi-campus research institute spans the Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz and Merced campuses of the University of California. In addition to the Colleges of Engineering on these campuses, numerous other schools and academic departments (e.g., the Information School, the College of Environmental Design, School of Law, the Haas School of Business, College of Letters and Sciences and many others) are involved in the research of the Institute. All operational, administrative and financial matters for the Institute are provided or coordinated from the headquarters at UC Berkeley.

The Director of Communications will design and execute a robust strategic communications plan and outreach effort for diverse audiences. The Director will supervise staff and independent contractors to provide guidance and implementation for strategic messaging and outreach programs across multiple communications channels for this multi-campus research institute. The Director of Communications will work with CITRIS leaders, including the Director of Strategic Partnerships, to steward relationships and highlight successes among current and prospective CITRIS partners from industry and the public sector.

With support from industry and private gifts, the State of California has invested in the establishment of four Governor Gray Davis Institutes for Science and Innovation (GGDISI). As one of these institutes, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute is charged with having, through its research in information technology, a highly-visible impact on the quality of life of the people, the growth of California-based industry, and the improved effectiveness of many agencies of the State.


50% – Develops and manages a comprehensive communications strategy for CITRIS and the Banatao Institute across multiple channels including web, video, social media, newsletters, reports, print, broadcast, public events, and meetings. Directs all aspects of CITRIS communications across a variety of disciplines including content strategy, writing, editing, web design, graphic design, user experience, photography, videography, motion graphics, museum curation, event production, and public relations. Audiences include university leaders, affiliated faculty, corporate members and academic partners, media outlets, and elected officials.

20% – Selects, trains, guides, mentors, and evaluates staff and student assistants. Maintains staff development plans and annual goals. Ensures integration of various communications disciplines for most effective communications efforts. Manages frequent changes in priorities, timelines, and staff workloads and takes corrective action as required. Mentors staff in new and emerging communications skills.

10% – Ensures that high-quality work is completed within budget and time constraints. Reviews and edits deliverables to ensure consistent, compelling, and accurate messaging.

10% – Evaluates effectiveness of communications activities. Recommends and implements improvements to communications programs, tools, and processes accordingly.

10% – Participates in Chancellor, Advisory Board, GGDISI, campus, and operations staff meetings to understand emerging topics, gather stories, and advise on strategies. Represents CITRIS at external events and on-campus councils including the Berkeley Communications Roundtable, College of Engineering Communications workgroup, and the Berkeley Innovation Campaign.

Required Qualifications

  • Solid knowledge and understanding of all aspects of communications, including various technical aspects and requirements, emerging practices and platforms, and potential applications.
  • Experience creating, developing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive long- and short-term strategic communications plans within a large and distributed organization.
  • Ability to provide work direction for modern communications and outreach tools such as WordPress, social media platforms, analytics, website hosting and maintenance, graphic and multimedia design software, print production, customer relationship management (CRM) and mailing lists, and event management platforms.
  • Solid knowledge of the University of California system, especially the four CITRIS campuses, including its achievements, mission, vision, goals, policies, practices and infrastructure (external candidates must have the ability to quickly grasp the complexities of a multi-unit, multi-disciplinary organization).
  • Solid skills in advising and consulting management to ensure that desired institutional messages are delivered to appropriate target and/or broad general audiences.
  • Exceptional written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.
  • Solid supervisory skills to select, train, lead, direct, guide, motivate and evaluate professional and possibly support staff to produce high-quality work; skill to take corrective action as required.
  • Solid strategic planning, analytical, critical thinking, and project management skills, including skill in problem recognition, avoidance and resolution.
  • Solid skills to ensure production of high-quality work within budget and time constraints.
  • Knowledge of current affairs, issues in higher education, developments in science and technology research, use of technology and new media for social benefit and/or specialized subject matter.
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate about information technology, engineering, computer science, robotics, healthcare, civic engagement, innovation, entrepreneurship, and other domains central to the CITRIS mission.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related subject and/or equivalent experience/training.


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How to Apply

Log on to the UC Berkeley Jobs Portal and search for “23361” (Job Number) in the keyword search. Follow the instructions to apply for this position. Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.