Director of Communications

Master's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1224
Date Posted:Apr 3, 2018
Closing Date:Apr 27, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Communication
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66

About American University of Afghanistan:

The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) is a private, non-profit university offering an American-style liberal arts education. We opened our doors in 2005 and currently offer 4 undergraduate academic majors and a new MBA program. We follow a strict non-discriminatory policy, and applicants from all ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are a young, dynamic university with a student population of nearly 950 students and we hope to reach 1,100 students by the spring 2013 academic semester. Construction has recently begun on a new 75 acre international campus.

Job Summary:

The Director of Communications will manage and direct all aspects of communications, public relations, and social media at the American University of Afghanistan. S/he will work closely with senior leadership to develop and implement communication strategies to broaden the impact of the University’s programs and oversee organizational messaging and constituent services.

Skills Required:

Not available

Provinces to travel:

Skills Description:

Required Basic Qualifications

Excellent interpersonal skills

Superior written and oral communication skills

Advanced computer skills

Ability to work under pressure and within limited timeframes

Excellent analytical, project management, and organizational skills

Demonstrated experience in administration, budget management, and human resources

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience in public relations for higher education

Duties & Responsibilities:

Description of Duties
The Director is responsible for the overall success of the communications strategy and public relations for the university. The Director has oversight of the department of communications, including the human resources and budgeting, in coordination with relevant AUAF administrative departments.

Directs and coordinates the university’s marketing, web presence, media presentations, and print media with other related university functions

Works closely with senior leadership to develop and refine core messages and communications strategies to ensure that they are presented effectively and consistently to broaden programmatic reach and deepen impact

Identifies significant media and public policy issues to leverage to support AUAF’s work, and create and implement plans to exploit them (internal, external and crisis plan)

Coordinates the development of a communications plan for the University as a whole and for specific functions, working closely with members of management and various constituencies of the institution

Develops relations with media, government and public, in close coordination with members of the senior administration

Compiles relevant data and information for use in media relations as well as in support of admissions and accreditation efforts

Receives guests and visitors to the campus and manages events as assigned, in coordination with the development department

Maintains and applies the style and brand guide for all print and web publications, ensuring consistent application of approved styles

Oversees the content development, accuracy, and editing of all regular and occasional print materials, the website, and social media; writes items for print and web delivery

Oversees organizational response to inquiries about AUAF; acts as primary contact for inquiry responses

Develops, revises and creates policy and procedures for crisis communications, social media, public relations, and all other aspects of communications
In addition to the above, the Director position is also responsible for managing and overseeing the human resources, budget execution and normal director-level activities to facilitate the department of communications’ activities.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul


Master’s in Communication, Public/Media Relations, or similar subject

At least three years of progressively higher responsibility communications experience that includes a blend of advocacy and media relations, strategic communications, and product positioning

Minimum five years’ experience in the area of communications and public relations

Demonstrated track record of positioning an organization to achieve tangible outcomes in a competitive communications environment

Demonstrated experience in managing and motivating staff

Demonstrated ability to coach and support senior leadership for media relations

Fluency in written and spoken Dari and English; Pashto in addition strongly preferred

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