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Strategic Constituent Relations Director

Iowa City, IA

Job Reference #: 72383

Job Information:

The College of Nursing at The University of Iowa invites applications for a Strategic Constituent Relations Director who will direct, develop, promote, and implement strategies and programs proactively to strengthen and maintain the college’s positive image, constituent relations and advancement activities in the college, on the University of Iowa campus, and through-out the state.  The director will develop and manage relationships with constituency groups e.g. University colleagues, alumni, employers, donors, corporate partners, and legislators. This goal is to be accomplished through effective communications, innovative programs, events, and projects and collaborative teamwork while concurrently engaging and aligning with the University of Iowa and Office of Strategic Communications policies and procedures.

The mission of the College of Nursing is to prepare nurse leaders and to be forerunners in the discovery, dissemination and application of nursing knowledge. As a state supported higher degree program in nursing, the college is committed to preparing nurse clinicians, scholars, and educators to meet the health needs of the people of Iowa. As part of a research intensive university, the College of Nursing supports its research mission through national and international leadership in innovative educational and practice programs and the generation of new knowledge.  To learn more about the College of Nursing please visit our website at

Key areas of responsibility
Strategic Planning: Create and oversee implementation of strategic communication and outreach vision and policies. Assess progress toward strategic communication and outreach goals. Align communication and external relations with collegiate strategic planning and goals.

Message Development and Implementation: Determine and develop college brand identity/ message and oversee brand integration throughout communication tools and materials. Recommend message strategy. Management responsibility for all communication materials through all media, including materials for Dean/VIP audiences. Create, review, edit, and approve fundraising communication materials. Develop and implement a plan for identifying and promoting accomplishments and activities of College faculty, staff and students.

Public Relations: Develop and manage relationships with constituency groups including University colleagues, alumni, employers, donors, corporate partners and legislators. Represent college on various internal or external committees, agencies, and associations. Drive engagement activities. Plan and participate in fundraising activities both on and off campus. Serve as unit liaison to UI Center for Institutional Advancement. Oversee the development of nomination materials for selected awards (e.g. the alumni award program).

Information Management: Develop and implement a plan for response to and requests for College of Nursing information and expertise.  Executes informational sessions on media coverage as appropriate. Responsible for developing and packaging annual collegiate report and other review reports as requested.

Financial Responsibility: Responsible for all aspects of the communications and outreach budgets for college/organizational unit. Provide final approval of financial transactions. Create systems for effective implementation and monitoring.

Leadership/Supervision: Supervise staff and student workers. Ensure compliance with all UI and UI Foundation policies and procedures. Develop and direct all aspects of unit strategic plan, budget and operations. Assess effectiveness, develop and manage operational improvement plans.

Required qualifications include:
  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field, i.e. journalism, marketing, communications, public relations
  • Three or more years of comprehensive constituent relations and communication leadership experience.
For more information about this position and to apply, please visit our website at and reference Requisition #72383.

The UI College of Nursing is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in achieving our education, research, service and practice missions. The College of Nursing’s commitment to diversity is a shared value as demonstrated through our Pillars of Diversity.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Posted 02/23/18

Job ID: 36589108