Director of Public Affairs with Pac-12 Conference in San Francisco, CA

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On July 1, 2009, Larry Scott joined the then Pac-10 Conference as its sixth Commissioner, succeeding Tom Hansen who had been in the role the previous 26 years.  Over the past 8 years Commissioner Scott has led the transformation and evolution of the Conference into a nationally and internationally recognized collegiate sports brand.  In July 2011, the Pac-10 officially became the Pac-12 Conference with the addition of the University of Colorado and the University of Utah. 
The Conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” earning more than 501 NCAA team titles over the past 20 years, and has led the nation in NCAA Championships in 46 of the last 52 years. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities: The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. 
With more than 110 Nobel Laureates across all of its campuses and 504 NCAA Championships, the Conference is synonymous with both academic excellence and athletic success.
The Pac-12 Conference is seeking team members that aspire to build the Pac-12 to be the leading collegiate athletic conference in the United States. The Pac-12 Conference is committed to diversity and gender equality in the workplace.   We encourage applications from women and people of diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. The Pac-12 Conference is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Conference office is located in San Francisco, California
Position Title: Director of Public Affairs
The Pac-12 Conference is seeking a Director of Public Affairs. The candidate will have extensive experience in strategic communications, ideally in the sports industry, with an expertise in corporate communications, issues management, brand communications, crisis management, thought leadership, executive communications and all aspects of communications writings. He/she will possess very strong writing and communication skills, analytical skills, natural marketing and PR instincts, and a strong interest in sports. He/she will report directly into the VP of Public Affairs, Head of Communications and have the following responsibilities: 
•       Work closely with VP of Public Affairs, Head of Communications on all aspects of corporate communications and issues management, including extensive writing 
•       Work closely with VP of Public Affairs, Head of Communications on all aspects of brand communications, thought leadership, executive communications and crisis communications
•       Work with the VP of Public Affairs, Head of Communications and Chief Marketing Officer to support Pac-12 and the Commissioner’s public appearances and communications priorities, including speech writing and related writings.
•       Coordinate and execute public affairs campaigns that achieve brand and corporate communications objectives.
•       Help develop and execute strategic communications plans.
•       Research and report on public issues important to the Pac-12.
•       Collaborate with Pac-12 digital on social media and digital strategy as it relates to corporate communications matters.
•       Spearhead the conference’s daily digital and social media presence, voice, positioning, and strategy across multiple platforms 
•       Collaborate closely with Pac-12 Networks communications, production and programming as required in support of corporate communications objectives
•       Manage and coordinate improved internal media monitoring and reporting capabilities.
•       Co-edit and oversee internal employee newsletter
•       Support member institutions on corporate communications matters.
•       Other duties as assigned by VP of Public Affairs and CMO.
Key Relationships:
•       Pac-12 Conference and Networks Communications staff
•       Pac-12 Marketing staff
•       Pac-12 athletic and academic members’ public relations offices
•       National and local media
Job Requirements: 
·       A preferred 8-10+ years of strategic communications experience (preferably in sports and ideally with knowledge of collegiate athletics), including very strong corporate communications, issues management and writing/verbal skills, along with strong brand communications, executive communications, crisis communications, and thought leadership skills.
·       BA/BS from four-year college or university in Communications or Marketing (or other degree or equivalent).
·       Understanding/interest in collegiate sports important.
·       Individual must be a team player, able to handle multiple tasks, extremely organized, accurate, responsible, flexible, diplomatic and able to work well under pressure.
·       Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products or equivalent.
·       Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to interact professionally with all levels.  
·       Superior- writing skills across a variety of formats ranging from key messages and speeches to position papers and news releases. 
·       This role is a non-exempt position. 
·       Position requires some travel. 
·       The position currently resides in our San Francisco California office. 
Application Process:
In order to be considered, all applicants must apply on This position will be posted and open through January 31, 2018. When applying through Teamwork Online, please also include a cover letter stating your professional goals and how they relate to the Director of Public Affairs opportunity.

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