Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, invites applications,
nominations, and inquiries for the Director of Communications
position of the Jane Nelson
Institute for Women’s Leadership (JNIWL). The Institute is
led by Chief Officer
Mary Anne Alhadeff, a trailblazer within the public
broadcasting system and the North Texas nonprofit community. The
University seeks an experienced self-starter with superior written
and oral communication skills and the ability to multi-task in a
fast-paced environment. Reporting to the Interim Executive Director
of the JNIWL,
Shannon Mantaro, with a dotted line to the Chief Officer,
the director will lead all communications and public relations
efforts to promote the Institute, which is comprised of three
specialized centers - Center for Student
Leadership, Center for Women
Entrepreneurs and Center for Women in
Politics and Public Policy. Furthermore, the director will
take the initiative to become knowledgeable and keep abreast of all
aspects of the Institute in order to develop a strategic
communications plan to raise the visibility of the Institute with
internal and external constituencies. This includes promoting the
newly launched Sue S. Bancroft Women’s Leadership Hall, an
interactive history exhibit that showcases the contributions and
leadership legacy of Texas women in politics and public policy,
serving as a premiere destination for women’s leadership exhibits,
educational opportunities and events. The successful candidate will
have a high degree of intellectual curiosity, quest for life-long
learning. Lastly, the successful candidate will serve as an
integral member of the team and pitch in wherever and whenever
About Texas Woman’s University
Committed to transformational learning, discovery, and service
in an inclusive environment that embraces diversity, Texas Woman’s
University inspires excellence and a pioneering spirit. Founded in
1901 as the Girls Industrial College, today, Texas Woman’s University has over 16,000
students, 89% of whom are female, and is the first and only
university system in the nation with a woman-focused mission.
Dr. Carine M.
Feyten became the eleventh president and second chancellor
of Texas Woman’s University in 2014. According to U.S. News and
World Report, Texas Woman’s University tied fourth in the
nation for student diversity with 67% of the undergraduate
enrollment represented by minority students, making it a
majority-minority institution with designation as a Hispanic
Serving Institution (Hispanic, 34%; White, 31%; Black, 20%;
Asian/Pacific Islander, 11%; International/other, 4%). In addition
to the flagship, Denton location, the University System also has
two other campuses located in Dallas and Houston as well as an
e-learning campus, offering innovative online degree programs.
Director of Communications Role
The Director of Communications for the Jane Nelson Institute for
Women’s Leadership is responsible for elevating the internal and
external visibility of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s
Leadership. In this role, the individual will develop and implement
strategic, integrated internal and external communications plans;
develop a speech of record; develop content and update the
Institute’s websites; manage social media channels; develop a
proactive media relations agenda to highlight the advantages of the
institute’s alignment with the university. The Director of
Communications will draft presentations and write remarks, reports
and other written communications as assigned. The position will
also manage the communications functions related to JNIWL special
events and activities. This role will also promote the JNIWL’s Sue
S. Bancroft Women’s Leadership Hall as a premiere destination for
women’s leadership exhibits, educational opportunities and events.
Additionally, as liaison to the Marketing and Communications
department, the Director of Communications will create promotional
and informational materials for the JNIWL. Work is performed with
minimal supervision and performance is based on the effective
operation of all public relations functions. The performance
evaluation is conducted through the performance evaluation system
and in accordance with the University Policies &
Executive Director of Operations, JNIWL with dotted line to Chief
May supervise student assistants and other
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- May include, but not limited to the
- Working with JNIWL leadership, develops and implements a
multi-year strategic integrated communications plan.
- Works in collaboration with TWU’s Marketing and Communications
office, manages media relations for the JNIWL.
- Creates/writes newsletters, presentations and reports for CO
and others as assigned.
- Coordinates with Marketing and Communications to promote the
JNIWL in the chancellor’s “Boldly Go” newsletter, TWU News and
- Develops marketing materials for JNIWL.
- Manages the communications functions related to JNIWL special
events and activities.
- Manages website content creation (including management of
visuals) for the JNIWL.
- Develops marketing collateral materials for visitors to exhibit
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications & Characteristics
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communication, or a
closely related field of study required. Master’s degree
Ten (10) years of experience in communications
(written/verbal/visual/editing); public relations experience
(mid-level, at a minimum) particularly with respect to managing and
measuring effective internal and external internal communications;
experience in dealing with complex environments and an ability to
thrive despite competing deadline pressures; use of digital survey
instruments to gain feedback and inputs; strong interpersonal
communications capabilities; attention to detail and an
appreciation for the importance of information accuracy and
Regular and reliable attendance at the University during regular
scheduled days and work hours is an essential function of this
Knowledge, skills, & abilities
- Knowledge of principles and best practices of public relations
and marketing communications, including excellent interviewing,
writing and editing skills.
- Ability to direct and perform news/feature writing and
- Ability to direct and manage website communications.
- Ability to conduct communications research (surveys) and
measurement, social media and other communications channels.
- Ability to apply and implement strategic communications
principles and ethics.
- Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to plan, direct, and evaluate communications for a
complex organization and operational requirements, using human
resources, funds, and other resources to accomplish long-term and
short-term goals of the institution.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships
with JNIWL leadership, students, faculty, staff, alumni, partner
organizations, the public and others.
- Ability to provide administrative guidance within area of
responsibility, providing direct training and supervision as
- Ability to apply budgetary and fiscal planning techniques
within financial constraints.
- Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and
prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgement based on
an understanding of organizational policies and activities.
- Ability to communicate effectively, orally, by phone, in person
and in writing.
- Ability to use a personal computer and other office equipment,
including related university software and email.
Applications and Nominations
Texas Woman’s University has secured Capstone HigherEd Services,
LLC to assist with the search. Inquiries, nominations, and
application materials should be directed to Dr. Diana Pino at
or 713-955-2122 ext. 1000. For best consideration, please submit
application materials by January 31, 2023, however
the position will remain open until filled. Application materials
should be submitted in PDF format and include a letter of interest,
CV/resume, and contact information (email address and phone number)
for at least three professional references. References will not be
contacted without prior approval from the candidate.
The full position profile may be found at https://twu.edu/institute-womens-leadership/.
Texas Woman’s University strives to provide an educational
environment that affirms the rights and dignity of each individual,
fosters diversity, and encourages a respect for the differences
among persons. Discrimination or harassment of any kind is
Texas Woman’s University is committed to equal opportunity
in employment and education and does not discriminate on the basis
of race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic
origin, age, veteran’s status, or against qualified disabled
All positions at Texas Woman’s University are deemed
security sensitive requiring background checks.