Sep 28, 2021

Senior Director of Communications

  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA

Job Description

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) seeks an experienced, strategic communications professional to lead a small communications team and envision and organize the overall communications strategy of the organization. Reporting to the President, this position will work collaboratively with senior leadership of each department to develop and implement communication strategies to add positive value to the brand of Christian higher education and the organization, broaden the impact of CCCU’s programs, and oversee organizational messaging and constituent services.

A successful candidate must have a strong faith commitment and appreciation of Christian mission. The individual must be able to effectively work with a diverse membership constituency, have exceptional interpersonal skills especially in relation to building and maintaining media contacts, strong written and oral communication skills, and be an effective team leader. Candidate should be excellent at project management and experience managing a department budget. Policy and or Christian higher education experience a plus.

COVID-19 and Work Note:  The CCCU DC Headquarters is open 5 days a week. Staff can work up to 2 days remotely with approval of their supervisor. Candidates must be able to work and lead effectively in both an in-person and virtual environment.

CCCU employees are required to adhere and agree to follow certain guidelines and procedures to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Candidates must understand the nuances of the vaccination debate.  Vaccinations are not mandated at the CCCU but strongly encouraged. 


Hiring Organization

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities


Persons applying for the position should:

  • Have a strong appreciation for the Christian mission and purpose of the CCCU and its GlobalEd programs.
  • Affirm the Nicene Creed.
  • Have significant communications experience that includes a blend of advocacy and media relations (at least 5 years in a similar role).
  • Have excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Have experience managing others both in-person and remotely as well as working with contractors.
  • Be articulate, have a professional demeanor with strong self-confidence, initiative, and leadership skills.
  • Have a focus on keeping projects and people organized and moving towards a common goal/deadline while also maintaining standards and best practices and keeping key stakeholders informed.
  • Have a strong track record of positioning an organization to achieve tangible outcomes in a national communications environment.
  • Can coach and support senior leaders as spokespersons.
  • Can take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels.
  • Have a strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
  • Be a relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence".
  • Be an experienced department budget manager.
  • Can work under the pressure of multiple deadlines and conflicting priorities; and demonstrate good judgment.
  • Possess knowledge and understanding of Christian institutions of higher education, helpful but not required.
  • Experience working in databases; iMIS experience preferred
  • Experience working at an association or nonprofit a plus

Industry/Service Area

Media/News, Religious



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