Communications Director
Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education

The Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) is seeking Communications Director to be responsible for communications program planning and implementation, product development and production, outreach and communication, event planning, and website maintenance.


  • Define and maintain awareness of the Center’s communications goals and needs, and develop outreach strategies to promote the Center.
  • Lead project heads in developing promotional content and oversee the work of SCOPE staff in producing promotional content and press materials.
  • Oversee and support the production of publications (reports, briefs, brochures, learning tools) and collateral pieces, taking them from draft word documents through a process of editing, layout, copyediting, and online and/or print publication.
  • Write, edit, and disseminate press materials.
  • Manage media events, and establish media contacts to develop and maintain ongoing interest in Center news.
  • Establish and expand relations with primary constituencies for Center research, including other organizations with shared agendas.
  • Maintain and expand SCOPE’s virtual community using e-newsletters, social media outreach, and other electronic outreach.
  • Maintain and expand Center mailing lists and audiences.
  • Identify appropriate venues (news media; national professional organizations; federal, state and local technical assistance providers; periodicals, etc.) for dissemination and promotion of Center products.
  • Further the reputation and visibility of SCOPE nationally, locally, and within the Stanford community.
  • Maintain the Center’s web site and social networking sites, both developing and updating content and overseeing the SCOPE Web and Publications Manager and coordinating with other Center staff and leadership to keep web content current.  Ensure site functionality.
  • In collaboration with Center leadership, conceive and implement an annual brown bag lecture series and other events.
  • Oversee the production of analytics from the Center’s web site and social media sites and use them to assess impact and inform strategy.
  • Track communications expenses and maintain a communications budget.
  • Maintain an internal publications and events calendar.
  • When required, respond to media issues concerning SCOPE and the School of Education.


  • Four-year college degree or equivalent required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Five-10 years’ experience in public relations.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic communications plans.


  • A strong understanding of visual and message branding.
  • The ability to develop accessible messages from research findings and relate them to current policy and news in engaging and meaningful ways.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Experience in publication and project management.
  • Ability to coordinate with project leaders to conceive and produce materials to support Center products and events.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse constituency.
  • Ability to translate educational research findings into informational and instructional products for diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge (intermediate to expert) in software used for print and electronic publication.
  • Knowledge of web and graphic design, a plus.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal communications groups across campus.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in working with a variety of people and audiences.
  • Knowledge of education policy, education practices, and education media highly desirable.

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For more information, contact Jon Snyder at or 650.724.5858.

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