Associate Director of Communications

SUNY Orange County Community College   Middletown , NY   Full-time     Education
Posted on February 22, 2023
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About SUNY Orange:

Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange), located in the scenic Hudson Valley, is a multi-campus College with locations in the cities of Middletown and Newburgh, NY. We proudly claim the distinction of being the first county-sponsored New York State Community College. And, for over 70 years, SUNY Orange has been the primary workforce provider and educational resource for residents of Orange County and neighboring counties.

Our students come from all walks of life and are committed to their education and career development. Our graduates speak highly of a curriculum that challenges them and prepares them upon graduation to be competitive and successful if they are directly entering the workforce or to thrive when they transfer to four-year institutions. SUNY Orange values diversity, has been certified as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has been named a Military Friendly college.

The College seeks dynamic individuals eager to engage in thoughtful, energetic and impactful leadership, and to help shape the future of a College that is respected within its community. If you desire the opportunity to mold the members of our diverse student body into the accomplished professionals and leaders they wish to become, crave an administrative atmosphere where creativity and forward-thinking ideas are welcomed, and are willing to roll up your sleeves to make it all happen, we encourage you to consider joining our College community.

Job Description:

Reporting to the Executive Director for Communications, the Associate Director of Communications will assist in communicating SUNY Orange's message to internal and external audiences by supporting and/or implementing media relations, communications, marketing and visual identity plans in collaboration with the Executive Director for Communications. The Associate Director of Communications will complete, or coordinate the completion of, a variety of selected College publications (including guides, brochures, catalogs, flyers, postcards, programs and invitations); compose and edit text for a wide variety of College needs (publications, programs, marketing and admissions materials, College web site, social media platforms, and other outreach initiatives); and photograph/video selected College events. The Associate  Director of Communications must possess excellent communication, organization, analytic and time management skills, possess outstanding aesthetic judgment, be creative, and have an understanding of image building. The Associate  Director of Communications should have a demonstrated and thorough knowledge of integrating communication initiatives among multiple platforms.  As a back-up to the executive director, frequent weekend and evening work may be required.



Education Required:         Bachelor's Degree.

Experience Required:       Four years of experience of increasing responsibility in public information; a proven track record in writing for print, digital and social media platforms; experience having designed publications for communications and/or marketing efforts; an understanding of today's print, broadcast and digital media.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Worker Characteristics:

  • Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communication, Mass Communication or related field.
  • Working in higher education
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to effectively establish and maintain working relationship with supervising personnel, co-workers, all college employees and the public
  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Demonstrated skill and experience using graphic design software
  • Understanding of contemporary traditional and digital marketing trends
  • Familiarity with the SUNY Orange target demographics
  • Must be able to travel between the college's two campuses and other sites
  • Bilingual skills

Additional Information:

Deadline for Applying: March 24, 2023

Position begins ASAP

Salary: $53,974-$71,515 per annum; commensurate with experience.  This is a Staff & Chair, Grade 60, 12 month position.

SUNY Orange offers a very competitive benefits package which includes excellent low cost health insurance as well as a generous leave policy.

Please see application instructions below.

Orange County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction or any other category protected by law. The College adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in public institutions of higher education. Inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy may be directed to: Iris Martinez-Davis, Civil Rights Compliance Officer, 115 South Street, Middletown NY 10940, (845) 341-4662,

Application Instructions:

Create a SUNY Orange Employment Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button. Upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References: Include three (3) professional references (including names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses). References will not be contacted without prior permission of the candidate.
  • Orange County Community College values a diverse and inclusive community. Please include in your cover letter an answer to the following questions:
    1. How has diversity and inclusion played a part in your career?
    2. How would you bring that insight into your position at the college?


Official transcripts will be required upon employment. Foreign transcripts which are not accompanied by an evaluation from an approved agency may not be reviewed. Applicants may contact NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluating Service) at to obtain a list of members providing this service. Any expenses incurred for this service must be borne by the applicant. Foreign transcript translations by applicant or educational institution are not acceptable.

All applicants must have the legal right to accept employment in the United States. SUNY Orange does not support visa applications.

Employment at the College may be subject to the favorable result of a background investigation.

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