Director, HR and Payroll Communications

Clemson, SC

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Ranked consistently as one of the best national public university by U.S.News & World Report, Clemson is a science- and engineering-oriented college dedicated to teaching, research and service. Founded in 1889, we remain committed both to world-class research and a high quality of life. In fact, 91 percent of our seniors say they’d pick Clemson again if they had it to do over.

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Our beautiful college campus sits on 1,400 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the shores of Hartwell Lake. But we also have research facilities and economic development hubs throughout the state of South Carolina — in Greenville, Greenwood, Columbia and Charleston.

Director, HR and Payroll Communications


The Director of Human Resources and Payroll Communications resides inside the Office of Human Resources and oversees the day-to-day operations of communication within those areas. The director serves on the Operational Communications Leadership Team within the Division of Marketing and Communications. Develops, directs and executes both internal and external strategies for these service areas to include presentations, briefings, communication releases, large- and small-scale communication plans and project summaries. Implements a digital, social media strategy for these service areas. Other duties as assigned.


30% - Strategic Organizational Communications:
-Design and manage product-specific marketing/communications plans, including events, new or existing product/service offerings and new or existing projects.
-Establish monthly organizational updates (to internal HR and Payroll leaders) as well as other internal communication activities such as events, town halls, etc.
-Lead social and digital media strategy and the execution of strategy on various social and digital platforms.

25% - Project Management/Operational Change Communications:
-Develop and maintain relationships with communicators across the institution especially while working large, collaborative projects.
-Serve as liaison to operational change teams - ERP implementation, etc. Assists with deploying the vision and strategy for internal changes, using communication to drive adoption of changes. Understands stakeholder concerns, providing change management support though socialization and communication.
-Collaborate on general project management activities, providing key communications support for projects and upgrades to projects and services to include HR/Payroll system updates.
-Track, update and maintain project documentation.
-Serve as liaison between the HR/Payroll and the Division of Marketing and Communications. 
-Provide insights and guidance as a communication leader.
-Ensure consistency in messaging across the organization.

25% - Lead Unit-level Communications:
-Operational Communication - design campus-wide notifications as needed for HR units and the Payroll Office.
-Website content maintenance and web collateral development, including responsibility for maintaining and updating relevant content on the HR/Payroll website as well as web development for any new or existing projects as assigned.
-Other communication support as needed by the Chief Human Resources Officer.

15% - Campus Media Coordination/Collaboration:
-Provide superior customer support through monthly meetings with various stakeholder groups throughout campus, including the Staff Senate, etc., to effectively develop joint communication plans for cross-unit projects and initiatives.
-Serve on the Operational Communications Leadership Team within the Division of Marketing and Communications.

5% - Management:
-Hire, supervise and direct the work of student interns to assist with communication-specific projects for the organization. Mentor student interns and help to develop new skills and abilities to meet the project needs.


Education: Bachelor's Degree

Experience: Public relations experience in an administrative capacity


Education: Master's Degree
Work Experience: 10+ years of relevant experience in media relations, comprehensive writing



Firm working knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures and ability to use in varied situations

Supervises Student Workers only 

No fiscal responsibility for the department's budget.


Sit (stationary position) for prolonged period (70%)
Walk or move about (10%)
Ascend or descend (i.e. stairs, ladder) (5%)
Communicate, converse, give direction, express oneself
Recognize or inspect visually
Perceive, observe, clarity of vision


  Overnight Travel (5%)


Standard Hours: 37.5/week

Expected Salary Range: $ 63,707.00 - $ 84,000.00


Normal Operations

Required to follow emergency facility closure directives, and not normally expected work on-site during emergency situations.


Clemson, SC


February 27, 2023


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