The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community engagement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.The Communication Department is housed in the Social Sciences Division of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington. The Department provides a rigorous environment for highly motivated students looking for a profound educational experience within the discipline of Communication. The Department has 29 full-time faculty and 16 staff members serving on average 800 undergraduate majors, 200 graduate students as well as non-majors enrolled in courses.The University of Washington Communication Department has an outstanding opportunity for an experienced Communications and Outreach Specialist The Communications and Outreach Specialist serves in a collaborative position that manages the Department's communication with the public, students, and at times, alumni and faculty. This role also works closely with the Outreach and Alumni Relations Manager on the coordination of annual events and supporting activities to further the Department's initiatives. This is a 100% FTE Professional Staff appointment.The Communications and Outreach Specialist position generates and develops a wide variety of internally and externally published content that builds awareness, enhances the reputation of, and communicates the mission, values, and accomplishments of the Department. Content includes, but is not limited to program descriptions and stories, fact sheets, newsletters, brochures, media releases, talking points and digital messaging. Published materials can take the form of hard copy, digital content, videos and more. The Communications and Outreach Specialist will, in coordination and collaboration with the Outreach and Alumni Relations Manager and other Department Staff and Faculty as needed, act as the primary point of contact and organization for small and large events produced by the Department. The Communications and Outreach Specialist will use social media as appropriate to convey important and/or time-sensitive facts and information, including content that reinforces the Department's vision and values. Experience in higher education is a plus.This position may periodically supervise student staff, interns and/or volunteers on various ongoing or intermittent work in support of Department outreach projects, events and initiatives.Specific duties include:Internal and External Communications
Manage communications, marketing, and development approaches for the Department, in alignment with strategic goals.
Serve as the primary creator, editor and curator of Department stories (both digital and in print).
Ensure content fits within UW marketing plans and branding.
Maintain and implement social media strategy: Write, copy edit, post interactive content such as photos and videos, curate relevant content from other sources, monitor visitor interaction with digital properties in compliance with relevant policy and procedure, and monitor and use web statistics to guide future content and engagement.
Actively pitch and work with larger UW publications (Perspectives, Columns, College of Arts & Sciences marketing etc.) to coordinate placement of content.
Maintain and meet publication schedule for recurring communications (newsletters, stories of impact, student and faculty profiles) and ensure informational collateral and fact sheets are updated regularly and have a consistent style and message.
Maintain Department identity and ensure production of brand-consistent print and event collateral; print and electronic invitations and announcements; event presentations, and newsletters.Event ManagementIn collaboration with the Outreach and Alumni Relations Manager, act as event lead and point person for constituencies; volunteers, donors, parents, alumni families, vendors, fiscal staff, Department and University leadership. Lead the coordination and oversight of event details, designs, promotion, and logistics.Minimum Qualifications:
BA or BS in Communication/s, Journalism, Public Relations, or related field.
One to three years of related experience in the workplace.
Strong copy editing and writing skills.
Strong interpersonal and interviewing skills; professional manner with the ability to express oneself clearly and with empathy in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e. verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc.; ability to communicate constructively in a direct and professional manner
Demonstrated creativity, organizational ability and attention to detail.
Demonstrated proficiency in the use of social media to engage with communities.
Ability to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, set priorities and handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively. Adoption of responsibility and initiative to set and meet goals, objectives and obligations while representing the mission, visions and values of the organization.
Demonstrated ability to maintain confidences and protect confidential information.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team with a high level of initiative.
Experience with digital social media and technology for networking and content creation purposes.
Aptitude and willingness to learn tools, software and systems quickly.
Must value and contribute to the UW's commitment to inclusiveness, equity, and diversity
Flexibility to meet changing needs.
A well-developed imagination, a driving curiosity, and sense of humor.
Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for a degree.Desired Qualifications:
Experience working in/with an interdisciplinary or liberal arts educational context.
Deeper understanding of the University of Washington Communication Department through direct affiliation or collaborative work preferred.
Experience with University of Washington specific business systems, protocols, branding and marketing initiatives.Condition of Employment:
Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary, on short or limited notice.
Ability to stand and / or walk for long periods (4+ hours)
Ability to lift or carry up to 30 lbs.
Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and be willing to travel when necessary.
Some local, regional and out-of-state travel may be expected.Application Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select
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