Department:University Communications Appointment Type and Duration:Regular, Ongoing Salary:$48,000 - $53,000 per year Compensation Band:OS-OA06-Fiscal Year 2018-2019 FTE:1.0
Application Review Begins December 14, 2018; position open until filled.
Special Instructions to Applicants Please submit all of the following with your online application:
• A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement. Please discuss each element completely and succinctly.
• A resume of your educational and professional work experience.
• Work samples: Please upload one PDF file to the supplemental questions area of the application, containing 4-6 work samples from your current or previous employment that demonstrate strong writing skills and a firm grasp of communications concepts. In addition to the work samples, you may include portfolio or website links to your work.
Department Summary The department of University Communications is charged with telling the University of Oregon’s (UO) stories to a broad range of audiences and positioning the University to succeed and thrive. The department utilizes and manages a comprehensive suite of communications tools, including public relations, branding, advertising, licensing, digital media, and more for the benefit of the University.
Position Summary The Communications Specialist will assist the Provost’s Communications Director in coordinating, organizing and executing communication projects for individual units reporting within the Office of the Provost.
Essential responsibilities include project management, content writing, strategic planning, development, implementation and execution of communications plans. This position works with stakeholders across the Provost’s portfolio to develop ideas for stories, and recognize, organize and plan other important communications opportunities connected to all units in the provost portfolio, which includes, but is not limited to: Undergraduate Studies, the Office of International Affairs, the Graduate School, and the Teaching Engagement Program. The position will determine how best to proactively push them internally and externally. An emphasis will be placed on writing and producing materials that are clear, concise and of top journalistic quality/integrity.
This position works directly with the Provost Communications Director, the AVP of Content Strategy and other University Communications staff to ensure strategic, proactive, and cohesive messaging in support of the Provost’s initiatives and priorities, to position the university to succeed and thrive.
The person in this position will need to be proactive, work independently, show consistently sound judgment, and have a demonstrated ability to manage, understand, and communicate complex issues and institutional affairs to multiple audiences and through a variety of media. This includes developing positive relationships with administrative leadership and staff, faculty, students, and external stakeholders. The position may occasionally require working in the evening or on weekends.
This position reports directly to the Provost’s Communications Director.
Minimum Requirements • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or a closely related field. • Three years experience in communications, public relations, public affairs, or related field.
Professional Competencies • Excellent written and oral communications skills with a demonstrated ability to write, edit and create content for all mediums. • Demonstrated ability to create and manage communications plans and strategies. • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills that reach target audiences and key stakeholders of the Provost’s portfolio. • Ability to assimilate complicated information and write for a variety of audiences, media, and contexts. • Detail oriented and high level of accuracy and efficiency. • Experience with digital communications, including the development and understanding of content for websites. • Demonstrated ability to work independently, set appropriate work priorities, and require minimal supervision over regular work activities. • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment. • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines. • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and equity. • Ability to manage stressful or difficult situations in a calm, constructive and professional manner. • Ability to assist in developing and implementing communication protocols and quality standards for units reporting to the Provost. • Demonstrated ability to provide communications counsel and support for senior administrators, faculty, and staff. • Demonstrated ability to adapt tone and voice to reach intended audiences.
Preferred Qualifications • Experience in a higher education setting. • Experience in issue management, project management, and/or crisis communications. • Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.
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