The role of the University of Minnesota College of Design’s Web Communications Associate (University Classification #8442) is to write, edit, and maintain the College of Design’s primary web pages. The Web Communications Associate ensures that all web communication tools are designed to engage targeted stakeholders, enhance and promote the reputation of the college, and provide accurate and interesting information about how faculty, researchers, staff and students, are involved in education, research, and outreach.
The right candidate is an agile team member who combines strong skills in writing and editing with visual composition and communication; provides excellent customer service for a wide array of diverse stakeholders; has experience working with content management systems and social media, and is able to manage competing priorities. The Web Communications Associate will work closely with the department's communications team on the creation of content for the college’s website. In this way, the position will also help garner support from and recruit prospective students, faculty, collaborators, and donors. The Web Communications Associate reports to the Director of Communications for the College of Design.
Website content development and maintenance for primary college website (60%)
Edit existing content and bring it into alignment with both the college’s style guide and accessibility best practices.
Ensure college web content adheres to governmental accessibility and W3 guidelines and is up to date.
Work closely with the Director of Communications to develop new content in the form of articles, photos, and videos to be used on the college website.
Coordinate the design of website communications, graphics, and video with the Design Director for Advancement.
Website content development for college programs (30%)
Work with program staff, faculty, and leadership to ensure that existing content on program sites meets accessibility, writing, and brand guidelines.
Ensure coordination and interoperability as appropriate with the primary site.
Serve as a consultant to help guide program stakeholders with the development of new content for websites.
Other responsibilities (10%)
Partner with departmental leadership to identify and initiate the creation of new web and digital content.
Stay up to date with web content standards, such as accessibility guidelines.
Review web analytics to help improve website content and visitor experiences.
Other projects or tasks as assigned.
We are looking for a Web Communications Associate to join our team!
BA/BS degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, English, Art, Visual Studies, Graphic Design or related field, or 4 years combined equivalent education and experience.
Experience using a website Content Management System such as Drupal or WordPress.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel or equivalent.
Excellent writing skills for diverse audiences and a variety of platforms including web copy.
Strong customer service skills.
Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines.
A high degree of professionalism with attention to detail, quality, and follow-through.
Ability to support and advance the University’s commitment to a diverse, inclusive environment for all.
1-2 years of professional experience.
Excellent interpersonal and external communication skills with audiences from diverse backgrounds and communities.
Experience with HTML and CSS.
Experience editing photos and video.
Effective collaborator with a positive attitude and drive to learn new tools and technologies.
Ability to diplomatically and professionally balance the needs of various stakeholders.
Ability to take initiative on new projects.
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