As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for six consecutive years. The UW Finance Transformation Program (UWFT) is a $200M initiative to replace the University's financial systems with an integrated system to manage the full suite of financial transactions and reporting needs in the UW system - to include academic, administrative, and healthcare. UWFT will fundamentally change the processes and tools that the University employs to track, spend, collect, manage, and report University finances in excess of $7B in annual revenues, resulting in more timely and actionable information for leadership. Among the UW's highest administrative priorities, this multi-year initiative is one of the largest finance system projects in Washington State and the outcome of the program will be highly visible at all levels of the University and the state.The UWFT program is seeking a Temporary Communications Specialist that is responsible for writing and producing communications about the UWFT program for audiences including campus users/administrators, governance, business process design groups, and a variety of other stakeholders across both the academy and UW Medicine. This position will have direct responsibility for other campus-facing program communications and will work closely with the Communications Lead and with the broader Change Management team.The candidate must possess superior writing and editing skills and the ability to conduct relevant research, draft materials and messaging, and finalize materials for delivery or publication. The candidate must demonstrate meticulous attention to detail and excellent copy editing and proofreading skills. The candidate must have outstanding strategic thinking, organizational and project management skills, with the ability to plan, schedule and manage multiple, complex projects under tight deadlines. The candidate must possess strong people skills, including the ability to build trusted relationships with key stakeholders, team members and staff. RESPONSIBILITIES:Communications Material Development and DeploymentResearch, write and edit communications material (e-newsletters, blogs, emails, website content, presentations, etc.) for diverse audiences throughout UWAssist in the development and implementation of the UWFT brand strategy; help identify our external and internal brand to achieve clarity of voice for the program and inspire enthusiasm for changeSolicit input and feedback on communications materials, prepare them for publishing and disseminate them to appropriate audiences using a variety of mediaOrganize/manage logistics for communications effortsWork with change management team to define communications needs by audience and tailor communications to achieve the desired impactSupport the development and execution of communication plans and strategies for the UWFT program, ensuring deliverables are produced and reviewed, and delivered on deadlineParticipate in team strategy and decision makingTrack and monitor progress and provide status updates to team leadersHelp monitor, measure and assess the effectiveness of communication strategiesProvide technical communication consultation and advice to program management and business partners, as neededOther duties as assigned REQUIREMENTS:Bachelor's Degree in English, journalism, communications, or related field 4-5 years of experience in communications with a significant focus on content creationDemonstrated ability to develop, manage and execute communications strategies and plansSuperior writing and editing skills for both print and WebExtensive experience in positions that require writing and editing briefing papers, messages, presentations, talking points, articles, reports and other materials for executive-level as well as general audiencesExperience in planning, scheduling and managing multiple, complex projects to meet tight due dates in a fluid, fast-paced environment with shifting deadlines and prioritiesHighly self-motivated and creative with a passion for producing compelling communicationsAbility to work both independently and collaboratively, with exceptional professionalismAbility to take responsibility for meeting goals, objectives and obligations, and for solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the program and UniversityAbility to obtain, analyze and evaluate information effectively in the face of ambiguity; ability to make appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experienceAbility to develop strategies and measures for success, and feasible timelines for successful project implementation and executionAbility to work effectively with a highly diverse set of individuals and personalitiesEquivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.DESIRED:Experience with higher education and understanding of mission and goals of public universitiesDemonstrated excellent skills for client and interpersonal interaction as well as written & verbal communication Previous experience writing on behalf of government, university, or business executive(s)Ability to be flexible and adapt to course changesHigh attention to detail; excellent copy editing and proofreading skillsAdvanced Microsoft Office suite skills and overall computer literacyCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:The duration of this position is approximately six months, contingent upon continued funding.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 "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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