Communications Specialist, Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion
Location: Evanston, Illinois
Internal Number: 45548
Department: Inst Diversity and Inclusion Salary/Grade: EXS/7
The Communications Specialist for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) will lead the development of the office's strategic communications plan with the goal of advancing OIDI’s mission to help create and sustain a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all Northwestern community members including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. This position combines content creation, storytelling, and meaningful, pedagogical engagement with a broad group of stakeholders to develop and advance OIDI’s communication strategy. This role is a leadership position within the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, reporting directly to the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion; the position also has a dotted-line report to the Office of the Provost’s Director of Communications and Academic Initiatives and works in close partnership with Northwestern’s Office of Global Marketing and Communications.
*Note: Not all aspects of the job are covered by this job description.
Lead the development of OIDI’s strategic communications plan for both internal and external audiences.
Leverage and develop best practices for audience engagement including the production of messages and an ongoing content calendar and communications timeline for diverse audiences.
Serve as communications advisor to the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion as necessary in relation to DEI matters across campus and OIDI specifically.
Partner with communications colleagues across campus, including Office of the Provost, Multicultural Student Affairs, Human Resources, and other Schools and Units, to disseminate DEI content.
Create and manage the production of print, photographic, and web materials, including reports, briefs, and presentations. This includes acting as primary writer and editor; proposing and creating content; and consulting writers, designers, and content experts, as needed.
Identify and deploy strategies for increasing OIDI’s social media presence with a goal of enhancing the office’s visibility, community reach, and thought leadership. Track and report relevant metrics. Serve on the Social Media working group led by OGMC.
Direct and support OIDI website redesigns (also in collaboration with OGMC Digital Team) and day-to-day management of content, in collaboration with the OIDI Executive Assistant. Contribute and curate content, editing, and updating for consistency and accuracy.
Serve as a liaison between OIDI and the Office of the Provost’s Director of Communications and Academic Initiatives, and with units including the Office of Global Marketing and Communications (OGMC), Multicultural Student Affairs, and Human Resources to manage OIDI’s internal outreach, promotion, events and announcements. Coordinate with communication leaders on internal and external outreach, media, and public relations activities.
Promote positive, productive relationships with the community and stakeholders.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired through completion of a four-year college degree program in a communications-related field such as journalism, communications, marketing, or related; OR through experience in a field which appropriately corresponds to the description of responsibilities.
A minimum of 3-5 years writing, editorial, publication or other relevant experience required.
Excellent writing skills. Demonstrated ability to serve as primary author of a significant document.
Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to manage the relationships and input from multiple constituents at varying levels of appointment.
Strong organizational skills. Ability to manage multiple, complex tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines.
Demonstrated Social Media acumen and skills.
Demonstrated Project management skills. Ability to direct the work of others to assure an integrated, high-quality final product.
Experience working in nonprofit, education, and/or similar environments.
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