Communications Specialist, Division of Student Affairs
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Location: Bloomington, Indiana,
Internal Number: 303984
DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS (BL-SSER-IUBLA)
The Division of Student Affairs is focused on building a strong foundation to ensure every student's IU experience is positive, safe, healthy, and meaningful. The Division of Student Affairs staff and 22 departments aim to help students navigate their time at IU, providing the tools they need to be successful in school and after graduation. Students are our priority, and their health, safety, and overall well-being are our core mission.
Student Affairs Marketing is proud to be a department within the Division of Student Affairs. The Division is committed to promoting learning and respect by integrating diversity, equity and inclusion in all programs, interactions, and partnerships. We commit to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment where all people are respected, valued, and affirmed so that they may know they matter and belong at Indiana University.
Student Affairs Marketing is responsible for strategizing, creating, implementing, and assessing the marketing and communications efforts for the Division of Student Affairs and the 22 departments within it. This team creates integrated marketing communications through digital and print campaigns, photography, video, writing, social media, and more. The departments we create marketing and communications for include the Vice Provost/Dean of Students Office, the Student Health Center, the Indiana Memorial Union, Recreational Sports, Student Legal Services, Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, Development, and more.
Helps to develop and implement email newsletter content plans. Tracks stories, writes blurbs, and sets up and sends emails using SalesForce.
Collaborates with other team members, both full-time and part-time, to strategize marketing solutions that effectively blend copy and visuals together based on the audience and medium. Attends recurring and ad hoc meetings with colleagues, clients, and coworkers to develop marketing and communications solutions.
Leads a team of student staff made up of copywriters. Assigns work, proofreads ads, edits, writes, and brainstorms effective copy solutions.
Utilizes web and writing skills to build, maintain, and update websites within the Division of Student Affairs. Keeps in contact with departmental colleagues to ensure pages are updated with current and accurate information. Ensures pages are accessible, event-driven, dynamic, and utilize responsive design principles.
Writes and edits clear, informative written content for various communications needs, audiences, and publication formats, assessing for relevance, accuracy, and appropriateness; tailors the degree of copyediting to a project's specific needs.
Independently corrects basic and complex grammar, spelling, punctuation, formatting, and syntax errors and performs edits that improve overall writing quality of communications and ensure alignment with university mission, strategies, objectives, and brand and accessibility guidelines.
Performs reviews of peer writing to ensure grammar, quality, tone, and level of depth are sufficient; may also review against requirements for specific publications, including content, length, brand guidelines, and deadline specifications.
Regularly consults with writers, printers, faculty, staff, and/or other stakeholders to ensure adherence to writing and publications deadlines.
Identifies user and audience needs and analyzes usage of existing content in order to identify content gaps; plans, develops, and publishes internal and external communications.
Drafts sample communications to be reviewed with manager at project deadline checkpoints.
May provide guidance to other Writing/Editing Specialists.
Bachelor's degree in English, communications, journalism, public relations, or related field
2 years in relevant field
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered
Proficient communication skills
Maintains a high degree of professionalism
Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills
Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
Highly thorough and dependable
Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure
Ability to work within tight time frames and meet strict deadlines
Ability to simultaneously handle multiple priorities
Ability to drive multiple projects to successful completion
Demonstrated familiarity with correct style and ability to write, edit, and proof text, including ability to read for content and correct accordingly
Working Conditions / Demands
This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.
Indiana Memorial Union
900 East 7th Street Room L015
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
For full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:
Multiple plan options for medical insurance
Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.
This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.
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About Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
IUPUI, a partnership between Indiana and Purdue universities, is Indiana’s urban research and academic health sciences campus.IUPUI’s mission is to advance the state of Indiana and the intellectual growth of its citizens to the highest levels nationally and internationally through research and creative activity, teaching and learning, and civic engagement.By offering a distinctive range of bachelor’s, master’s, professional, and Ph.D. degrees, IUPUI promotes the educational, cultural, and economic development of central Indiana and beyond through innovative collaborations, external partnerships, and a strong commitment to diversity.