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A unique opportunity for a communications professional with a well-developed generalist skillset. The communications specialist (CS) should be a superb writer, problem solver and project manager. The ideal candidate will be intellectually curious, flexible, able to juggle multiple demands within a multifaceted organizational environment and have a demonstrated interest in science. This position, which reports to the Assistant Director of Science Communications in Arts & Sciences, will support communications in several natural science departments.
The CS will assist in the implementation of department communications strategies targeting key internal and external audiences with the goal of promoting the research profile and major activities of each department. Specifically, the CS will support efforts in the following areas:
Digital communications – primary responsibility for website content management and website content creation such as news briefs, feature stories and photography
Communications liaison – circulate news about department activities to Arts & Sciences and other University communicators for inclusion in publications such as the Ampersand and the Record
Social media – primary responsibility for department social media strategy to increase unit visibility and engagement; manage existing channels as needed and/or provide content to university channels
Alumni communications – assist as needed with alumni newsletters and mailings
Event publicity – assist as needed with event publicity and related efforts to extend the department’s on-campus visibility and community outreach
The CS will proactively engage with department faculty and staff to stay informed about new scholarly activities, outreach efforts, accomplishments and programmatic initiatives. The CS will assist and support other departmental staff on communications-related duties as needed.
The CS will be an integral part of the A&S Communications team and assist in the production and execution of a variety of communications efforts, and will also routinely interact and collaborate with a range of colleagues from other units.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Strategy and content management
Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive communications strategies for each unit that target internal and external audiences, including prospective and current students, staff, faculty as well as parents, community partners, donors and audiences at peer institutions.
Cultivate, write and disseminate stories across communication platforms for maximum impact. Gather information on current scholarly activities and programmatic initiatives. Solicit student and alumni testimonials.
Create visually appealing content for electronic and digital distribution, including posters, flyers and fact sheets. Connect department stakeholders with campus resources or external vendors as needed.
May recruit and supervise student workers and interns in the production and execution of a variety of communications efforts.
Track metrics and regularly evaluate effectiveness of communications in order to refine efforts.
Assist in website content management as needed, including any necessary content development.
Develop and manage assigned projects such as newsletters and email marketing for internal and external audiences.
Plan and funnel content to other Arts & Sciences and WashU websites and digital channels.
Assist and support departmental staff on digital communications-related duties as needed.
Create content for social media channels to increase unit visibility and high engagement.
Coordinate event publicity and related efforts to extend campus visibility and community outreach: print materials, social media campaigns, video, advertising, and other marketing efforts.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Will routinely interact with the A&S Communications team as well as a range of colleagues from other units.
Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or related field
Previous experience in journalism, marketing and/or communications
Experience in translating complicated topics for a general audience
Strong skills in website and social media management
Prior experience with or willingness to learn broadcast email and list management tools
Demonstrated experience in strategic communications and experience integrating the latest technologies to support communications objectives
Expertise with graphic design programs in Adobe Creative Suite
Prior experience with nonprofits, higher education or journalism
Adept storyteller with excellent writing and editing skills
Expertise in effective content curation strategies
Outstanding analytical, organizational and problem-solving abilities
Outstanding interpersonal and written/verbal communications skills
Ability to function confidently in an independent setting as well as collaborate effectively in close-knit team
Energy, vision, initiative, creativity, tolerance for ambiguity, sound judgment and tact
Bachelor’s degree and two years’ related experience
Background and/or interest in science
Previous experience with website and social media management
Previous experience in any of the following arenas: writing for the web, journalism, marketing, advertising, editorial or related field
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Arts & Sciences Office Account. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The hiring range for this position is $40,502 - $51,597 annually.
-Retirement Savings Plan -22 vacation days -8 Paid Holidays -Sick Time -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
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