Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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Open to UW Graduate School employees only.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The Graduate School has an outstanding opportunity for a Communications Specialist.
Reporting to the Director of Communications in the Graduate School, the Communications Specialist oversees production of stories and publications that support and communicate the graduate student experience at UW. This includes developing story ideas, conducting interviews, writing copy and designing appropriate graphic collateral. The Communications Specialist directs and manages regular communication strategies to all graduate students including e-communications and website content; helps set social media strategies; develops social media content; manages day-to-day posting and monitoring; and tracks and evaluates analytics. Additionally, the Communications Specialist provides direct event support by providing logistical assistance, photography, videography, and creating speaking points and event collateral.
The Communications Specialist must be experienced and accomplished in producing stories in multiple media (print, photography, videography, etc.) and have the ability to converse with a great variety of people and personalities in a way that makes them feel comfortable and ultimately leads to successfully capturing and communicating their stories in a compelling way. Additionally, the individual in this position must work with people at all different levels of the organization and be engaging in conversation with them.
The Graduate School is charged with monitoring and advocating for the overall quality of graduate education at the University of Washington, and the Communications Specialist is integral in telling the personal stories of the impact of graduate education on student lives, campus life, research, instruction, careers, etc. These stories memorialize and document the importance and impact of graduate education to our campus constituents, communities and the public and often contribute significantly to fund-raising campaigns and other activities by connecting graduate students and their intellectual and personal contributions to donors and their interests. It is also important to note that the reverse is also true. The stories and other creative products produced by the Communications Specialist connect the public and external communities to the institution that serves them.
Job Duties & Responsibilities
Oversee the timely production of stories and publications that communicate the graduate student experience at UW. Develop story ideas, and conduct necessary interviews; write copy in a tone that is appropriate for the content and communications vehicle; and design appropriate graphic collateral. Publish stories in existing and future departmental and campus-wide communication channels. Types of content may include:
Profiles, feature articles and news releases,
Event promotion and recaps,
Social media content,
Direct and manage regular communication strategies to all graduate students, including website content and e-communications, often involving coordination with diverse units across campus.
Help set social media strategy, develop social media communications plan, maintain social media editorial calendar, determine and generate content, create and manage the day-to-day social media posting and monitoring of social media channels. Track and evaluate analytics, modify strategy based on analytics, and create reports for social media channels.
Provide event support through logistical support, photography or videography, providing speaking points or creating event collateral.
Be a member of a team by contributing to special and emergent projects as they arise and by serving on appropriate committees.
Bachelor's degree in English, Communications or related field and two to three years of work experience from which the following skills and abilities have been obtained:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write for different mediums and different audiences.
Demonstrated creativity and strong attention to detail.
Proven ability to work on a team as well as independently.
Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and adhere to specific deadlines and goals.
Commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Graphic design skills, including experience with Adobe Creative Suite.
Experience with photography and/or videography.
Experience with Wordpress.
Experience with mass email clients and social media platforms.
Familiarity with HTML.
Familiarity with graduate student needs and concerns.
Familiarity with UW systems, policies and academic programs.
Knowledge of Associated Press (AP) style.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Must be current employee of the UW Graduate School.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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, Criminal Conviction History, 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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