| The University of Washington Tacoma is a growing, urban-serving university that is deeply invested in its local communities. As one of three campuses of a world-class university, UW Tacoma is dedicated to interdisciplinary and innovative teaching and scholarship and to engaging the community in mutually beneficial partnerships. UW Tacoma's commitment to diversity is central to an environment where students, staff, faculty and South Sound residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. |
UW Tacoma has an outstanding opportunity for a Student Media Specialist.
Under the direction of the Assistant Director for Student Engagement, the Student Media Specialist (SMS) is responsible for overseeing the management, growth, and assessment of a comprehensive student publications program appropriate for the University of Washington Tacoma campus. Student Publications consists of The Ledger, a weekly newspaper publication, and Tahoma West, an annual literary arts magazine.
As UW Tacoma grows, the SMS will continuously work to support student publications that suit the vast needs of a diverse student population. In addition, the SMS will help to build a robust student life and leadership program that aligns closely with the UW Tacoma mission, vision, goals and strategic plan.
Management and Supervision
Advise, support, and guide the daily operation of The Ledger, UW Tacoma's student newspaper, and the performance of its editorial and advertising staff in areas including reporting and news writing, photography, media law and ethics, computer design and layout, advertising and publishing processes, and provides critique and guidance as appropriate. Oversee the physical production of at least 16 issues of The Ledger over the course of the academic year. Ensure that the paper is electronically delivered to the printing vendor for each issue. Handle vendor relationships, including payment and coordination of special issue production and delivery. Approves advertising rates, promotions and packages to help advertisers effectively reach the student market across all delivery platforms. Advise, support, and guide the operation of Tahoma West, an annual student literary publication, in event planning throughout the year, including space reservations, publicity and event management. This includes quarterly events and the Tahoma West Book Launch, their annual spring event. Advise Tahoma West editorial staff in the blind selection process for the publication. Attend all necessary Editorial Board and Student Publication Advisory Board (SPAB) meetings. Attend all necessary weekly staff meetings and all weekly editorial board meetings. Provide operational and administrative support for The Ledger and Tahoma West including hiring. Supervise 20+ student workers across both publications. Serve as a liaison with Communication faculty, the Services and Activities Fee Committee, and the Student Publications Advisory Board as necessary.
Coordination of Initiatives
Coordinate investigative journalism initiatives, such as The Justice Project, providing opportunities for students during summer academic terms. Develop opportunities to collaborate with faculty, staff programs, and student organizations.
Manage and supervise a student marketing team, composed of the Student Marketing Assistant and Student Web Assistant to provide marketing support across the department. Develop practices for consistent marketing across programs within the Department of Student Engagement.
Budgeting and Finance
Manage affiliated budgets, including maintaining internal controls and ensuring that fiscal operations are carried out in a responsible manner, maintaining budget limits, and ensuring compliance with University policies and procedures. Serve as the fiscal manager of Student Publications, with oversight of budget development and execution, including projecting, monitoring, authorizing expenditures and reconciling. Coordinate the annual and contingency funding requests to Services and Activities Fee Committee (SAFC). Obtain bids for the printing of Tahoma West and ensure the publication is delivered and published on time.
Serve on Student and Enrollment Services and UW Tacoma committees.
Other duties as assigned.
| Master's degree from an accredited institution in Education, Journalism, Communications, or a related field. |
Experience with training and hiring employees, specifically college students. Experience advising student publications in a higher education setting. Experience utilizing multiple media platforms to complement publications.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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