Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week. Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, M-Th; 8:00-4:30 F (must be able to occasionally work outside of regular hours, during busy times of the year).
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the The Teaching Center at the Danforth Campus.
The Communications and Event Specialist provides expertise in marketing, writing, communication design, event planning, and administrative support to promote the mission of The Teaching Center.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Development and implementation of strategic and program communications for The Teaching Center
Oversee the development of a strategic communications plan to support The Teaching Center’s mission and to effectively reach key audiences.
Provide leadership in the development and improvement of the design of the Center’s website (currently supported by WordPress), electronic, and print communications.
Write and edit content for The Teaching Center website, as well as printed materials such as flyers, posters, and reports.
Serve as project manager for all facets of content creation and marketing communications, including conceptualizing and writing, as well as photography.
Train colleagues on messaging and brand standards.
Leverage cross-marketing opportunities within and outside the University.
Maintain the presence of The Teaching Center, as appropriate to our respective audiences and missions.
Stay current on communication technologies, applications, and tools.
In coordination with Teaching Center Staff, communicate with faculty and staff across the university regarding upcoming events and meetings; Includes writing and sending well-crafted, timely email communications, using mass-email applications.
Create and maintain contact lists, such as email-distribution lists.
Event Planning and Support
Plan and coordinate logistical aspects of Teaching Center events for national, regional, and University-wide audiences; these events include conferences and symposia, institutes and workshops, and the University-Wide Graduate-Student Teaching Orientation; duties include handling registration and ordering food and supplies, as well as communicating and negotiating with vendors for competitive pricing, coordinating efforts of staff and volunteers, providing expert advice to supervisors on events, and identifying and resolving logistical issues related to planning and hosting large events.
Track participation in Teaching Center events; evaluate and refine effectiveness of communications promoting participation in our events.
Act as The Teaching Center’s liaison to campus partners, including Event Management and other entities, as well as administrative staff in offices including the Office of the Provost and the schools.
Contribute to the efficient operation of The Teaching Center by providing organizational and administrative support for Teaching Center programs and services.
Maintain inventory of supplies needed by staff to support operations of the Center.
Assist with scheduling of meetings with faculty and campus partners, when needed.
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in communication, journalism, marketing, business administration, English, or a related field.
Three years of relevant experience in the area of marketing communications.
Familiarity with best practices for creating and maintaining electronic and print communications, including online materials and websites, informational posters, and flyers.
At least 2 years of experience developing websites using content-management systems.
At least 2 years of experience using graphic-design software, such as Photoshop and InDesign.
Familiarity with communications in a higher-education environment.
Knowledge of best practices in electronic and print communication.
Event-planning and coordination experience.
Ability to collaborate effectively, including being responsive to feedback.
Master’s degree in communication, journalism, marketing, business administration, English, or a related field.
At least 2 years of experience developing and delivering effective communications in an educational or research setting.
At least 2 years of experience with event planning and coordination.
At least 2 years of experience creating online content using HTML and/or CSS and common web-design standards.
Excellent writing, editing, and visual-design skills.
Outstanding interpersonal and verbal communications skills.
Excellent critical-thinking and analytical skills.
Excellent project-management, time-management, and organizational skills; ability to manage and prioritize multiple responsibilities.
Knowledge of how to use content-management systems, such as WordPress, to create and maintain a website.
Ability to analyze how Web sites (and Web pages) are structured, in order to edit and expand them when necessary.?
Ability to complete multiple communication projects, under deadlines and with feedback and input from colleagues.
Ability to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues and campus partners.
Ability to work and to communicate effectively with diverse people in many different roles, both inside and outside the University.
Computer skills, such as those required to use standard office software for word-processing (MS Word), spreadsheets (MS Excel), and databases. Willingness to learn new computer skills and software, as needed to perform duties.
The hiring range for this position is $47,151 - $61,289 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
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Interested candidates should submit a CV or resume and a cover letter (as a single pdf document). Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.