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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.
The Communications Manager for Facilities Planning & Management will contribute to the development of and manage the day-to-day execution of internal and select external communications for capital projects and related logistics associated with the transformation of the East End of Washington University’s Danforth Campus, working in close collaboration with multiple university departments, including, but not limited to, the Offices of Public Affairs, Government & Community Relations, Alumni & Development, Campus Administration, Operations, and Parking & Transportation.
(For reference, the East End Enhancements project includes three new academic buildings -- Jubel Hall and McKelvey Hall [for the School of Engineering and Applied Science], and Weil Hall [for the Sam Fox School] -- an expansion of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, two new multi-use facilities – the Sumers Welcome Center, and the Hub Pavilion -- an underground parking facility, an expansive new campus open space, and substantial utilities infrastructure.)
The East End construction will be very disruptive, both to Danforth Campus stakeholders and the community at large. This position will ensure timely and accurate flow of information in order to help faculty, staff, students and others effectively navigate service interruptions, pathway detours, dust, noise, and day-to-day campus functioning challenges. Communications may extend beyond campus boundaries, into surrounding neighborhoods and to the general public.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Communications Planning and Management
Execute and evolve existing communications plans and strategies to ensure the effective implementation of multiple capital projects associated with the transformation of the East End of the Danforth Campus.
Serve as the prime point of contact for all inquiries, complaints, and suggestions regarding the East End development throughout the construction process – from approximately Spring 2017 through Winter 2020. Coordinate closely with other university departments and leadership on all necessary responses to such inquiries.
Proactively make presentations to internal and external groups to both introduce and update all interested parties on the East End development process.
Monitor project plans and advise on progress, potential issues, obstacles, conflicts and/or challenges.
- Content Development
Identify, create and manage content (written, photo, video, graphics etc) associated with communications needs for the East End capital project. Coordinate outreach campaigns, develop presentations, and contribute to the management of relevant web sites. Manage electronic communications via email, digital signage and other channels. Contribute to social media outreach to maintain a strong presence, high visibility, and high engagement.
- Archiving and Documentation
Identify and create content that will help document the East End project. This may include photographs, videos and personal narratives. Develop a process and system for capturing and archiving this information for use in commemorative and celebratory efforts.
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree with three to five years of communications experience. Candidates should demonstrate a track record of creativity and effectiveness in developing and executing integrated communications programs.
- The ideal candidate is creative, collaborative, and service-oriented oriented with superior writing and planning skills.
- Demonstrated expertise in internal communications
- Experience in managing communications for complex projects, ideally experience in leading communications efforts around capital projects
- Understanding of facilities planning, design, construction and management
- Understanding of university culture
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Good judgment, discretion, tact and diplomacy skills are a must, as is the ability to work easily with a diverse set of internal collaborators
- Energetic, sense of humor, and innovative spirit
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook.
- Proficiency with web content management systems, such as Word Press.
- Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite products such as Photoshop and InDesign, desired but not required
Bachelor’s degree or higher in Journalism or Communications, with five or more years of experience in managing internal and external communications associated with complex capital projects.
-Retirement Savings Plan
-22 vacation days
-8 Paid Holidays
-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
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Business Operations, Facilities. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Flexible work environment. Ability to travel to meetings around and off campus.
The hiring range for this position is $49,881 - $64,837 annually.
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:
Please include a cover letter as the first page of your resume upload describing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position.