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The Graduate School provides instrumental services to UW graduate programs, faculty and students while championing the enterprise of graduate education itself.
The Graduate School has an outstanding opportunity for a full time Communications Specialist.
Do you want to use your writing talents for the greater good of public higher education? Can you write compelling profiles that show the personal side of an issue? Do you know how to use social media to promote a cause?
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.
Direct and manage regular communication strategies to all graduate students, including website content and e-communications, often involving coordination with diverse units across campus.
Oversee the timely production of stories and publications that communicate the diversity of 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. 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, -Website content, -Social media content, -Fact sheets, -E-newsletters, -Donor communications
Help set social media strategy, develop social medial 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
Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity
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:
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