Position Purpose: The Digital Communications Manager is responsible for the strategic design, implementation and management of Aurora University's digital presence by ensuring that all websites within the aurora.edu domain have a consistent look, feel, tone, style, voice and navigation; are well-written and fact checked; are up to date; meet the needs of target audiences with high usability; and perform optimally for the university's computing and mobile devices.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Working collaboratively with University Communications web development and content team, provides support building and maintaining engaging and dynamic university websites.
Assists with front-end web development for Aurora University website properties,including updating websites, applications and other web assets.
Demonstrates willingness to learn advanced front-end development skills that support user interface, user experience and client-side technologies.
Assists in the use of web analytics to monitor, report on and make recommendations for improvements to websites.
Provides support in customizing and extending the content management system functionality to address information obtained through web analytics, as well as meet the evolving needs of the users.
Assists in writing and curating website content.
Develops strong search engine optimization (SEO) copy to maximize indexing and ranking.
Works collaboratively with colleagues across campus to support the web development and content team in determining the best marketing approach for clients.
Assists in ensuring that all sites perform according to applicable web standards and best practices.
Essential Job Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field; Additional degrees in Journalism, English, or Integrated Marketing desired.
One or more years of relevant experience.
Experience with content management systems.
Familiarity with testing and debugging.
Ability to understand and interpret Google Analytics.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to think like a storyteller.
Ability to use a computer terminal.
Ability to move about campus and other locations.
Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.