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The University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public is seeking a Communications Specialist to join our team as a key leader to help steward this new multidisciplinary institute, housed in the Information School. The Communications Specialist will report to the Director of Strategy and Operations and form an integral part in furthering CIP’s mission.
CIP is a new, collaborative effort that brings together faculty, staff, students and community partners in service of a core mission to resist strategic misinformation, promote an informed society, and strengthen democratic discourse. Located at the University of Washington, a world-class research university and embedded within the local community in the Pacific Northwest, this new Center will lead programs that span research, education, policy and outreach.
As a member of the Information School (iSchool), the Specialist is expected to step up where they see an opportunity to apply their special expertise or talents, speak up when they identify opportunities or concerns, and lead by taking actions that exemplify the iSchool’s core values, as are all faculty and staff. Leadership within the iSchool is expressed in diverse ways reflecting the variety of styles and cultures that are represented by our faculty and staff.
WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING Strategy and Analysis: •Oversee development and implementation of communications and outreach strategy. •Evaluate efficacy of outreach and engagement efforts to different priority audiences.
Website Management: •Oversee ongoing development and management of the Center’s website. •Manage website maintenance. •Manage upgrades to website functionality.
Outreach and Engagement: •Support external engagement with partners and other stakeholders through regular communications (e.g., newsletter) and the development of a system for review and routing of external communications. •Build capacity of researchers to communicate and engage beyond academic journals (e.g. op-eds, media interviews, digital channels). •Organize events and other activities focused on key constituencies •Raise visibility of the Center.
Content: •Oversee content development for the Center’s website and social media handles. •In collaboration with researchers, develop external messaging for research projects and outputs to increase their use and impact. •Work with Communications and Advancement colleagues within the iSchool, Law School, HCDE and other UW teams to amplify the CIP’s work. •Support development efforts by tailoring communications for specific funders.
Operations: •Ensure all CIP content complies with UW brand guidelines. •Oversee communications operations including publication production (workflows) of reports and other written outputs; managing use of CRM; overseeing graphic design; and coordinating with UW communications and IT as well as colleagues within the iSchool, School of Law and HCDE/Engineering. •Ensure contractors are vetted and oriented to enable workflow for operations; manage contractors for services including UX, graphic design, editing, and web development.
Other duties as required: •May supervise student employees or volunteers. Hire and manage contractors for various communication-related services.
REQUIREMENTS: •Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Affairs, Library Sciences or related field. Equivalent combination of comparable knowledge and skills may substitute for education and/or experience. •At least 5 years of communications experience, including direct experience with media relations and social media management. •Demonstrated strong computer skills, including proficiency with MS Office Suite. •Strong writing skills for both technical and non-expert audiences (writing samples required). •Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. •Experience managing website development and maintenance. •Demonstrated success in delivering results and desired outcomes.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Master’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Affairs, Library Sciences or related field. •Experience with content management systems such as Wordpress. •Familiarity and comfort with Photoshop or other image-editing software and InDesign. Sound understanding of digital media platforms and the importance of working collaboratively across channels. •Understanding of web analytics, SEO and related tools; experience applying analytics to improve the performance of online properties. •Familiarity with digital marketing services like Marketo or MailChimp. •Experience using project management tools such as MS Teams, Slack, Smartsheet, Trello and ticketing systems. •Familiarity with research communications and approaches to boost utilization. •Familiarity with the field of misinformation •Crisis management experience •Experience successfully fostering digital community engagement
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