Summary of Duties: The Communications Manager has primary responsibility and oversight for the creation, review, and dissemination of the Initiative's research-related content. The Communications Manager has substantial responsibility for independently writing or revising manuscripts for peer review; reviewing and revising materials produced for ongoing research studies; creating or reviewing news items and other content for posting on the Initiative's Web sites.
The Communications Manager has responsibility for managing the Initiative's writing processes for grant applications. This position writes full grant applications as well as components of applications (e.g., bibliographies, biosketches, budget justification, etc.) In all cases, this position will be responsible for editorial review of final research plans and proposals before submission to funding organizations.
In consultation with the Initiative's Director, this position will develop and implement a comprehensive annual communication strategy and annual work plan to support the Initiative's priorities. It will establish, review, and maintain guidelines for all written and visual content developed or disseminated by the Initiative, including grant proposals and outreach materials, and will train and supervise staff in applying these guidelines.
This is a temporary position expected to end 1-year after date of hire. Renewal is dependent on satisfactory performance, the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment.
Required Qualifications: A Bachelors degree in public relations, mass communications or a relevant field AND three (3) years of professional experience in print or broadcast news media, public relations or marketing including proven experience with writing and editing skills; writing feature articles, brochures, annual reports and speeches; executing strategic communication plans and complex communication projects.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.