The Communications Specialist will assist with the communication functions for University Human Resources (UHR), which manages benefits, compensation, professional development, and health and wellness programming for University of Iowa employees. The person in this role will work closely with the senior director of strategic communication, who leads internal and external communication, branding, marketing, and media relations for UHR in partnership with the Office of Strategic Communication (OSC).
Specifically, a person in this position will perform responsibilities in the following primary areas: content creation, communication management and coordination, executing UHR social media strategy, and developing and maintaining relationships with key partners and audiences.
Specific Job Duties and Tasks
Write and edit news releases, talking points, feature stories, op-eds, video scripts, etc. for a range of platforms
Proofread, restructure, and edit current web content as needed
Design and update webpages with new content, including graphic elements and text
Collaborate with other UHR team members to update existing and create new website content
Serve as liaison to news media interested in covering people or programs within UHR. This may include suggesting experts, promptly responding to requests from journalists, arranging interviews, and writing talking points.
Assist the senior director of strategic communication in anticipating and communicating about sensitive subjects
Assist with writing and editing communications for UHR leadership
Prepare regular analytics reports on internal communication efforts
Monitor news coverage, alerting UHR and OSC leadership about threats or opportunities regarding the university's reputation or operation
Working with the senior director, identify, develop, write, edit, and disseminate communications and supporting materials (internally and externally) related to UHR, its people, programs, and initiatives. This may include but is not limited to creating communication and marketing plans and timelines, news stories, email communications, website content, talking points, internal reports, and social media posts. Repurpose content for different internal audiences and channels
Manage and execute communication and marketing projects and annual communication calendar
Assists in project plans that may include costs, scheduling, and resource requirements
For a complete job description, please contact Jade Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bachelor's degree in public relations, communication, marketing, journalism, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience (typically 1-3 years) in the following areas:
Public relations or marketing experience
Producing content in a variety of formats including print, video, social media, or advertising.
Develop and maintain content for the website
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with proven ability to write effectively under deadline for a variety of purposes, audiences, and media.
Demonstrated ability to use tools and techniques for developing web-based dissemination of information, including website design, graphic elements, layout, user experience requirements, or accessibility.
Attention to detail.
Experience working in a higher education environment.
Demonstrated organizational and collaboration skills.
Demonstrated ability to think and plan across channels and develop effective communication strategies.
Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality infographics and/or other media to represent data, knowledge, or information.
Application and Position Details
In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission:
Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background and credential check. 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process. For additional questions, please contact Jade Rogers at email@example.com.
Regular salaried position. Located in Iowa City, Iowa. Flexible work arrangements available.
Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.