The Communications Specialist, under supervision of the Assistant Vice President of Development, will collaborate with WesternU Oregon stakeholders from a variety of disciplines to promote the impact of WesternU’s efforts in the Pacific Northwest. The Communications Specialist is responsible for leading, developing and managing all aspects of internal/external communications, including website content, newsletters, annual reports, social media presence, fundraising initiatives, etc. for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest and the College of Health Sciences – Northwest within the objectives of the Division of External Affairs.
Essential Job Duties
Develop and manage communication designed to promote awareness of the colleges, their programs, and giving opportunities within the campus community and the public. Handles email marketing, newsletters, internet and web presence, and social media. Coordinates the design, production, and distribution of publications and promotional materials in alignment with the goals of the External Affairs department.
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Coordinates and oversees photo/video shoots for promotional and archival photos/video; maintains photo archive. Supports alumni and donor receptions/events and provides proper communication related to the events.
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Researches and analyzes marketing and development trends for effectiveness and growth, reporting results to appropriate higher levels of administration and adjusting strategy as appropriate.
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Monday through Friday 8 AM- 5 PM
Individuals must possess the knowledge, as well as the following skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate the ability to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
Thorough analytical and written communication skills.
Thorough knowledge of communication principles, media, and marketing techniques.
Strong project management skills.
Strong interpersonal communication skills.
Strong skills in event and media activities management.
Experience in social media and website content strategy and development.
Experience with vendor supervision, including graphic design, video, and direct mailing houses.
Demonstrated writing and copy-editing experience.
Professionalism handling donor and prospect information.
Working knowledge of Adobe Cloud apps (InDesign, Premiere Pro, Photoshop) preferred.
Must have knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook; Office 365, including OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams.
1. EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is preferred.
2. EXPERIENCE: Minimum three years of work experience in communications and/or marketing. Outstanding writing skills with demonstrated experience communicating complex topics to broad audiences. Experience in developing and implementing strategic communications plans. Experience in maintaining websites. Experience with the design, management, and production of print and electronic materials. Demonstrated ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team. Demonstrated ability to set and balance multiple priorities. Excellent interpersonal and management skills are necessary for interacting effectively with university and community partners. Experience in a research environment or academic setting is preferred. Experience with digital media campaigns, content creation, and management of projects’ progress toward completion.
Western University of Health Sciences, located in Pomona, CA and Lebanon, OR, is an independent nonprofit health professions university, conferring degrees in dental medicine, health sciences, medical sciences, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, podiatric medicine and veterinary medicine.