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This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of the Teaching Center/CIRCLE. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The Communications Specialist leads the development and implementation of communication strategies for The Teaching Center and the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE); these communications target internal audiences--including faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and staff--as well as external audiences such as potential funders. The Communications Specialist dedicates expertise in marketing, writing, and web design to support the missions of the two Centers.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Development and implementation of communication strategies for The Teaching Center and the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE)
Oversee the development of strategic communications plans for the Teaching Center, CIRCLE, and corresponding grant-supported projects to support overall goals and effectively reach key audiences.
Provide leadership in the development and improvement of the design of the Centers’ websites (currently supported by Wordpress), electronic, and print communications.
Serve as project manager for all facets of content creation and marketing communications, including conceptualizing and writing, as well as photography.
Train colleagues on messaging and brand standards.
Leverage cross-marketing opportunities within and outside the University.
Maintain the presence of both centers and corresponding grant-supported projects on social media, as appropriate to our respective audiences and missions.
Track metrics and regularly evaluate effectiveness of communications to further refine future efforts; involves working with Center staff on analysis of participation and outreach records. related to outreach efforts and participation in Center events and programs.
Keep abreast of emerging technologies and other relevant tools for communication.
Development of high-quality content for the communication needs of The Teaching Center and CIRCLE in print and electronic formats
Design, write, and edit a wide range of text and visual materials in print materials and electronic formats—including but not limited to flyers, posters, handouts, blog-posts, articles, calendars of events, emails, and descriptions of programs in The Teaching Center and CIRCLE; this work is often completed in collaboration with colleagues at each center.
Supervise relevant student staff who assist with communications work.
Manage functionality and content of Center websites, including writing and maintaining content and developing and training colleagues on standards and best practices for producing website content and style, as well as tracking and analyzing website usage by audiences within and beyond the university.
Manage and assist with the writing and formatting of outreach communications, including emails and other electronic communications.
Act as Centers’ liaison with campus partners and vendors
Work with vendors such as web developers, print producers and graphic designers, as well as with campus partners in Public Affairs, on communication projects; includes serving as the primary point person and project manager in communications with website developers, overseeing design updates and changes.
Build strong and positive relationships with key partners across the University in a variety of functional areas, from communications and alumni and development to information technology.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, business administration, English or related field.
3 years of relevant experience in the area of marketing communications.
Familiarity with best practices for creating and maintaining electronic and print communications, including online materials and websites, informational posters and flyers.
At least 2 years of experience developing websites using content-management systems, such as Wordpress.
At least 2 years of experience using graphic-design software, such as Photoshop and InDesign.
Master’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, business administration, English or related field.
At least 2 years of experience developing and delivering effective communications in an educational or research setting.
At least 2 years of experience creating online content using HTML and/or CSS and common web-design standards.
Excellent writing, editing, and visual-design skills.
Outstanding interpersonal and verbal communications skills.
Excellent critical-thinking and analytical skills.
Excellent project-management, time-management, and organizational skills.
Knowledge of how to use content-management systems, such as Wordpress, to create and maintain a website.
Ability to analyze how Web sites (and Web pages) are structured, in order to edit and expand them when necessary.?
The ability to complete multiple communications projects, under deadlines and with feedback and input from colleagues.
The ability to work independently and in collaboration with other Teaching Center and CIRCLE staff, as well as with campus partners.
The hiring range for this position is $46,215 - $60,079 annually.
-Retirement Savings Plan -22 vacation days -8 Paid Holidays -Sick Time -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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