Department:University Communications Appointment Type and Duration:Regular, Ongoing Salary:$55,000-$65,000 per year Compensation Band:OS-OA06-Fiscal Year 2018-2019 FTE:1.0
Application Review Begins February 28, 2019; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants Complete online applications must include: 1) A cover letter explaining how you meet the position qualifications 2) Resume/CV 3) Three (3) professional references
Department Summary The Department of University Communications is charged with telling the University of Oregon’s stories to a broad range of audiences and positioning the University to succeed and thrive. The department utilizes and manages a comprehensive suite of communications tools, including public relations, branding, advertising, licensing, digital media, and more for the benefit of the University.
Position Summary The Executive Communications Specialist (Specialist) is responsible for helping provide communications support to the President, Provost, senior executives and their staff including planning, managing, executing, and measuring comprehensive communications activities to internal and external constituencies in support of the President’s priorities and vision, and the University’s mission. The Specialist’s duties include researching and writing remarks and other materials; consulting with a wide range of offices and individuals; creating or overseeing creation of content for websites, social media, print collateral and other media forms; and managing tracking and measuring communication efforts.
The Specialist reports to the Assistant Vice President for Content Strategy and supervises and oversees the work of student employees. The Specialist works closely with the President’s Chief of Staff and the Vice President for University Communications to ensure cohesive messaging on behalf of the President and other university leadership. This position will assist and act in a confidential capacity to the University President and administrative staff who formulate and effectuate management policies during collective bargaining as defined in ORS 243.650.
The Specialist will need to be proactive, show consistently sound judgment, and have a demonstrated ability to research, understand, translate, and communicate complex issues and institutional affairs to multiple audiences in a variety of media. The position must be able to work independently and effectively, across university-wide units and manage multiple projects simultaneously in a rapidly changing environment. The Specialist will have autonomous decision making responsibility that will potentially be visible to the tens of thousands of online visitors to the university's web and social media communications channels on a daily basis, and at times will play a key decision-making role.
Minimum Requirements • A bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or related field. • Five years of public relations, public affairs or executive communications experience.
Professional Competencies • Excellent communications skills; demonstrated ability to write, edit, and produce content for spoken, written, and visual communications. • Demonstrated ability to adapt writing tone and voice to reach intended audiences. • Demonstrated ability to plan, create, manage and measure communications for web, social, digital, and other forms of media. • Demonstrated ability to work independently, set appropriate work priorities, and require minimal supervision over regular work activities. • Discretion and ability to maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality. • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a team environment with multiple persons and projects, and across departments and with external stakeholders. • Commitment to and experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and enhancing inclusion and equity.
Preferred Qualifications • Experience in higher education. • Three years of experience writing for an executive or leader of a large institution such as education, non-profit, or government entity. • Proficiency with project management software and content management software.
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.
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