The Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) is a unit in the Office of the Provost working directly under the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation. The CTI's mission is to promote academic success for all undergraduate students by supporting faculty excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.
The Communications Assistant will collaborate with the executive director, associate directors, and other CTI colleagues on the creation and integration of content across communications, events, programs and projects.
The ideal candidate should be passionate and experienced in higher education, as well as analytical, curious, creative, and tenacious; insist on clear and concise writing; demonstrate a strong, self-directed work ethic; exercise excellent time management.
This position is a 6-month, temporary appointment.
Approximately 60% of time:
Collaborate with executive director, associate directors, and the team to design, create content, compose, and edit internal (i.e., electronic newsletter and intranet) and external materials (i.e., marketing materials and resources) within a budget, timeline and other potential constraints.
Write, edit, revise, and distribute content across a range of CTI communication channels (e.g., website, social media, annual reports, presentations, and marketing materials) to ensure the integration of the CTI brand and vision into all forms of marketing and communication and that all content is compliant with university branding and web governance practices.
Meet with CTI program/event facilitator(s) to assess communication needs, establish a plan and timeline, and produce materials (e.g., program descriptions and speaker abstracts) for dissemination on the CTI website and other platforms.
Gather information from CTI team members to post on various platforms including: CTI's website, social media, email announcements, e-newsletters, reports, brochures, videos, graphics, posters, news releases, and other internal and external publications. Rewrite, format, and proofread materials as needed. Collaborate to address issues of copyright and data protection.
Approximately 20% of time:
Manage and update all content for the Center's website.
Assist with CTI's photo library, including the dissemination and consistent use of images to build the CTI's brand.
Create and manage contacts database and maintain existing mailing lists.
Maintain CTI intranet and related internal communication platforms.
Approximately 20% of time:
Additional duties, may include special projects, meetings, department functions, etc.
Required experience and qualifications:
Writing experience: The successful candidate must be an accomplished writer and editor who can work on deadline in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple projects. Versatility as a writer; must be able to communicate well using various styles and media. Excellent communication skills (written and oral) and ability to build positive relationships with a wide variety of individuals and stakeholders within the CTI and across the university.
Creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving: Full understanding of the creative production process. Creative problem-solving and collaboration skills. Desire to work in a fast-paced environment and ability to adapt to changing priorities, as well as evolving technology platforms. Successful experience as both an independent and team player is critical.
Collaboration and Teamwork: Understanding and listening to team members to foster/encourage cooperation through influence. Recognize different points of view, bring them out into the open, and build on areas of agreement. Exercise influence in ways that enhance the support needed to advance initiatives and build trust on the team.
Technical: Microsoft Office Suite (MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint); Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator); Drupal and basic html; and, data base software (MS ACCESS, Filemaker Pro, or others).
Associates Degree in a communications or related field is required.And, a minimum 4 years of experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience) in a communication-related field as a content provider, marketing professional, journalist, or writer.
Excellent writing/editing skills
Familiarity with Associated Press style
Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
Extensive experience working as part of a team and having work directed, reviewed, and approved by team members, colleagues and supervisor.
Creative, detail-oriented and self-motivated with a strong work ethic and commitment to quality
Strong organizational, time-management and multi-tasking skills with ability to work on multiple assignments in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
Ability to research and organize information from a variety of sources and accurately communicate in written form to a variety of audiences
Ability to work independently and use sound judgment in decision making, including setting and managing schedules, project priorities, and competing deadlines. Previous experience in publication development. Flexibility in handling and prioritizing multiple projects simultaneously and coordinating accordingly with leadership.
Experience in a higher education or nonprofit communications environment
Experience with writing and editing copy for use in various formats including news articles, marketing materials, email campaigns and other communications
Experience with basic manipulation of images and create basic graphics; for more complex work, effectively engage with designers, photographers, and others in the visual fields, articulating design requirements and working through design development.
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