The Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs seeks a 50%-time Communications Manager. The ideal candidate for this position will be passionate and knowledgeable about gender and public policy issues, have excellent writing and communications skills, have social media savvy, be able to manage multiple projects, and bridge academia and broader policy publics. The Communications Manager will work closely with the Center Director in developing and implementing an overall communications strategy for the Center. This will include three main areas: overseeing the communications aspects of the Center’s research projects such as its biennial Status on Women and Girls in Minnesota Report; developing the content, communications and marketing plans for Center programs and events; and serving as Managing Editor of the Center’s academic blog, The Gender Policy Report (genderpolicyreport.umn.edu). The Managing Editor will manage a student hourly worker who assists with social media dissemination of Gender Policy Report Content and possibly engage in grant-writing to support the Gender Policy Report. Other responsibilities of the Communications Manager may evolve over time. We seek a hard-working and self-starting individual who can handle multiple priorities, manage deadlines under pressure and professional presence while representing the Center in a variety of contexts.
Primary Responsibilities: • Serve as Managing Editor of the Gender Policy Report (60%) • Oversee Communications aspects of Center research projects (20%) • Edit Center newsletter and supervise Center social media (10%) • Develop content and communications for Center programs and events (10%)Description of Duties: • Lead overall Center communications, including overseeing the production and dissemination of the Center’s biweekly electronic newsletter and Center promotional materials • Provide communications interface for Center research projects between researchers, funders and the public • Work with Center Director on Center events programming including aid in identifying appropriate events content, development of marketing and communications plans for events, and execution of Center events • Manage of the Gender Policy Report, including: 1) ensuring regular, high quality content for the Gender Policy Report by recruiting scholar-writers for the Gender Policy Report, providing constructive and professional editing of contributions, selecting photos and performing final proofing of posts for web publication on WordPress site; 2) sustaining a strong network of Gender Policy Report scholars by convening curators and collaborators of each of the research areas and identifying/developing workshops and other opportunities Gender Policy Report curators and collaborators to develop public engagement skills; 3) overseeing and improving the public policy impact of the Gender Policy Report by devising and executing strategies to expand and strengthen Gender Policy Report readership and strategically connect specific scholarship from the Report to policy makers and journalists. • Manage a student hourly worker who assists with social media dissemination of Gender Policy Report content • Engage in grant-writing to support the Gender Policy Report as needed • Other duties that may emerge in relation to strengthening the communications profile and impact of the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy
Hourly Rate: $18/hr-$22/hr. Rate of pay is based on level of skills and experience. This is a two-year position, with the possibility of an extension, based on need, performance and funding.
Required Qualifications: • A BA/BS degree in Journalism, Communications, Marketing, Political Science, Public Policy or related field and two years professional experience, or six year combined or equivalent education and experience • College-level coursework or experience working in gender policy issues • Excellent written communications skills • Knowledge of social media and social media promotion • Knowledge, or ability to quickly learn, software such as WordPress, Hootsuite and MailChimp. • Proven organizational skills
Preferred Qualifications: • Passion for following emerging news on gender in relation to politics and policy • Ability to develop relationships and translate knowledge across academic and policy environments • Experience editing the writing of others • Data visualization skills
Internal Number: 329851
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