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The communications specialist will work to enhance the visibility and reputation of the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering (ESE) in the McKelvey School of Engineering through relevant and engaging departmental print and digital communications. Reporting to the department chair and working closely with the school’s marketing and communications team, the ESE communications specialist will develop new and enhance existing integrated communications, in support of the department’s mission and goals.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serve as the liaison between the department and the school’s marketing and communications team. Working with the school’s team, assist with developing the department’s communications plan. Ensure departmental communications are accurate and adhere to the school’s and university’s brand standards. Coordinating with the school’s communications director as needed, develop and/or coordinate select department-specific print and digital communications (e.g., PowerPoint presentations, flyers, invitations, blog posts, etc.) and work with the school’s team to maintain the department’s website. Coordinate departmental photo and video shoots as needed.
Write and edit content for the department’s website, newsletter, brochure, and other communications.
Develop and maintain the department’s social media channels; coordinate social media engagement as appropriate with the school’s and university’s channels.
Manage internal departmental communications, including a departmental intranet. Maintain the department’s email and mail distribution lists.
Manage departmental faculty seminar series. Assist as needed with departmental faculty-driven conferences and workshops. Provide logistical support for departmental meetings, retreats, sessions. Assist with graduate student recruitment. Coordinate with the school’s and university’s personnel.
Work with the school’s events management team as needed, plan departmental events, engagement with industry and local community.
Assist in the creation and development of new departmental activities and business processes.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations or a related field and two years of professional work experience in communications, marketing and/or public relations (or equivalent education and experience).
Demonstrated success in creating and implementing a communications strategy; writing and editing content; and managing websites and social media channels.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and Adobe Creative Suite.
Experience in using website and email content management systems.
Three to five years of direct professional work experience in communications, marketing and/or public relations.
Previous experience with scientific/technical writing.
Ability to effectively communicate scientific concepts to both science/engineering professionals and general public.
Knowledge of AP style.
Strong writing and editing skills, including excellent attention to detail and proofreading skills.
Strong project management and organizational skills, including the ability to multitask and manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to foster productive working relationships with diverse constituencies.
The hiring range for this position is $21.18 - $26.99 per hour.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering. This position is for the Danforth Campus in the School of Engineering.
This position may need to occasionally travel across campus or off campus to attend meetings and events.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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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