This job has expired

Assistant Director Knight Campus Communications

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 29, 2022

View more

Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Public Relations & Advertising
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Assistant Director Knight Campus Communications

Job no: 530129
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Knight Campus
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $55,000 - $68,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA07-Fiscal Year 2022-2023
FTE: 1.0
Application Review Begins

September 23, 2022; position open until filled (updated)
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit the following with your online application:
  • A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement.
  • A resume of your educational and professional work experience.
    Department Summary

    The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is a billion-dollar initiative designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation and beyond. The Knight Campus will reshape the higher education landscape in Oregon by training the next generations of scientists, forging tighter ties with industry and entrepreneurs and creating new educational opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. The Knight Campus is committed to promoting an inclusive environment, which attracts, develops, and values the talents of all individuals.
    Position Summary

    The Knight Campus is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated science and academic storyteller to help promote the successes of and the opportunities available at the Knight Campus to internal and external audiences. The position has an emphasis on copywriting, photography, video and graphic designing a deadline environment.

    The Assistant Director will conduct market research, develop story purpose, draft text and collect visual assets for earned, social and traditional media.

    The Assistant Director will work creatively and collaboratively with the Communications Director; members of the central Strategic Initiatives Communication team; Knight Campus academic program faculty, staff, program directors, and administrators, as well as prospective and current students and alumni. Successful candidates will be capable of working on tight deadlines to develop and implement campaigns to communicate Knight Campus activities to the external world and to strengthen our brand at a national level. Working closely with the Director, the Assistant Director will direct a small team overseeing strategic, proactive, and cohesive communications in support of Knight Campus programs and initiatives.

    At the Knight Campus, we like to say that “Everyone is a Communicator.” Successful applicants will be able to work well both independently and within a team and enjoy building relationships and empowering students, program staff and faculty — both at the University of Oregon and external institutions — to communicate more freely and effectively.
    Minimum Requirements

  • An associate's degree AND 2+ years of professional experience in a communications position in higher education, non-profit, healthcare or corporate environment with proficiency in photography, videography, video editing, website development and digital platforms. OR
  • Five years of progressively responsible professional experience in purpose-based communications related positions, with proficiency in photography, videography, video editing, marketing/advertising print materials, website development and digital platforms.
  • Demonstrated professional experience using social media and web platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, for an organization; experience maintaining websites using WordPress, Drupal, or similar; and knowledge implementing HTML/CSS as well as using software in the Adobe Creative Suite.
    Professional Competencies

  • Ability to clearly communicate in writing technical/scientific information to audiences with varying degrees of subject matter knowledge (beginners to experts).
  • Experience with outcome-based communication to drive stakeholder actions.
  • Strong work ethic and self-motivated approach toward achieving results as part of a team.
  • Ability to represent the program in a professional manner, and follow all university policies and procedures.
  • Organizational, time management, multi-tasking, and planning capabilities.
  • Computer skills including proficiency using software and other digital tools on behalf of a company, organization or institution, and the ability to learn new systems quickly.
  • Social media and multimedia proficiency and the ability to transfer to new and emerging platforms.
  • Strong attention to detail.
    Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in journalism, science communications, advertising, marketing, public relations, physical sciences or higher education administration
  • Prior work in, and understanding of, diversity, inclusion, or equity initiatives.
  • Professional experience communicating scientific/technical information to general audiences.
  • Experience with admissions marketing in higher education.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    University of Oregon students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

    To apply, visit

You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert