Associate Director of Communications - Content
- Willamette University
- Oregon, United States
- Salary Not specified
- Posted Date
- Mar 22, 2023
- Position Type
- Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies
- Employment Level
- Employment Type
- Full Time
Associate Director of Communications - Content & Media Relations
Posting Number: R0005003
Location: Salem Campus
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The Associate Director of Communications serves as the Office of Communications' chief content creator, which includes developing story ideas, conducting interviews, writing copy, and managing the day-to-day posting of stories.
The Associate Director will also help manage the external communications needs of the university by engaging in day-to-day relations with the media.
Reasonable Accommodations Statement:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Develop, in coordination with the Director of Communications
and the VP for Communications, key messages and stories, and make
recommendations on content development that best supports the
university's mission and strategic direction;
- Generate engaging content for multiple communications vehicles
including e-newsletters, website, and other platforms as needed,
taking care to ensure that the copy integrates Willamette's
mission, position, messaging, and offerings into copy and visual
content that support strategic and tactical goals;
- Collect, analyze, distill, and re-purpose complex information
(such as faculty research) and identify compelling story
- Support the development and maintenance of editorial calendars
to keep communications timely and in line with strategic
- Serve as primary editor of the university's daily bulletin, and
support internal constituents in producing appropriate
- Respond to and follow through on requests for information from
the media and the public, determining appropriate, accurate
responses and appropriate university contacts for
- Work with Marketing to identify, capture, edit and produce
compelling photography and video that advance university messaging
and complement written content;
- Works with the Web Development team to create web pages and
- Exhibit initiative and creativity in the execution of
individual projects and building partnerships with team members,
distributed communicators, and internal units to support integrated
- Be an active participant in the university community and keep
current on university news and events, and assist with signature
events and initiatives;
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, or related
discipline or equivalent combination of experience and
- Five (5) or more years of experience in a professional
communications role. The role must include writing and editing
tasks using multiple communications tools were principal
- Knowledge of and/or deep curiosity about higher education is
essential, as are independent thinking and initiative;
- Exceptional writing/editing skills that reflect the ability to
convey complex issues on multiple topics for a range of audiences
- Self-motivated, capable of managing multiple projects in a
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and an understanding of
how to use strategic messaging to support the mission and goals of
- Excellent organization, management, and prioritization
- Knowledge of expected computer software applications, including
content management systems and website platforms;
- Ability to reside in or perform work primarily in
Typical Work Schedule
Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.
*Oregon residents have the option for a hybrid work schedule with regular on-site work required, with approval of the supervisor.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
Typical work is performed indoors in a normal office environment.
Salary: $60,000 - $65,000
Applications will reviewed on a rolling basis as received until the position is filled.
All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.
You will need to upload the following two documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:
- Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and
presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve
- Current Resume
- Minimum of three (3) writing samples
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Apply online at https://willamette.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/willametteuniversityjobs/job/Salem-Campus/Associate-Director-of-Communications---Content---Media-Relations_R0005003
Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.
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