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Communications Specialist

Lewis and Clark College
Oregon, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 25, 2023
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The Communications Officer for Law School Marketing and Communications, plays a vital role in communicating the compelling stories of Lewis & Clark Law School that help to attract students and inspire alumni. This position will assist in developing and implementing strategies to enhance the school's brand, promote its programs, events, and achievements, and engage with various stakeholders. The Communications Officer will be responsible for assisting with content creation, managing digital platforms, coordinating marketing campaigns, and supporting internal and external communication initiatives. While working closely with the Assistant Dean of Communications and External Relations for the Law School, and coordinating with the Communications Office of Lewis & Clark College, this position will interact with faculty, students and alumni on a daily basis.


Execution of the Law School Communications Plan and Strategies
  • Work closely with the Assistant Dean on semester and annual communications plans.

  • Execute the plans, working with student assistants and the College communications office.

  • Assist with law admissions and development/fundraising communications as well as news and marketing communications.

Content Creation and Management
  • Conduct research and interviews of faculty, students and alums to gather information for news stories, web pages, and other communications as needed.

  • Assist in creating compelling and engaging news stories/content for various marketing channels, including website, social media, newsletters. Create content for both potential student and alumni/donor communications.

  • Proofread and edit content to ensure accuracy, consistency, and adherence to the school's brand guidelines.

  • Manage and update the law school's website and other digital platforms with relevant and timely content with particular attention to the admissions pages and content.

External Relations/Media
  • Assist the College PR director in coordinating media relations activities, including distribution of press releases/news stories, responding to media inquiries, and monitoring media coverage.

  • Help build and maintain relationships with external partners, including media outlets, industry associations, and alumni.

Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Assist in managing the law school's social media presence, coordinating with the College communication social media professionals.

  • Create and schedule posts, monitor engagement, and respond to comments and messages as appropriate.

  • Help develop and implement social media campaigns to promote the law school's programs, events, and achievements.

  • Write content specifically for web pages.

Event Promotion and Support
  • Assist in promoting law school events through various channels, including social media, email marketing, and targeted outreach.

  • Capture photos and videos during events for promotional purposes.

Internal Communications
  • Support the development and distribution of internal communications.

Branding and Visual Identity
  • Assist in maintaining and promoting the law school's brand guidelines and visual identity standards.

  • Ensure consistency in messaging and visual elements across various communication channels.

  • Support the creation and updating of marketing collateral, such as brochures, flyers, presentations, and advertisements.

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or a related field or equivalent experience.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to produce accurate and high-quality work.

  • Proficiency in social media platforms, content management systems, and digital marketing tools.

  • Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing priorities.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.

  • Ability to honor and work with all identities and individuals, particularly those who are underrepresented in the country and/or at Lewis & Clark College.

  • 1-3 years of relevant experience in marketing and communications.

  • Knowledge of law school programs, legal industry, or higher education is desirable.

  • Basic graphic design skills and familiarity with design software (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite) is a plus.

  • $50,000 - 60,000

  • Benefits Eligible: Yes

  • 37.5 hrs/week (1.0 FTE)

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Background Check

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