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Communications Specialist will play a pivotal role in crafting and
executing communication strategies to enhance our organization's
visibility and reputation. The incumbent will have expertise in
written and verbal communication, along with creativity, and will
be crucial in helping effectively convey PERIL messages to internal
and external stakeholders.
The position will collaboratively work with project managers,
receiving tasks and following project goals/vision while helping to
align those goals with digitally based resources. This role
requires active up-management of staff to create and maintain a
schedule in keeping with larger project timelines. Excellent oral,
written communication and interpersonal skills are needed to be
successful in this role
- Content Creation and Management:Develop engaging and
informative content for various communication channels, including
newsletters, press releases, websites, and social media. Manage and
maintain content calendars to ensure a consistent and timely
delivery of communication materials.
- Internal Communications: Facilitate clear and
transparent communication within the organization. Assist in
creating and disseminating internal announcements, updates, and
newsletters to keep employees informed and engaged. Work with
Front-End Web Developer to discuss content, improvements,
- Social Media Management: Create and curate compelling
content for our social media platforms. Monitor and analyze social
media performance, making data-driven recommendations for
improvements. Oversee and manage listserv email lists.
- Event Coordination:Support the planning and executing of
events, webinars, and conferences, ensuring effective communication
before, during, and after events. Collaborate with cross-functional
teams to develop event- related materials and messaging.
- Other Duties: Perform other duties as assigned to
support PERIL’s strategic mission and goals.
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Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Required Education and Experience
- Part-Time, Flexible Hours (up to 20 hours a week).
- Specialist A.
- Hybrid 2 Schedule – two days in the office, three days remote
Preferred Education and Experience
- Bachelor's degree.
- Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or a related
- 1-3 years of relevant experience.
- Advance written and verbal communication skills. Meticulous
attention to detail.
- Proficiency in using communication tools and platforms,
including social media management tools and content m anagement
systems, and experience in graphic design software.
- Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to work
collaboratively with diverse teams.
- Creative thinking and the ability to adapt communication
strategies to changing circumstances.
- Ability to work with WordPress custom templating.
- SEO and Analytics.
- Digital project management.
- Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work
in the USA and live in the DMV area.
- No visa sponsorship is offered for this position. Security
Clearance is not applicable.
Current American University Employees
- Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful
completion of a background check.
- Employees in staff positions at American University must
deliver their services to the university from either the District
of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, or perform work on-site at the
- Please note this job announcement is not designed to cover or
contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or
responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time
with or without notice.
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