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Media Information Specialist, Marketing and Brand Management

University of Montana
Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 14, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Marketing & Sales, Communications, Other Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Editing & Publications Management
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Full Time
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Marketing and Brand Management invites applications for a Media Information Specialist to join their team. The University of Montana’s (UM) Marketing and Communications department is responsible for communicating news and updates to the campus community and external parties on a regular basis. This position will primarily focus on internal campus communications. In addition to managing UM’s internal communication portfolio, this position also will assist with editing responsibilities and provide feedback on communications practices with the rest of the UM Marketing and Communications team.

The Media Information Specialist is responsible for the production the University's employee newsletter, UM Today, as well as regularly cadenced student and parent newsletters. In addition to newsletter production, the position will be the primary liaison with the President’s Office, Provost’s Office, and other campus partners for communicating internal announcements. While producing daily content for the institution's more than 10,000 students and 3,000 employees, this position also will be responsible for measuring the engagement with internal communications and modifying approaches in accordance with best practices. Ultimately, this position will be primarily responsible for the UM internal communications portfolio, and will coordinate closely with the Strategic Communications Director, Associate Communications Directors and UM writers, editors and marketers to produce content. This position will be embedded in a dedicated team, and work closely with colleagues to establish strong networks on campus, along with staff in Marketing and Communications, the Admissions Office, the UM Foundation, the Alumni Association and all UM colleges and academic departments.

Required Skills
  • Ability to write at a high level and compose clear, readable, entertaining and compelling copy for UM employees and students.
  • Ability to edit and knowledge of AP writing style.
  • Ability to interview sources quickly and convert detailed information into digestible write-ups that are essential for UM employees and students.
  • Ability to meet hard deadlines and work with cross-campus collaborators on projects that both move quickly and are slow to matriculate.
  • Ability to learn how to resize photos and graphics needed for select publications.
  • Highly developed organizational skills.
Minimum Required Experience
  • High School diploma and two (2) years experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, or a closely related field, as well as at least two (2) years of directly related work experience; or any combination of education and experience that would provide the competencies required to successfully discharge the essential duties assigned to this position.
About Marketing and Brand Management and UM

UM Marketing and Communications serves all campus departments and offices, as well as the public, by producing and distributing accurate and timely information about the University of Montana while enhancing the UM brand and overall mission of higher education through outreach, publications, marketing activities, electronic communications and social media.

The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

Position Details

Position Title: Media Information Specialist

Position Number: 011150

Department: Marketing and Brand Management

Work Schedule: Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week), Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 12 months/year

Salary: $18.266/hr. Current employee’s rate of pay for this position will be determined by the staff compensation plan and will minimally be this posted salary. For questions and details regarding the staff compensation plan, email the Compensation Department .

Union Affiliation: FOCUS-MFPE

Probationary Period: Six months minimum

Benefits Include : Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by the ‘Priority Application Date’ will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below.

*Please note, only five (5) attachments allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
  4. Writing Samples

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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