Communications and Event Specialist

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 19, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Marketing & Sales, Communications, Other Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Editing & Publications Management
Employment Type
Full Time

The Graduate School has an exciting NEW role for a Communications and Events Specialist!

Communications Specialist Job Summary:

Communications Specialists perform professional services requiring an in-depth knowledge of one or more communication specialties. They are responsible for translating organizational or client goals into strategic media deliverables and are typically responsible for providing services with a primary focus in a specific specialty, distinguishing the specialist job from the generalist job. They may specialize in communications services such as audio or multi-media production; communications or marketing project management; graphic design; original writing; photography; print layout and design; print production; social media design, development, and maintenance; web or digital design, development, and maintenance; and/or videography. They may work independently or as a member of a team. They work under limited supervision, making moderately complex decisions independently and referring unprecedented issues to an upper-level manager. Specialists typically report to a manager or director or in some units may report to an administrator.

Minimum Hiring Standards

● Proven experience in content development; excellent writing and editing skills for social media, web, and print communications.
● Evidence of strong communication skills, including listening, writing, and speaking.
● Ability to represent the Graduate School well in the community.
● Excellent interpersonal and teaming skills and the ability to effectively and positively interact with a diverse range of people and experience in or potential to work in a culturally diverse work environment.
● Ability to work flexible schedules to attend events and meet deadlines.
● Capacity to work creatively in both collaborative and independent contexts.
● Demonstrated ability to use discretion and good judgment, maintain confidentiality, and work under multiple deadlines.
● Ability to understand and comply with University and State policies, procedures, and guidelines.
● Working knowledge of software applications such as Microsoft Office, Google Workspace Suite, etc.
● Professional working experience in web design/development.
● Knowledge of web content management systems such as T4 or WordPress and competency in desktop publishing/web editing tools
● Knowledge of CRM technology and associated marketing tools
● Proven experience working with social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc), Google Analytics, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), email marketing platforms (LISTSERV®Maestro Email Marketing Software, MailerLite, MailChimp, etc.), event management platforms (HopIn), web accessibility best practices, web content management, and web application testing.
● Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU.

Preferred Hiring Standards:

● Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing, advertising, English, digital/graphic design, business, or related field is preferred.
● Experience in planning and coordinating large events.
● Experience with SLATE CRM Technology
● Extensive knowledge of Content Management Systems, preferably TerminalFour.
● Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite and other graphic design software.

Position Details:

Department: Graduate School
Employment Type: UF - University Employee FT
Salary Range: $50,000 - $55,000
Restricted Status: No
FTE: 1
Exemption Status: Exempt

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