Social Media Specialist

Denver, CO
Apr 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

University Communications

Social Media Specialist

Position #732914 - Requisition 09295

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

University Communications has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Social Media Specialist position.

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Located in the heart of downtown, CU Denver provides a vibrant, urban research university experience, with academic programs ranging from the liberal arts and sciences to global energy management, music industry studies and criminal justice among eight schools and colleges. The classroom extends into the city as students study, network and build careers in the surrounding business district. CU Denver unites quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, civic consciousness and driven students-all in the lively setting of downtown Denver. Read CU Denver Quick Facts here.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Jobs in this career family involve development, marketing and management of messaging to both internal and external parties. Functions include marketing; advertising; communications; publications; brand management; writing; editing; proofreading; graphic design; web information architecture, development and design; web content development; electronic communications; social media; news media/relations; public relations; photography; videography; radio/television broadcasting; FCC compliance; and communication projects management.

Professionals at the intermediate level are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability and responsibility in a wide range of areas including academic, administrative, managerial and student services functions. Work involves creating, integrating, applying and sharing knowledge directly related to a professional field.

At the intermediate level, duties may be more limited in scope and are performed with guidance and direction from other professionals.

Position Emphasis:

The Social Media Specialist will join the 20-person University Communications team. The specialist manages the day-to-day oversight of the official university social properties. The position will focus on telling the story of CU Denver and CU Anschutz through compelling and creative means, using digital media and online platforms to effectively, and appropriately share stories with targeted groups. This position will stay up-to-date on the rapidly changing online landscape to incorporate innovative social media practices to advance the University's brand development and strategic goals.

The Social Media Specialist will likely travel regularly between CU Denver located in downtown Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo.

Salary and Benefits:
The hiring range for this position has been established at $39,964 to $42,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at


Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations, communications or a directly related field from an accredited institution and 1 year of professional level experience in social media, marketing communications, journalism or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity and experience with social media platforms including: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Snapchat in a professional or business environment.
  • Experience in a higher education institution.
  • Experience with content management systems, (SiteFinity, Drupal, WordPress).
  • Working knowledge of and experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro).
  • Advanced knowledge of digital audio and video recording equipment, experience operating such equipment and experience with digital audio and video editing software.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Writing for the web, short-form creative writing, editing, proofreading.
  • Able to tell a story with words and visuals, with excellent written communication and grammar.
  • Able to manage diverse workload under deadline pressure; skilled at handing multiple priorities in a shifting social media landscape.
  • Self-starter who can work independently as well as part of a larger team.
  • Capable of measuring the impact of social media activities using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Strong analytical mindset, but with a creative mind to approach challenges in unique ways.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current chronological CV/resume 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Questions should be directed to Kim Halpern at

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Review of applications will begin May 17, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Communication

Primary Location: Denver

Department: U0001 -- Denver-Anschutz Administration - 60128 - ADM-VCUC University Comm

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 25, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Kim Halpern

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00732914


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