Communications Strategist for University and President Initiatives

Denton, TX
Aug 10, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Presidents & Chancellors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Requisition Number

Job Title
Communications Strategist for University and President Initiatives

Official Title
Communication Specialist IV

Position Number

Univ Relations Com & Mktng-Gen - 180000


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Work Schedule
Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, some evenings and weekends

Department Overview
**This position is open only to internal candidates in the Division of University Relations, Communications and Marketing Department.**

As the chief communications organization for the University of North Texas, the Division of University Relations, Communication and Marketing (URCM) collaborates with internal and external partners to:

* Advance and protect UNT's institutional identity and reputation.
* Reinforce and grow UNT's brand in graphics, images and words.
* Increase UNT's visibility in public and in the higher education marketplace.
* Support UNT's student recruitment, retention and graduation goals.
* Strengthen UNT's relevance and value to key audiences, including alumni, donors, faculty and staff members, and encourage community engagement.

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent - discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.

The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Job Description
The Division of University Relations, Communications and Marketing (URCM) at UNT is seeking to hire a Communications Strategist for University and President Initiatives (Communications Specialist IV) to join our team.

This individual will support the mission and vision of the university by planning, writing, coordinating, managing and executing strategic content for university print and digital communications, with a specialized focus on university initiatives and president communications. This individual reports to the Director of Integrated Communications.

This individual will oversee the creation of top-level messages to external and internal audiences, serving as a team lead for projects. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

* Understands UNT's mission and strategic goals, as well as key messaging, and works to help meet those goals as part of teams and independently.
* Serves as primary writer and manages teams and team members charged with creating messaging for top-level university executives.
* Creates materials that include speeches, talking points, presentations, written and online communications, video scripts, marketing materials and social media content.
* Understands audiences and targets messaging by key audiences that include the campus community, external stakeholders and VIPs.
* Leads team members who provide support in these areas and oversees their work in developing these materials.
* Assists with monitoring president's social media properties, engaging with audience members where appropriate, answering questions, correcting misinformation, or directing them to UNT resources, as well leveraging the tools to create awareness about presidential initiatives.
* Researches and reports on UNT's standing compared to our peer institutions and UNT's success rate as related to president initiatives and related projects.
* Provides support, messaging and guidance, as needed, for members of the President's Cabinet and university leadership team on high level initiatives.
* Serves as consultant with entities and departments across campus regarding best practices, strategies and goals for universitywide initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Strategic Communications or related field and seven years of professional writing experience or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

The following knowledge, skills and abilities are required:
* Evidence of the ability to consult with cabinet level leadership with autonomy.
* Ability to supervise and coordinate novel top-level university projects and the work of others.
* Ability to conceptualize, write and edit strategic, accurate and concise content for internal and external audiences to best present the university's story and messaging.
* Knowledge of higher education trends, as well as national and world news, with the ability to apply that knowledge to university goals and initiatives to make valid content strategy recommendations that move the university forward.
* Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, conduct multiple tasks, establish and maintain effective working relationships.
* Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
* Extensive knowledge of spelling, grammar, punctuation and Associated Press and Chicago Manual styles, as well as the ability to employ these skills in the inspection of print and online copy and proofs.
* Knowledge of writing styles and guidelines for various media formats and ability to create, coordinate and edit copy for each format (print, digital/social media, video, broadcast, etc).
* Knowledge of and ability to research industry best practices.

Preferred Qualifications
The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:

* Proven ability to identify key issues and to carry forward an idea or project from conception to execution.
* Track record of thinking conceptually and mastering complex subject matter quickly.
* Strong organizational skills and demonstrated capacity to develop and implement strategies, plans, and solutions to identified issues and problems.
* Proven ability to assimilate information gathered through research and consultations, to apply that information in creative and cross-cutting ways and to synthesize appropriate strategies and responses.
* Superior critical thinking skills, including the capacity to identify and appropriately assess and order competing interests and priorities.
* Track record of taking initiative in managing competing organizational and departmental priorities.
* Familiarity with research and data sources in the higher education sector.
* Good judgment, discretion, tact and the ability to work easily with senior leaders and to be trusted with sensitive information.

Special Instructions to Applicants
**This position is open only to internal candidates in the Division of University Relations, Communications and Marketing Department.**

Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter, a list of three professional references and three samples of professional writing with their online application. an

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Job Open Date

Job Close Date
Open Until Filled

Pay Rate
Commensurate with experience

Pay Basis

Job Type
Full-time Permanent

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