Communications Manager, College of Pharmacy

Columbia, SC
Sep 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Details
Posting Summary

Logo Posting Number STA00266PO17 Classification Title Public Information Director II Internal Title Communications Manager, College of Pharmacy Campus Columbia 01 College/Division Division of Administration and Finance Department Public Relations Band 7 Advertised Minimum Salary $48,622 Advertised Salary Range $48,622 - $69,289 Location of Vacancy Part/Full Time Full Time Hours per week 37.5 Work Schedule Type of Staff Position Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Basis 12 months Job Search Category Other

About UofSC

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

Position Description

Advertised Job Summary

The Communications Manager serves as the principal communicator for the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, working at the direction of the Dean of the College of Pharmacy while reporting into the health sciences brand team within the Office of Communications & Public Affairs.
The incumbent will execute the integrated communications strategy for the College of Pharmacy, helping achieve its objectives through communications to alumni, students, faculty, partners and prospective students. They will create content that builds awareness of, drives engagement with and enhances the reputation of the College of Pharmacy by relying on their expertise in written and visual communication in print, on the web, through social media and by attaining coverage in earned media.
The Communications Manager will work independently on projects prioritized by the College and will collaborate with colleagues throughout the Office of Communications & Public Affairs on projects that are deemed shared priorities of the College and the University. They will be responsible for ensuring that the story of the College is told in an engaging way to enhance its reputation for academic and research excellence.

Minimum Qualifications (Classified and Unclassified positions)

Master's degree and 2 years professional experience related to the development and dissemination of informational material, or Bachelor's degree and 4 years related experience.

Two years of experience in communications, marketing or public relations role or other relevant professional experience in communications.

Preferred Qualifications

Five years of professional experience in a client facing content strategy, marketing or public relations role.


The Communications Manager is an organized, enterprising self-starter with executive presence and a proven ability to create engaging content across all media. A track record of successfully pitching stories to external media is preferred. Must demonstrate proficiency in content management software, social media platforms, web analytics and social media monitoring and be adaptable to new technology including production management and team collaboration software. Knowledge of AP style is required, along with the ability to be a self-editor.
Project management skills and a proven ability to meet tight deadlines are a must. Verbal communication skills and an open, collaborative approach are necessary for success in this role. The Communications Manager helps clients define problems first, then solve them through strategic thought and planning. A desire to develop professionally and keep abreast of developing trends in communications is required.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1 Desired Start Date If Research Grant/Time Limited, give end date Job Open Date 09/06/2017 Job Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicant Quicklink for Posting EEO Statement

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, veteran status or genetics.

Position Attributes

Hazardous weather category Essential Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive No

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have at least a Master's degree and 2 years professional experience related to the development and dissemination of informational material, or Bachelor's degree and 4 years related experience?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of References and Contact Information
Optional Documents