Content and Communication Specialist

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Engineering
Functional Areas: College of Engineering & Applied Science
Department: College of Engineering and Applied Science
Requisition Number: 10807
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: University Staff
Schedule: Full-Time
Posting Close Date: 18-Jun-2018

Job Summary

This position works with the Department of Mechanical Engineering within the College of Engineering and Applied Science to create, manage and coordinate internal and external communications using both new and traditional media. As a member of the college communications team, the position coordinates with college and university communications specialists to produce consistent and coordinated messages in compliance with college and university branding guidelines and supports other communications needs as time allows. The positon will work with scientific and/or highly technical content and provide high-quality, creative analytical services for college and ME communications processes. The position primarily reports to the Assistant Director for Engineering Communications.

Who We Are

Hands-on learning, advanced research, and an entrepreneurial spirit are defining the next generation of engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder. Students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering learn from a vibrant faculty conducting diverse research in consumer products, robotics, thermodynamics, energy, and the environment. We’re home to nearly 1,200 students in undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs.

We offer world-class facilities and an unrivaled spirit for business and industry. CU Boulder is ranked the #18th most entrepreneurial university in the nation by Forbes Magazine (2015). We also have strong connections to multiple national laboratories located here in Boulder, providing real-world research opportunities for students.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Marketing and Communications

  • Work with the Department Chair, External Relations Committee Chair and other faculty/staff in the department to plan, design, write, edit and produce brochures, newsletters, posters, invitations, programs and other publications to support communications.
  • Proactively gather information from faculty and students to support communications and public relations efforts.
  • Regularly attend department, staff and external relations committee meetings.
  • Develop a design concept to meet marketing and communication goals, researches printing costs, gather information and writes or edits content in conjunction with the "client", implement the design and layout, proofread and manage final production by the printer.
  • Pitch stories to media when appropriate.

Electronic and Social Media

  • Make updates to the department’s websites.
  • Develop electronic newsletters and invitations.
  • Assist faculty and programs with their websites, including consulting, training and possible webpage development.
  • Develop multimedia enhancements for the department web and college social networking sites; oversee social networking presence to meet strategic communication goals.
  • Write news articles and press releases and publishes them on college and departmental websites.
  • Monitor college, university and industry news and social media for relevant department and alumni news.

Alumni and Advancement Relations

  • Liaise with the CEAS Alumni Relations Coordinator, CEAS Advancement team, Chair of the ME Department and the ME External Relations Committee Chair and Coordinator to keep abreast of alumni engagement opportunities, research initiatives and partnership opportunities.
  • Contribute alumni and departmental stories for publication in CU Engineering magazine and the college alumni newsletter.
  • Develop materials to support alumni relations and publicize events.
  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.

What You Should Know

Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire.

What We Can Offer

The anticipated starting salary for this position is $46,000.00.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communication, public relations or marketing, or other relevant field.
    • A combination of relevant education, training and/or experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

What You Will Need

  • Strong organizational, prioritization and time-management skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize and achieve key objectives.
  • Ability to understand and integrate technical information from multiple organizations.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced and complex environment.
  • Ability to develop relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Experience using Drupal platforms or similar website content management programs.
  • Ability to adapt to changing situations and priorities.
  • Excellent oral and written (narrative and presentation) communication skills.
  • Ability to make decisions and to address and resolve issues.
  • Ability to handle confidential information in an appropriate manner.
  • Familiarity with applications for creating and distributing electronic newsletters.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political and geographical differences with ability to work well with faculty, staff and students from around the world.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • One year of professional-level experience in journalism, communication, public relations or marketing in higher education environment.
  • Knowledge of social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
  • Knowledge of graphic design tools (specifically Adobe Creative Suite) for production of printed materials.
  • Knowledge of video recording and editing tools.
  • Familiarity with applications for creating and distributing electronic newsletters.
  • Experience working with engineering students and faculty in a higher education environment.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. A current resume.

2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

Please do not upload references at this time.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 6/14/2018
Application Due: 6/16/2018
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