Communications Senior Professional

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DescriptionUniversity of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus
School of Medicine | Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome
Communications Senior Professional
Position #700931 – Requisition #19541

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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Communications Senior Professional position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here. 

The Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome (Crnic) is seeking a Communications Senior Professional with the ability to self-execute in diverse disciplines, including marketing, communications, and business administration. These disciplines will incorporate various skills such as content development, writing, graphic design, audience engagement, tracking and analysis of outcomes, project management, strategic planning, and compliance. While specific job responsibilities will vary depending on the current needs of the Institute, this position will be primarily responsible for all internal and external communications and for grant proposal development and submission.

Nature of Work
Senior Professionals 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.  Work is performed fully independently. 

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the functions which the employee may be expected to perform.

Examples of Work Performed


  • Work with Crnic leadership to develop and execute a marketing plan, including definition of strategy and goals, development of processes and protocols, and identification of appropriate tracking and reporting metrics. 
  • Manage and develop websites, including regularly publishing updates to news and events and developing new content to reach, educate, and engage audiences. 
  • Build and engage audiences on social media platforms. Create content for regular posts, interact with followers, and solicit content ideas from faculty and staff. 
  • Track and analyze engagement and outcomes across websites and social media and generate ideas and plans to improve Crnic’s web and social media presence.    
  • Collaborate with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Office of Information Technology, Office of Communications, and other campus resources to develop and implement an internal and external communication plan.  
  • Create and coordinate communications for all Crnic-sponsored activities, including scientific talks, symposiums, journal clubs, lab meetings, affiliate meetings, recruitment or community events, etc.
  • Account for all Crnic Accomplishments, such as awards, papers, significant scientific contributions and apply to communication plan.  
  • Maintain and update distribution lists for email and other forms of communication, including internal and external teams and affiliate members. Work with administrator to develop monthly information distribution plan. 
  • Produces copy, stories, and/or video for a range of print and interactive projects including posters, advertisements, direct mail, corporate identity pieces, landing page design, email blasts and web graphics.
  • Collaborates with designers, writers and/or public relations specialists in developing communications concepts and stories that reflect the unique position and value of Crnic, the University of Colorado, and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation to our diverse audience segments.
  • Works within established branding standards for Crnic and the University of Colorado.
  • Manages own project workflow while coordinating with project teams and management on schedules, assignments, requirements, and goals as needed.
  • Helps to ensure successful representation of the Crnic Institute brand across media, through knowledge of brand standards, design templates and systems architecture.
  • Collaborates with clinical coordination team on development of recruitment materials, participant education, and outreach communication to research participants and the Down syndrome community.

  • Applies general knowledge of scientific research to support the writing and editing of documents for grant or other funding applications, such as budget justifications, project summaries, research protocols, scope of work, etc.  
  • Works with Principal Investigator (PI) and administrative staff to develop budgets and, where appropriate, negotiate budgets with subcontractors.
  • Reviews and interprets the sponsor's submission requirements with PI and ensures compliance with appropriate sponsor and University policies and regulations.
  • Advises PI on submission process and manages the electronic application process, ensuring submission deadlines are met.
  • Maintains current files on all grant applications and approvals.
Administrative Support:

  • General administrative office support as needed, such as the following, but not limited: calendaring, taking minutes, fielding inquiries, creating documents, filing, copy, distributing mail, replying to calls and emails, etc. 
Salary and Benefits:

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.
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Diversity and Equity:
The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected] 

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.

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. 

QualificationsMinimum Qualifications: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in copywriting, journalism, writing, marketing, English, business, communications, public relations, public administration, biological sciences, or a directly related field from an accredited institution.
  • 2 years of experience in communications, journalism, public relations, content marketing, or a related field.
  • Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • 4 or more years of experience in communications, journalism, public relations, content marketing, or a related field.
  • Previous experience in social media and website management.
  • Previous experience in a scientific research setting or previous scientific education.
  • Previous experience in higher education or a non-profit organization.

  • 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.
  • Demonstrated self-initiative and ability to work independently.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

Job Category: Communication
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Nov 9, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 2/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time