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Public Relations/Communications Coord Senior

Employer
Washington State University
Location
Pullman, WA
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Job Details

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-08-11
Req: R-1765

Title:

1282-NN - Public Relations/Communications Coord Senior

Business Title:

Public Relations/Communications Coord Senior

Location:

Employee Type:

Admin. Professional

Job Family:

Administrative Professional - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

The Director of Public Affairs will help align and coordinate government relations, strategic communications, issue and advocacy management, university research initiatives, and information dissemination. The Director will work to advance the university’s public policy and advocacy goals, build and maintain a strong reputation for WSU, grow visibility and build relations with identified stakeholders and leverage WSU leadership to advance public policy and advocacy strategies. The position will work closely with WSU Marketing and Communications in strategizing coordinated communication activities in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue media market. This includes developing a thought leadership program and campaign-style messaging and outreach to highlight WSU’s impact on public education, research initiatives, and innovation that are important to key audiences in the market. Critical to advancing the University’s public policy and advocacy goals, this position will be responsible for spotlighting how WSU contributes to the quality of life in the state and specifically the Greater Seattle region. The director will work collaboratively with campus communicators across the state to engage in strategic policy-related communications, bringing discipline and coordinated communications tactics to inform targeted audiences and to ensure and guide the statewide amplification of unified messaging of WSU policy priorities.

In concert with the Office of External Affairs and Government Relations, this position will be responsible for direct outreach and collaborations with targeted sector leaders, associations, influencers, media, and public partners in order to achieve public policy advocacy outcomes and to optimize WSU’s position and brand with relevant constituents, while stewarding strategic partnerships to address challenges and seize opportunities in the public policy realm that align with WSU institutional priorities. This includes both developing and implementing strategies to elevate our profile in targeted geographies/markets and regarding certain issues to increase WSU visibility and profile for the benefit of WSU students and research. The key markets will remain constant; priority issue-based areas will evolve to reflect those that WSU is responding to in the region and what is desired for advancement as a University priority, such as strategies to support the strategic plan and Drive to 25. This position provides senior public relations expertise to enhance WSU’s brand and reputation with stakeholders, leading to a greater awareness, appreciation, understanding of, and support for, the land grant mission and imprint of Washington State University in relation to strategic objectives and public policy priorities.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in public relations, mass communications or a relevant field AND three (3) years of professional experience in print or broadcast news media, public relations or marketing including proven experience with writing and editing skills; writing feature articles, brochures, annual reports and speeches; executing strategic communication plans and complex communication projects.

Additional Requirements:

  • Communications experience which include three (3) years in an institution of higher education or comparable experience in a complex matrixed organization.
  • Experience developing, leading, executing, and evaluating comprehensive integrated strategic communications and marketing plans.
  • Experience directing, designing and producing digital and print materials including Web sites, newsletters, brochures, displays, presentations, video/audio, and advertising, and especially social media.
  • Must have, or able to obtain, a valid driver’s license by time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with local and regional news media.
  • Experience fostering constructive partnerships with individuals and organizations to advance institutional interests.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, Word, web content development, Photoshop,and social media/online networks and tools

Additional Information:

Monthly Salary: Commensurate with qualification and experience.

FTE: 100 %

Permanent/Temporary: Permanent

Position Term in months: 12

City, State, Zip: Seattle, WA 98164

Area/College: External Affairs and Government Relations

Department Name: External Affairs and Government Relations

Department Link: https://governmentrelations.wsu.edu/

Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Posting Close Date: This position has been reposted, screening of applications will begin August 23, 2021, and will continue until the position has been filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application.

Required Documents:

1) Resume

2) Cover letter

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

Organization

Working at Washington State University

Founded as the people’s university, WSU embraces its land-grant heritage, seeking to transform lives through education, research, and community engagement and service. The University has been delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to the state, region, nation, and the world for nearly 130 years. WSU enjoys productive partnerships with major industries in the state, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, technology, and construction. The colleges at WSU Health Sciences Spokane have formed robust partnerships across the state of Washington, both with large medical centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of rural and community hospitals and clinics.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Core Value

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

Representative Affinity Groups

Representative affinity groups within the Washington State University system include the following:

WSU Resources and Offices

WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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