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Communications Specialist - 513614

Employer
The University of Alabama
Location
Tuscaloosa
Closing date
Jul 30, 2021

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Apply nowJob no: 513614
Work type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)
Location: Tuscaloosa
Categories: Communication

Pay Grade/Pay Range: 56 Monthly (exempt): - Minimum - $ 29764.80 Midpoint - $ 43326.36

Department/Organization: 820606 - UREC Marketing

Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm; some evenings & weekends required

Job Summary: The Communications Specialist works with a department or area to develop and implement communication plans and activities to support the goals of a specific department, a college and/or The University.

Additional Department Summary: The Communications Specialist for the department of University Recreation is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing a comprehensive communication plan, including social media, public relations, graphic design, website management, and/or circulation. This includes developing and implementing strategies to engage students and other stakeholders, based on departmental needs and goals.

This position offers opportunities for creativity and innovation in the development of strategies to promote the programs, services, and facilities of University Recreation. Responsibilities include communication management for University Recreation events and services, in compliance with Strategic Communications and Student Life Divisional Communications. Responsible for the oversight of design and distribution of information to update members and staff about available services and program offerings.

Other responsibilities include coordinating with Student Life Communications to manage the creation of promotional materials for University Recreation. Will be responsible for creating short-term and long-term strategic promotion plans for each area of the department. Develops and coordinates all UREC-specific presentations for Bama Bound Orientation, University Days, and Transfer Days. Designs and presents UREC-specific presentations for campus partners (i.e. HRC, FYE, Parent Programs, etc.). Provides program management and oversight of student staff with specialized skills.

Provides assistance the Director of Communications for the Division of Student Life in support of divisional communication efforts.

Responsible for completing required training and promoting a safe, hospitable, and respectful workplace.

Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and one (1) year experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, or communications; OR Master's degree Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, English, Marketing, or Advertising. Related student or Graduate Assistant, Intern, or student oriented experience will be considered. To be considered student experience, it must be detailed in the employment section on the application.

Additional Required Department Minimum Qualifications: Six (6) months social media content management and graphic design experience. A portfolio that displays competence in all areas of design and publication preparation for print and electronic production is required.

Must have valid U.S. driver's license. Must be at least 21 years of age at time of hire and have an acceptable Motor Vehicle Report as determined by the insurance carrier.

Skills and Knowledge: Demonstrated working knowledge of graphic design programs including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Ability to work with others in a team environment. Excellent project management and time management skills to handle the volume and variety of projects at the pace each project requires. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines. Ability to write for diverse audiences and communication channels. Demonstrated initiative and creativity in promotional and design efforts. Demonstrated commitment to expand multicultural knowledge, awareness, and skills as evidenced through: demonstrating self awareness; understanding and valuing others; demonstrating knowledge of social inequalities; interacting effectively with a diversity of people; fostering equity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience supervising and managing interns and/or student workers. Experience managing social media for departments at a college or university. Experience in photography and videography. Experience in web design, specifically the WordPress website platform. Experience in web space management. Demonstrated communications, project management, and writing/proofing/editing experience. Demonstrated knowledge of AP style, social media presence and understanding, and content management of social media accounts.

Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment or volunteer status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster

Advertised: 26 Jul 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications close: 30 Jul 2021 Central Daylight Time

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Organization

The University of Alabama embodies an academic community that demands excellence in teaching, research and service and provides an inclusive, nurturing environment for the discovery of knowledge and the development of well-rounded leaders. Founded in 1831 as Alabama's first public college and known as the Capstone of Higher Education, UA provides a premier undergraduate and graduate education built upon global engagement, high-quality scholarship, outstanding teaching, and diversity and inclusivity throughout the community.

Our Mission

The University of Alabama will advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state, the nation and the world through the creation, translation and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Our Vision

The University of Alabama will be known as the university of choice for the best and brightest students in Alabama, and all students who seek exceptional educational opportunities. The University of Alabama will be a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians and the citizens of the nation and the world.

Our Core Values

The University of Alabama is committed to:

  • Undergraduate education that produces socially-conscious, ethical and well-rounded leaders who are grounded in their subject matter and capable of controlling their own destinies.
  • Graduate education that is deeply vested in subject matter knowledge, professional content, research skills and creative activity.
  • Public outreach and service that is held in the highest regard and fosters impactful public engagement to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Alabama, the nation and the world.
  • Campus life that embodies collaboration, collegiality, respect and a culture of inclusivity.

Our Strategic Goals

  • Provide a premier undergraduate and graduate education that offers a global perspective and is characterized by outstanding teaching, high-quality scholarship and distinctive curricular and co-curricular programs. Increase the University’s productivity and innovation in research, scholarship and creative activities that impact economic and societal development.
  • Enrich our learning and work environment by providing an accepting, inclusive community that attracts and supports a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
  • Provide opportunities and resources that facilitate work-life balance and enhance the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty and staff.
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