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Communications Manager

University of California, Los Angeles
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Communications Manager
University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: 33705
Salary: $4,842 - $9,591 monthly

Position Description:
The UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative (LPPI) seeks a dynamic communications professional to serve as our Communications Manager (CM). LPPI champions nonpartisan, evidence-based domestic policy solutions that improve the economic, political, and social landscape for Latinos and other communities of color in states and localities across the U.S. LPPI leverages UCLA's cross-disciplinary strengths to create an enterprise-wide home for Latino social policy with expertise in over a dozen issue areas including civil rights, criminal justice, educational equity, health access, housing, and voting and civic participation. LPPI fosters innovative research, leverages policy-relevant expertise, drives civic engagement, and nurtures a leadership pipeline to propel viable policy reforms that expand opportunity for all Americans.

The CM will support communications functions for LPPI, both pro-active and reactive. Substantive responsibilities include digital and print messaging, supporting press relations, and identifying and managing public speaking and media opportunities for LPPI staff, faculty, and other researchers. The CM will help to strengthen LPPI's brand and stakeholder rapport and connect our research and programmatic functions with our stakeholders, both on and off campus, through a monthly e-newsletter and regular social media management. The CM is "on" at all times?carefully watching developments in the press and prepared to craft rapid response social content that aligns LPPI's work with the news cycle. That means anticipating news events, building out a social media calendar, working closely with staff to time rollouts on digital platform, and growing LPPI's audiences across digital channels.

Reporting to the Deputy Director, the CM will be a key player in LPPI's communication activities and targeted dissemination efforts. They will be responsible for editing and releasing digital content - policy briefs, e-newsletters, web stories and actively managing the organization's social media accounts. They will serve as the first contact for press related inquires and is responsible for directing requests to appropriate researchers. They will also be responsible for coordinating press responses, including talking points, briefings, and other duties, for LPPI executive staff members in their interactions with the media and external stakeholders. This position will ensure that newsworthy activities from LPPI affiliated staff, faculty, and students connect to communications guidelines and strategic goals. The CM will ensure targeted outreach strategies are used and developed to increase external engagement with LPPI.

We expect the CM to remain abreast of industry best practices as they evolve to incorporate them into their work. The CM will support the production of digital and print publications that connect academic content with decision-makers, namely elected and appointed officials, funders, the media, and other policy decision-makers. The CM is also responsible for tracking, recording, and publishing LPPI media coverage, including press clips, on the LPPI website, social media channels, and in conversations with external partners.
Lastly, the CM will be a member of the LPPI events team, responsible for creating visual, marketing, and communications elements to promote events and provide attendees with a high-quality experience. They will also lead the production of online-only events, such as webinars or web chats, which will showcase research and other LPPI activities. The CM will integrate data from MailChimp, Twitter, Facebook, Wordpress, Eventbrite, and other programs/applications to assess the performance of communications activities.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy,

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UCLA is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1919 and is the second oldest of the ten campuses affiliated with the University of California system. UCLA offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines and enrolls about 26,000 undergraduate and about 12,000 graduate students from the United States and around the world every year.

UCLA features the College of Letters and Science, seven general campus professional schools, and four professional schools for the health sciences. The UCLA College of Letters and Science has 34 academic departments and 900 faculty, and houses the majority of UCLA's 129 undergraduate majors as well as the students in the Graduate Division of Letters and Sciences. The UCLA College Honors Program is also housed in the College. The College of Letters and Science's programs are divided into five academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and the International Institute. UCLA also offers certificate programs, undergraduate degree-credit and continuing education credits for non-full-time students through its UCLA Extension education program.

The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA as the 24th best university in the nation and 32nd best in the world. In the 2007 edition of U.S. News and World Report, UCLA Medical Center was ranked best in the West, as well as one of the top 3 hospitals in the United States alongside Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 15 of the 16 medical specialty areas examined, UCLA Medical Center ranked in the top 20.

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