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Communications and Events Specialist, Human Resources

University of Richmond
Richmond City, Virginia, USA
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Communications and Events Specialist, Human Resources

The Communications and Events Specialist is responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive communications strategy for the Human Resources Department, coordinating HR messaging internally and externally in line with the University communications strategy. This position is also responsible for the design and delivery of all HR communications collateral and for supporting HR sponsored events.


  • Partner with the HR leadership team to develop and implement a unified HR communication strategy, integrating all HR functions-benefits, compensation, talent acquisition, etc.
  • Promote new HR initiatives. Develop and implement communication plans, including meeting timelines and managing budget. Write and edit articles, employee-facing emails, and web and social media content. Ensure communications are relevant, timely, and impactful.
  • Manage and regularly update HR's social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn) to promote events and share HR-related news and information. Monitor social media comments and information being posted by other parties about HR.
  • Work closely with University Communications, Health Promotion, and other departmental communications staff to integrate and promote HR messages with other campus communications. Develop integrated communication plans when necessary.
  • Manage HR's website, updating content as needed. Keep abreast of new website features and capabilities.
  • Primary liaison to the Events, Conferences, & Support Services team in order to deliver all employee recognition events.
  • Collaborate with Director of Compensation & Benefits for Employee Well-being and other HR related events.
  • Foster positive relationships and work cooperatively with committees and advisory groups.


  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of managing websites in content management systems
  • Basic knowledge of email design platforms
  • Basic understanding of web analytics
  • Knowledge of best practices for writing for the Web
  • Knowledge of best practices for writing for print marketing materials and newsletters
  • Detail oriented with demonstrated skills in effectively anticipating and organizing work priorities to meet and manage multiple pending deadlines and priorities
  • Excellent written storytelling abilities
  • Experience with social media management
  • Team collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute events
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and Adobe Creative Suites
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and video creation is preferred


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • At least two years of demonstrated experience in content production for web and print materials


  • Full-time, exempt
  • M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week

Hiring Range $44,775.00 to $59,325.00 annually



Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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