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Marketing and Communications Specialist

Employer
Gonzaga University
Location
Spokane, WA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Who We Are:

At Gonzaga we don’t just state our mission. We live it every day as a Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic University. It is the reason we exist and the foundation for our purpose: educating students for lives of leadership and service. From students to faculty and staff members, everyone here knows what we stand for – and they know how valuable our mission is to the success of our institution.

Our competitive benefit packages are part of Gonzaga’s commitment to care for the whole person. Packages include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, tuition benefits, and other University-provided benefits.

We also provide numerous resources which help bring balance to the complexities of work and personal life through our work/life and wellness programs.

Position Title:

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Posting Number:

S1719P

Department:

Arts and Sciences Dean's Office

Work Schedule:

8 am to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some occasional evenings and weekends.

Employment Status:

Regular

Hours per Week:

37.5

Months per Year:

12

Job Purpose:

The Marketing and Communications Specialist promotes the College of Arts and Sciences by engaging with our online audience, departments within the College, and alumni. They create and manage content for the College’s website(s), social media sites, and other promotional materials (newsletters, brochures, event advertisement, etc.). The Specialist engages, informs, and inspires our many audiences by creating a strong storytelling platform with personalized experiences.

Essential Function Category Title:

Marketing

% of time for section:

50

Function Details:

  • Write, edit, produce, and publish audience-appropriate content for the College website – from top-level pages with marketing- and storytelling-focused copy, to deeper pages with informational content.
  • Produce graphics and visual media for social media, newsletters, and promotional materials.
  • Create content that is in alignment with the College’s mission, strategic goals, and brand voice.
  • Advise departments and program assistants on graphical and brand standards.
  • Keep current on tools and trends related to online communication, writing for the web, content strategy, and product design, sharing knowledge and/or training colleagues as appropriate.

Essential Function Category Title:

Communications

% of time for section:

30

Function Details:

  • Collaborate with faculty and staff from the Dean’s Office, CAS departments and the Marketing/Communication department to conceive, create or update content on pages or in sections of the website.
  • Assist CAS department writers and content editors in applying appropriate style, voice and tone to website content.
  • Edit and fact-check online content for accuracy, clarity, consistency, functionality and impact.
  • Input and maintain editorial and interactive content using the University’s content management systems for websites, blogs and social media.
  • Manage multiple writing assignments and projects simultaneously.

Essential Function Category Title:

Events

% of time for section:

10

Function Details:

  • Work with other Dean’s Office staff to organize, staff, and promote events hosted by the Dean’s Office.
  • Develop print and online advertising media for departmental events as requested and distribute to appropriate audiences in a timely fashion.
  • Work with the Provost’s Office and other academic units/stakeholders on University events as requested by the Dean.

Other Functions:

  • Supervise and train student assistants as needed.
  • May represent the department on University-wide committees or projects as assigned and approved by the supervisor.

University Work Values:

Promoting Excellence in Academic Endeavors and Professional Practice

• Fostering intellectual depth, competence, reflection, and creativity in pursuing exemplary, rather than satisfactory, outcomes

Sharing Responsibility for Mission Identity and Leadership

• Making a personal commitment to learn about Gonzaga’s mission, discovering ways to contribute individually and collaboratively to our distinctive learning and research community

Affirming a Commitment to Human Dignity

• Engaging one another with profound respect, professionalism, and cura personalis while supporting one another’s continued learning, development, and maximizing of potential

Advancing a Culture of Inclusiveness

• Developing cultural fluencies and global awarenesses, and practicing habits that enable us to value, recruit, and support community members from historically underrepresented backgrounds

Caring for Our Common Home and Integral Ecology

• Growing ecological awareness of and respect for the interconnectedness of human and non-human life, and the need to develop and practice habits that are mutually beneficial to all life

Cultivating Individual and Community Accountability

• Demonstrating mutual commitment to our shared project by holding ourselves and others responsible for actions, expecting appropriate behavior, and aligning activities with ethical and professional standards

Degree Required:

Bachelor's Degree

Certifications and/or Licensures required:

N/A

Knowledge Required:

Specialist Knowledge in field

Years Experience Required:

3-4.99 years

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Three years’ experience writing and creating marketing materials, with demonstrated ability to write succinct, active, and engaging copy appropriate for website, social media and print audiences. A strong writing portfolio may be considered in lieu of three years’ work experience.
  • Excellent writing, editing, proofreading, and grammar skills; including familiarity with AP style.
  • Working knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Canva or Adobe Creative Suite
  • Ability to create and/or develop interactive content, features, and graphics
  • Ability to write in various styles and tones for different audiences and platforms (such as marketing websites, blogs, social media, email marketing, newsletters and infographics).
  • Ability to adhere to Gonzaga’s content standards and style guides.
  • Experience publishing and managing content across multiple channels, including public websites, blogs, intranets, and social media.
  • Experience using web content management systems (CMS) to edit and publish content.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working in higher education and/or large organizations.
  • Experience coordinating, organizing, and marketing social events and meetings.
  • Driver’s license and personal transportation to pick up purchases for events
  • Experience with (or ability to quickly learn) Event Management Software (EMS)
  • Basic proficiency with video editing

Physical / Environmental Qualifications :

The functions are usually performed sitting, but may involve some amount of standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, lifting, walking, carrying, and reaching while filing and performing other duties. Extensive wrist and hand movements related to computer keyboard work. Ability to be mobile campus-wide as appropriate business needs. Ability to move and set up tables and chairs for meetings and events.

Open Date:

04/20/2022

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Application Review Begins On:

05/12/2022

EEO Statement :

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

Clery Statement:

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics

The safety of all members of the campus community is of vital concern to Gonzaga University. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the law enforcement authority of Campus Security, policies concerning the reporting of any crimes which occurred on the campus (and other specified locations), other security and safety-related policies, as well as the crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be found in the Campus Safety and Security Guide and Annual Fire Safety Report. The Gonzaga-In-Florence Safety & Security Guide is also available.

A copy of the report can be found online at www.Gonzaga.edu/Clery. A paper copy of the Campus Safety & Security Guide and Annual Fire Safety Report or the Gonzaga-In-Florence Safety & Security Guide may be obtained by contacting the Student Development Office on main campus, College Hall 120. The Florence Guide may also be obtained on the Florence campus in room 105.

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