Communications Specialist I - 516388

Job Details

Pay Grade/Pay Range: 56 Monthly (exempt): - Minimum - $ 30139.20 Midpoint - $ 43992.00

Department/Organization: 208111 - CCHS External Relations

Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:45pm; some evenings & weekends required

Job Summary: The Communications Specialist I works under immediate supervision with a department or area to craft communications and develop and implement plans, activities and tactics to support the goals of a specific department and/or college/division and the University. Knows fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of communications and public relations. This position does not supervise others.

Additional Department Summary: The Communications Specialist works with the College of Community Health Sciences to develop and implement communications activities to support the mission, goals, and communications strategies of the College. The Communications Specialist performs a broad scope of communications activities requiring knowledge, experience, and applications of writing, design, public relations, and media relations practices. The Communications Specialist works under the direction of the Director of External Relations and the Assistant Director of External Relations.

The Communications Specialist is responsible for developing and maintaining content for the print, social media, and online presence of the College.

Specific responsibilities include:
Create a wide range of print and digital communications materials, and supervise their production, to communicate information effectively and strategically about the College to external audiences. These include but are not limited to print and electronic newsletters, brochures, flyers, promotional materials, and marketing and advertising copy for newspapers, magazines, radio, and online. Develop and coordinate communication and marketing materials for a diverse array of platforms, including print, electronic, website, and social media. Assist in the development and production of the College’s magazine and Annual Report in both print and electronic forms. Develop strong relationships with the media. Work with UA Strategic Communications to prepare news releases and expertise alerts relevant to current events. Ensure media coverage at various College events to promote the visibility of the College. Collaborate and work closely with departments, units, and programs across the College on content for the College’s print and electronic publications, social media, and websites and to support their individual communications-related needs and initiatives. Work with the UA Division of Strategic Communications as needed to support University initiatives.

Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and one (1) year experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, or communications; OR master's degree. 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.

Skills and Knowledge: Ability to write copy and design layouts under pressure and tight deadlines. Graphic design knowledge and experience, including proficient use of InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Experience with social media on various platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). Strong written and oral communications skills, grammar, copy-editing skills, and the ability to clearly convey messaging through writing. Knowledgeable of AP style. Strong organizational skills and the ability to work on multiple, ongoing tasks and projects and meet stated deadlines. Ability to self-start with little supervision and work independently, and ability to work cooperatively in a team setting. Extreme attention to detail and accuracy. Self-motivated, energetic, and excellent public relations skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Photography skills. Experience with web design and creating multi-media content. Ability to deliver original, creative, and innovative communications materials. Experience with graphic design and working experience with Mac computers and related software, including Adobe Creative Suite. Experience conducting interviews and writing/editing informational articles.

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


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