Media Communications Specialist

Riverside, Riverside County
Apr 02, 2014
Salary: $40,159 - $61,230
Title: Media Communications Specialist
Category: Management and Professional
Department: Housing Srvcs. Admin.
Date Posted: 06/27/2013
8AM - 5PM
Position Information:
Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Housing for Marketing, the Housing, Dining & Residential Services (HDRS) Media Communications Specialist manages the content of all HDRS website, social media outlets and the HDRS Staff SharePoint Announcements. Working with internal campus partners such as writers, designers, technical staff, external experts and a range of university "clients", this position will update and maintain the department''s digital assets, including websites, display screens (R''Talk), e-mail communication and social media.

The Media Communications Specialist also provides creative design, print production, project management and marketing services in print, digital and web formats in support of the various units within HDRS. This position serves all HDRS clients, including (but not limited to) Housing Administration; Residence Life; Dining Services; Resident Assignments & Accounts; and the Child Development Center units. The position works collaboratively with other UCR department marketing programs.

The Media Communications Specialist will assist in the evaluation and research for projects related to effective marketing programs and processes; brand development, new media design, photography, print fulfillment and delivery, project consultation, and strategic planning. This position must have knowledge of, adhere to, and enforce University, and department policies, protocol and marketing trends.

This position will be a part of UCR''s Housing, Dining & Residential Services (HDRS) department that is one of the campuses largest units, providing housing to about 30% of our students, dining for entire campus in residential and retail facilities, programming and support through a robust residential life program, conferencing and catering services, and child development care to our faculty, staff and students. HDRS employs 450 career employees and over 800 student employees. HDRS departments include Assignments & Accounts, Business & Financial Services, Capital Programs, Catering Services, Child Development, Conference Services, Dining Services, Information Technologies, Marketing, Operations, and Residential Life. HDRS reports to the Division of Student Affairs.

This position will directly work with the Marketing, Assignments & Accounts area which is composed of three teams that support the HDRS Department mission in a diversity of ways. Together, the three teams collaborate with and serve other HDRS units, as well as a vast array of campus departments and external experts.

The Resident Assignments team applies a broad scope of on-campus housing knowledge to advise prospective and current UCR students, their families and an array of campus affiliates about campus housing options (~ 7,000 residents in 10 on-campus housing communities). They are also responsible for managing the Community Living Program, an online off-campus housing resource that serves over 5,000 members of the campus community annually. The Resident Accounts team balances sound fiscal practices with student-friendly counseling and guidance while advising students and their families, campus faculty and staff, and other university affiliates with regard to the fiscal policies, procedures and obligations of on-campus housing. The Marketing & Publications team ensures that all communication representing HDRS, or any unit within HDRS, conveys an approved, appropriate and effective brand image and/or message. Using a broad scope of media ranging from print, apparel, electronic/digital, photography, video, web and social media, this team uses a strong sense of artistic style and creative flair, knowledge of current trends, and language skills to communicate with an equally broad range of customers from college-age students and their families, faculty and staff, to other university affiliates and dignitaries.
Minimum Requirements:
**To be considered for this position, you must complete the application, submit a resume, (cover letter is optional but appreciated) and provide web links or a PDF of your portfolio at the time of application.**

1. Minimum of a four-year college degree and two years of work experience in graphic design, marketing and/or web design & development, or an equivalent combination of work and education.

2. Understanding of and experience posting to social media sites including, but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr and Pinterest.

3. Experience working on personal computers in both Mac and Microsoft platforms; demonstrated expertise with Adobe Creative Suite design software (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); Extensive knowledge of graphic applications, web applications and interactive-development tools (e.g. Acrobat, Flash and HTML).

4. Ability to work independently and as a part of a creative team; able to accept creative suggestions and offer creative alternatives for work in progress, ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, maintain the relationships over time, and effectively communicate by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

5. A strong sense of artistic style and creative flair, knowledge of current trends, and language skills to effectively and efficiently communicate ideas visually, verbally, and in writing to customers or in website content.

6. Demonstrate knowledge of layout principles and aesthetic design concepts.

7. Thorough knowledge of printing process and related production activities, including file preparation and output, prepress and print requirements; ability to understand and prepare digital files for offset, digital printing, or use on digital media.

8. Ability to keep up-to-date technically, analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

9. Must be able to work in a deadline-oriented environment with multiple projects at the same time, while maintaining high quality; display self-discipline to organize, plan, prioritize and meet goals given by deadlines.
Preferred Qualifications:
1. Experience working with website Content Management Systems (such as Omni-Update or WordPress), web authoring and development tools (such as Dreamweaver), and working knowledge of web coding schemes, including HTML5 and CCS.

2. Experience creating motion graphics, using such software as Adobe After Effects, Flash, Nuke, etc.

3. Demonstrated writing abilities, including (but not limited to) a personal blog or vlog, articles published on the web, or comments posted on websites.

4. Experience creating short videos; demonstrated video editing and videographic skills.

5. Experience as a photographer, including lighting, composition, retouching, photo-illustration, photo-manipulation and photo editing.

6. Proven experience with multiple browsers (Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox) and operating systems(Windows, Mac OS, iOS and Android).

7. Understanding of UCR on-campus Housing facilities, programs, events and information.

Additional Information:
In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities'' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

At UC Riverside we celebrate diversity and are proud of our #4 ranking among the nation for most diverse universities (US News and World Report 2011). Become part of a place that fosters success for all its constituents, students, faculty, and staff, and where work/life balance and campus culture are integral to our way of life.

UCR is ranked 41st among top public universities (US News and World Report 2011) and is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, with a commitment to workforce diversity.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview