Salary is commensurate with experience and education
Applications will be reviewed beginning on 06/23.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The Department of Global Health was established in 2007, bridging the schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise and interdisciplinary power of all UW schools and colleges. Our mission is to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service; to understand and address the causes of disease and health inequities at multiple levels; and to collaborate with partners to develop and sustain locally-led, quality health systems, programs and policies. Driven by tremendous interest among both students and faculty, the Department has grown explosively to more than 400 graduate and undergraduate students. We have more than 380 faculty and 800 staff working on projects across 130 countries with our deepest ties in Kenya, Uganda, Peru, Mozambique, India, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and the United States.
The Department of Global Health (DGH) has an outstanding opportunity for a Communications Manager.
The DGH Communications Manager is responsible for managing the Department's communication strategy. Working closely with DGH leadership, faculty and staff, they have outstanding written and verbal communications skills and an ability to synthesize complex, technical information, with in-depth knowledge of communications channels/platforms and an understanding of their application to a broad range of target audiences. The Communications Manager brings energy, creativity, consistency, and strong interpersonal and organizational skills to a variety of communications areas, including web content, social media, print, and internal and external news. This position reports to the Vice Chair of the Department, and represents the Department on all communications matters. The Communications Manager must function at a high level independently and in collaboration with others, while strategically assessing audience, feasibility, and effectiveness of communications across platforms. The Communications Manager will use their keen sense of design and awareness of audience to manage the creation of striking print materials and web content.
Lead efforts to effectively and efficiently collect and disseminate key communications within and beyond the department.
Build awareness and support for the Department of Global Health.
Provide direction, supervision, and oversight to the Communications Specialist.
Revise and update the communications plan to align with the strategic goals of the Department and ensure smooth implementation of the communications plan and editorial calendar.
Serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for DGH, the University of Washington and the UW brand, and provide support for others to incorporate UW branding into their communications.
Work with the Director of Finance and Administration to ensure internal communications and other Departmental needs are addressed.
Collaborate with the Communications Specialist, faculty, and staff to write and publish news stories and profiles highlighting the breadth and depth of the Department's various research areas.
Work closely with the Web Specialist and Academic Program staff to ensure the website is meeting the needs of prospective students, current students, and other audiences.
Partner with Communication Director of the School of Public Health and UW Medicine Media Relations and strategic communications teams to confirm information and elevate global health stories, news, and other information.
Draft communications for the Chair and others including talking points and letters.
Work with Advancement staff to provide content for donor-related materials.
Prepare, finalize, review, approve and disseminate the DGH annual report, incorporating feedback from leadership and in partnership with a graphic designer.
Monitor and manage website and faculty databases, and communicate any issues or bugs to the web specialist.
Further develop the format, and review and provide edits for weekly e-newsletter and quarterly alumni newsletter.
Provide guidance and support for any high concern communications using established guidelines, procedures.
Build relationships with 26 affiliated DGH programs and centers to elevate their achievements and news.
Provide resources and support to program staff regarding websites, design, printed materials, university resources, and Department standards.
Facilitate monthly internal relations committee meetings and work to ensure faculty, staff and students receive relevant information in a timely manner.
Review and provide guidance to Communications Specialist regarding social media priorities and content.
Participate in regular meetings of external partner organizations.
Oversee photo database.
Provide support for any general inquiries the Communications Specialist is unable to answer.
Cover Communications Specialist duties when they are out.
Other duties as needed.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Master's Degree in communications, English, journalism, or related field, and 2-3 years of experience in communications or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of global health issues.
High comfort level interacting with researchers and members of the global health community.
Outstanding written and oral communications skills.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Excellent follow through and attention to detail.
Experience in web content development.
Experience with web-management software (Drupal, in particular).
Experience with online newsletter platforms.
Experience translating research findings into coherent content that is easily understood by the general public and policy makers.
Basic knowledge of Photoshop.
Two or more years of supervisory experience.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
Basic design experience.
Familiarity with University of Washington.
Experience managing video production.
Experience using SharePoint.
Condition of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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