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The Office of Institutional Advancement supports the University’s mission and strategic priorities through brand, story-telling, design and partnership building. The Community Engagement Team works to develop partnerships, communications and events that align with UMBC’s mission and vision, and brand standards that strengthen our community values.
OIA launched a divisional Diversity and Inclusion Initiative in 2018. The goal of the initiative is for OIA to be more intentional in our efforts to reflect UMBC’s commitment to inclusive excellence. Engaging deeply in work to improve diversity and inclusion can be challenging, but doing this work thoughtfully and sincerely is essential to creating a truly supportive, positive work environment for all. In fact, it is in those challenging moments—such as when we’re confronting stereotypes or unconscious bias—that opportunities for growth present themselves.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) seeks a skilled writer and strategic communicator with an interest in covering technology, computing and engineering for the position of Communications Manager. Centrally based in UMBC’s Office of Institutional Advancement, this position is the leading communications role serving our fast-growing College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT). This role also supports related areas such as entrepreneurship and the bwtech@UMBC research and technology park.
This position is designed to boost the College’s visibility and reputation through university-owned channels, external media and more. The Communications Manager will:
Write and publish timely and engaging stories on research, teaching and achievements for UMBC News, UMBC Magazine and other university platforms;
Lead media relations for COEIT and other units within their portfolio, including developing relationships with and pitching stories to local, national and international journalists;
Support faculty, staff, students and the Dean of COEIT in work with the media, including providing media training, feedback and logistical support as needed;
Maintain strong relationships with faculty, staff, students and alumni leaders to enable effective collaboration;
Steward UMBC’s brand and reputation;
Collaborate with colleagues on the UMBC communications team, with other units within the Office of Institutional Advancement (such as marketing and alumni engagement) and with colleagues across COEIT and UMBC more broadly;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, English, Science Writing or another applicable field
A minimum of two years of work experience in one of the above fields or a related writing-intensive field (this may include freelance writing experience)
A deep interest in technology, engineering, computing, or related fields
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
An ability to pitch story ideas
An ability to work collaboratively within a team
An ability to manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders
Knowledge of content management tools (particularly WordPress)
Professional experience with story distribution tools (such as social media and templated emails) and metrics (such as Google Analytics) is desired.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Upload a cover letter and resume. Applicants should also include two to three writing samples (400-1,500 words each), preferably in a format similar to a UMBC News or UMBC Magazine story. Please include a cover sheet that notes, for each writing sample, a brief explanation of your goals, audience, where/how it was published and distributed and whether/how goals were met.
Screening of Applications Begins:
For best consideration submit application materials by August 26, 2022 (applications will be accepted until the position is filled).
Salary begins at $60,000 and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience
Candidates should be based in or willing to relocate to the Baltimore region, but may be eligible for a hybrid work schedule.
UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities. Contingent II positions may include some benefits.
Please note the Type and FLSA Status above to determine the benefits offered for this position.
Equal Opportunity Statement:
UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.
UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community. UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.
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