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Communications Coordinator, Dept of Chemistry and School of Mathematics in CSE
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Salary: 43243.20 - 82950.40
Internal Number: 351067
Department of Chemistry and School of Mathematics
8342CG (M&C Pro 2-Comm Gen) 100% appointment Civil Service, Exempt One-Year Probationary Period
About The Job
Applying the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion to all communications, the Communications Coordinator is responsible for designing, creating, and implementing a comprehensive, dynamic, and nimble communications plan, using a variety of tools and ensuring consistent and effective messaging and branding for both the Department of Chemistry (50%) and the School of Mathematics (50%).
The Communications Coordinator works independently to determine stories, photos, content and focus for the departments’ communications efforts.The position is responsible for generating original content for internal and external communications. The Communications Coordinator works with others in the departments who are planning events to define goals and specific audiences. This also includes working closely with the college’s communications team and development staff on special events, marketing, or targeted communications to alumni and donors. Duties also include writing and editing content for all platforms such as social media, website, multimedia, photo and video, and department-wide events; translating information into clear, concise, and understandable language; developing branded materials, including brochures, newsletters, posters, and research summaries; creating and managing the production and distribution of information.
The Communications Coordinator ensures that all communication tools are designed to engage their targeted stakeholders; enhance and promote the reputation of the department; provide accurate and interesting information about the department and how its students, postdoctoral associates, faculty, and staff members are engaged in education, research, and outreach; and garner support from and recruit prospective students, faculty, and donors.
60% Original Content Creation and Management - Communications Coordinator writes and edits copy and takes photos or videos for all printed, electronic, and social media. The website and accompanying intranets are the major communications tools and require continuous updating with regular and timely postings.
Additional writing tasks include:
â— weekly emails to faculty, staff members, students, and postdoctoral associates with timely updates on news, awards, accomplishments, and upcoming events; â— news releases and media alerts for distribution to the broader community through the college and university; and â— information/promotion flyers and brochures for the department that are used for the recruitment of students and faculty and for special events. â— composing communications on behalf of departmental and center leadership
20% Design - The Communications Coordinator designs pages for the websites and intranets, using templates; and designs most printed materials. The Communications Coordinator collaborates on the design of major projects such as the department’s newsletter.
10% Seminars & Workshops - The Communications Coordinator manages the communication for weekly departmental seminars by visiting researchers. The publicity includes creation of abstracts, website events, front lobby display, and two Google calendars. The Communications Coordinator works closely with corresponding staff in each department or center.
10% Outreach - The Communications Coordinator is a team member for publicizing and planning public outreach events and programs in both departments. This position will work with faculty and staff contacts leading these efforts to promote and report on these events both on and off campus.
• Requires BA/BS degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Art or related field plus 2 years professional experience, or 6 years combined equivalent education and experience.
Preferred Qualifications • Strong oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on detail and accuracy • Experience developing and implementing a communications plan • Experience developing or implementing a social media plan for a company or organization. • Experience working in a higher education setting, preferably in STEM disciplines • Experience working with diverse constituents • News writing experience with proficiency in Associated Press style • Experience with photography and/or video production • Experience with website content management, preferably with Drupal and Google Sites • Experience using Google Workspace, MS Office, Adobe Suite including InDesign, Illustrator, AfterEffects, and Photoshop software • Experience with specialized software such as ChemDraw and LaTex • Ability to solve problems and work independently • Ability to diplomatically balance the needs of various stakeholders
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.
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