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Refines and executes a communications strategy that provides a plan for day-to-day safety-related communications as well as a long-term roadmap.
Drafts University-wide messages, internal messages, and other communications on public safety.
In collaboration with the Universityâ™s core social media team, creates social media strategies and channels to build a trusted, credible, and reliable source of safety-related information to the campus community and our neighbors.
Manages and updates the DSS website as a user-focused tool for improving safety, as well as other University websites dedicated to public safety. This will include writing and editing safety-related website content as needed.
Coordinates with University units on safety and other issues.
Assists DSS and UCPD in gathering and responding to feedback from campus and neighboring communities.
Develops and executes plans for promoting and publicizing major DSS or broader University safety initiatives.
Helps assess effectiveness of communications tactics, gathers and evaluates metrics, etc.
Contributes to news media outreach, including DSS/UCPD stories, collaboration with University Communications on incoming media inquiries, and preparation for press conferences.
Helps tailor communications on safety and public affairs issues for many audiences, including students, employees, local residents, alumni, international audiences, etc.
Provides additional capacity within DSS for emergency communications response, in close collaboration with University Communications. Helps plan tabletop exercises as needed.
Explores potential for additional channels and communications tactics, e.g., newsletters, to increase key audience engagement on public safety issues,
Contributes to efforts to anticipate and monitor for emerging safety-related issues.
Provides support for communications on additional institutional issues as needed.
Plans, develops and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization's programs,accomplishments, or point of view, with moderate levels of guidance and direction.
Solves a range of straightforward problems, as work assignments are difficult and broad in nature, usually requiring originality and ingenuity.
Performs other related work as needed.
Bachelor's degree in communications,Â publicÂ relations,Â publicÂ policy or a similar field.
Five years experience in organizational communications, public affairs and/or public safety in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders, such as in higher education, politicsÂ andÂ government, non-profit, or corporate settings.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
Experience building and managing social media platforms, website content, and/or other digital communications.Â
Exceptional written and verbal communication, proofreading, problem-solving, decision-making, client service and cross-department collaboration skills.
Manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Self-motivated go-getter with a positive attitude
Work independently and collaboratively with a high degree of initiative.
Exceptional time, project management and organizational skills including the ability to meet tight external and internal deadlines.
Maintain confidentiality. Handle complex and confidential information with discretion.
Strong business acumen and emotional intelligence.
Cover Letter (required)
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