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ABOUT THE JOB The Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) National Program Center housed in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health – Division of Epidemiology & Community Health is looking to hire a full-time Communications Director to develop and lead the program’s internal and external/public-facing communications strategy.
For more information about the IRL program, please visit our program website at IRLeaders.org.
Start date: Immediately
Salary range: $80,000-$90,000
Develop and direct a comprehensive communications plan for the IRL national program center that conveys the program’s vision, mission, values and impact specific to research projects that are focused on health equity, community engagement, and dismantling structural racism - (35%). This includes:
Identify strategic priorities that align with program goals,
Determine key audiences and relevant messaging.
Develop brand voice and maintain brand integrity across all platforms.
Establish how messages will be communicated, key communications channels.
Create timelines to align communications with program activities.
Develop and implement program communication policies, processes, and organizational identity.
Create original communication material and products (digital, print, video, audio) for the IRL program in the form of digital media, newsletters, social media, presentations, briefs, press releases, news stories, op-eds, etc - 30%. This includes the following content:
Showcase the work of IRL fellows and teams (both current and alumni) via various communication channels.
Contribute to the broader narrative on health equity research, community engaged research, and research to dismantle structural racism.
Create and contribute to a broad array of products that tell the IRL story.
Collaborate with three RWJF Leadership for Better Health sister programs to produce joint publications and news stories.
Assist IRL fellows and teams in writing, editing, and formatting op-ed pieces, professional blogs, special journal issues, research/policy briefs, etc.
Attend or present at conferences and special events to speak to the work and impact of the IRL program.
Evaluate the effectiveness of program communications and provide recommendations and guidance to strengthen communication activities - 10%. This includes:
Implement and use measurement and tracking tools to understand reach, effectiveness, and engagement to guide improvements in the communications strategy.
Partner with external agencies including communications firms to optimize evaluation techniques for communication efforts.
Report findings to IRL leadership.
Manage IRL program communications platforms. This includes the IRL program website (IRLeaders.org), social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc), YouTube, Campaign Monitor, etc - 10%
Work in collaboration with website designer to ensure existing website content is updated and new website content is implemented
Create social media campaigns and related content
Direct internal program communications - 10%. This includes:
Create routine internal communications to help integrate program efforts and initiatives.
Produce presentations with talking points for use by program leadership.
Manage IRL communication materials and files to be readily accessible by program leadership and staff.
Provide communications support to various IRL committees (National Advisory Committee, Community Action Advisory Board, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force, All Team, strategic retreats, etc).
Special projects as needed - 5%
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 6 years of professional communications experience. Or, Master’s degree and a minimum of 4 years of professional communications experience.
Strong professional communications track record. Experience with digital, video, audio and print content.
Excellent written communication skills, demonstrated ability in a variety of mediums including but not limited to research/policy briefs, op-eds, professional blog posts, news articles, etc.
Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills.
Proven ability to develop and implement comprehensive communications plans that support organizational goals
Nuanced understanding of different target audiences.
Self-starter, reliable, and takes initiative.
Well versed in running social media campaigns.
Ability to work independently and manage multiple deadlines and priorities under tight time frames.
Strong orientation to detail and strong organizational skills.
Ability to establish positive relationships and work with a diverse array of people, strong interpersonal skills.
Strong commitment to dismantling structural racism, health equity, and community engaged research and projects.
Master’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related field.
10+ years of professional communications experience.
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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