Communications Specialist


: $134,440.00 - $127,870.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations

HoursStandard University business hours8:30am 5:00pm (academic year)8:00am 4:30pm (summer)Hours may vary based on operational needs.Job DescriptionThe Communications Specialist is the primary writer and media contact for the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Communications. Position demands a seasoned, prolific and flexible writer who can deftly switch tone, length and style of writing to suit various content needs, including for multiple monthly e-newsletters, website, interviews, news stories, announcements, speaking points, and more. Excellent editing and proofreading skills are a must, as is a keen sense for how to pitch stories (via Division of Marketing and Communications) to make them attractive to media outlets. Timeliness (both in hitting deadlines and responding to media inquiries) is crucial, as is strong emotional intelligence and the ability to manage expectations with a firm but ever-pleasant manner.Position works closely with the director of communications and content marketing manager to ensure mutual alignment with institutional messages, themes and priorities. Position also interacts daily with SU News Services and other offices in SUs Division of Marketing and Communications to help promote the work and achievements of the College.QualificationsBachelors degree and a minimum of seven years of professional writing experience required, preferably in an academic environment.Degree in English, journalism, communications, marketing or a closely related field desired.Familiarity with mass email/e-newsletter creation and dissemination, website content management systems, and other digital communication tools/platforms is required.Familiarity with AP Style is highly desired. Familiarity with the Syracuse University style guide a plus.Job Specific QualificationsExperience collaborating directly with faculty, students, staff and alumni.Extensive recent experience researching, writing, and editing of communications content in a higher education institution, public relations agency or closely related field, with the specific goal to instill pride and drive action/interaction.Values critical thinking, is open to change/evolution, and enjoys working in a close team environment.Proven research and writing skills under pressure and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.Understands contemporary brand stewardship and content marketing principles. Works to bring the brand to life through storytelling and writing.Must be calm under pressure and able to juggle myriad assignments with flexibility and good humor.Requires the ability to tactfully/diplomatically manage a range of personalities, plus a strong sense of judgement, discretion, and confidentiality.ResponsibilitiesAs part of a greater content strategy and working to tight deadlinesidentifies, writes, edits and posts relevant, valuable articles and news stories.Produces, writes, edits and provides quality control for email blasts to A&S target audiences; measures efficacy and adjusts content strategy as needed.Assists with the creation, project management, and quality assurance of print and digital marketing collateral; works closely with social/digital strategist to ensure that efforts are amplified across various A&S and University channels. Liaises with campus colleagues and freelance writers in the writing of A&S stories.Writes and edits communiqus, such as letters and speeches, for A&S and University leadership.Application InstructionsIn addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume, cover letter, and 5 writing samples that demonstrate the breadth of writing style.EEOCSyracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.Commitment to Supporting and Hiring VeteransSyracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The Universitys contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus CommunitySyracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.
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