Communications Manager

Binghamton University Binghamton , NY 13901

Posted 2 months ago

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 17,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

Budget Title: Senior Staff Assistant (SL-3)

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Binghamton University seeks a Communications Manager (CM) who would work within the Office of University Communications and Marketing.

The CM works with deans, assistant deans, faculty, directors and Communications and Marketing staff to determine the communication needs of the school or office to which he/she is assigned. In coordination with the Office of Communications and Marketing, the CM designs and implements both strategies and tactics. The CM serves as the project manager and point of contact for their school's/division's communications needs, while addressing communications problems in the most strategic, creative and effective way possible in today's highly competitive environment.

Highlights of a CM's responsibilities:

  • Develop unique, cross-platform content for digital and print assets, including social media, websites, videos, infographics, multimedia presentations and brochures.

  • Write, edit and coordinate content as well as project manage school magazines and digital newsletters.

  • Work to identify stories that can be pitched to the media; work with content experts within the school/division to develop articles as required.

  • Conceive, write and coordinate website content and posting of content on the school's/division's website.

  • Handle the ongoing needs for content creation for social media channels.

  • Provide ongoing communication consultation to assigned schools/divisions.

  • Develop an annual communications plan and timeline for schools/divisions, defining measurable goals, schedules and a budget.

  • Conduct an annual communications audit, recommend and conduct market research to test effectiveness of client communications (online surveys, phone surveys, website metrics). Use results to evaluate current programs and formulate future plans.

  • Work with partners to execute plans; work with Communications and Marketing team members to support programs with professional services such as photography, videography, writing, design, special events, media relations and social media promotions.

  • Work closely with the director of communications to obtain in-house assistance when appropriate and, when necessary, to negotiate with outside freelance help.


  • Bachelor's degree in related field or Bachelor's degree with related work experience

  • Strong verbal and written skills, including editorial experience

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Knowledge of content-management principles, ability to edit templates within a CMS environment, an understanding of web publishing and the technical concepts involved in implementing web publishing solutions

  • Experience monitoring and managing social media outlets for a business or institution

  • Ability to perform well under pressure, meet deadlines, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously with an attention to detail

  • A portfolio of professional work is required

  • Higher-education experience, campaign email system experience and knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop are helpful

Additional Information:

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Payroll information can be found on our website

Cover letters may be addressed "To the Search Committee."

Postings active on the website accept applications until closure.

For information on the Dual Career Program, please visit:

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by Title IX and its implementing regulations Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Application Instructions:

Deadline for Internal Applicants: March 25, 2019

Deadline for External Applicants: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the vacancy is filled.

Persons interested in this position should apply online.

Please submit:

  • Resume,

  • Cover letter,

  • Contact information for three professional references, and

  • Portfolio of professional work

You may add additional files/documents after uploading your resume. After you fill out your contact information, you will be directed to the upload page. Please login to check/edit your profile or to upload additional documents:

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