Communications Specialist, Content

University Of Arizona Tucson , AZ 85704

Posted 2 months ago

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Position Information

Title Communications Specialist, Content Department AHS Office of Public Affairs (6805) Location University of Arizona Health Sciences Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Communications Director, and as a member of the Office of Public Affairs at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, the Communications and Content Specialist will be responsible for creating, writing and producing compelling, engaging content that builds visibility for the University of Arizona Health Sciences, the state's academic health center.

Through the Communications and Content Specialist's efforts, the Office of Public Affairs is seeking to raise the UA Health Sciences' local, regional and national profile with a number of key audiences, including prospective and current students, prospective faculty, alumni, donors, government officials and peer institutions. The successful candidate must have strong newswriting and creative writing skills, a team-based approach to collaborate with others and the ability to quickly produce engaging content using both traditional and non-traditional frameworks in a fast-paced office that works with five UA health colleges and multiple centers, institutes and programs, as well as Banner Health, the UA's chief clinical partner.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Create copy that aligns with the tone and voice of the University of Arizona brand.

  • Identify, gather and produce content for a number of communications efforts, including news releases, web copy, blogs, social media, email marketing, digital advertising, video and more.

  • Distribute content on a variety of platforms, including websites, social media channels, UA Health Sciences blog, MailChimp.

  • Assist with tracking reach and impact of earned and owned media for UA Health Sciences.

  • Identify, write and distribute news releases and make media pitches to national, state and local media.

  • Coordinate interviews, escort TV crews and reporters, and schedule filming locations, if needed.

  • Help identify, write/create, monitor and coordinate photography, artwork, layout and preparation of internal and external publications and other media, as needed.

  • Work with the Communications Director and UAHS BioCommunications to create, produce and edit video content for various purposes across digital platforms.

  • Build strong relationships with faculty and staff members to source story ideas and address communication needs.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Basic skills in Adobe Creative Suite, MailChimp and Drupal.

  • Strong organization skills and significant attention to detail.

  • Proven ability to manage multiple concurrent projects with successful results and on-time delivery.

  • Proven ease at building relationships with constituents to develop story ideas for publication across all platforms.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, creative writing or related field and two or more years' content development and communications experience; or six years of progressively responsible content development/communications experience; or any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

  • Experience in managing and upholding content standards; knowledge of Associated Press style.

  • Experience using social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Snapchat.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Basic skills in Meltwater.

  • Experience within an academic or health sciences setting.

  • Experience working with graphic designers, digital photographers, video and multimedia producers.

  • Proven understanding of audience segmentation and the ability to identify different communication and outreach strategies to engage diverse groups and audiences.

  • Self-motivated, willing and able to take initiative.

  • Ability to work both independently and with a team, resolving issues with a positive outcome.

  • High level of integrity, ethics and professionalism.

  • Strong attention to detail in writing and copyediting news releases and web media, with demonstrated ability to grasp sophisticated scientific research and present it in compelling, easily understood stories.

  • Demonstrated success in generating stories with placement in conventional and web-based media outlets.

FLSA Exempt Full Time/Part Time Full Time Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 Job Category Administrative and Professional Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits Posted Rate of Pay $45,000 - $55,000 Annually, DOE Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A23520 Number of Vacancies One Desired Start Date Position End Date (if temporary) Limited to Current UA Employees No Contact Information for Candidates

Lesley Merrifield

Open Date 04/10/2019 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Review Begins On 04/22/2019 Special Instructions to Applicant

Please submit at least three writing samples that best represent the diversity of your work such as a human interest story, news release, a science-oriented story or release, a social media post, a blog, etc., and attach them as one document in the attachments section.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • Where did you first learn about this position?

  • Arizona Daily Star

  • Arizona Republic



  • Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Department of Economic Security (DES)

  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education


  • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education



  • Jobing.Com

  • LinkedIn

  • Local Job Banks

  • Pima County One-Stop

  • Professional Conference

  • Professional journal/publication

  • Referred by UA Employee

  • Invited by Dept to Apply

  • UA Website

  • Other

  • Do you have experience in managing and upholding content standards; knowledge of Associated Press style?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Do you have experience using social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Snapchat?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Upon hire, will you possess a Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, Creative Writing or a related field and two or more years' of content development and communications experience; OR six years of progressively responsible content development/communications experience; OR any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?

  • Yes

  • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

  • Writing Sample

Optional Documents

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Communications Specialist, Content

University Of Arizona