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Communications Strategist

Job ID: 251853
Location: Augusta University
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
Augusta University is Georgia's innovation center for education and health care, training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and healthcare providers in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state. More than 9,000 students choose Augusta for educational opportunities at the center of Georgia's cybersecurity hub and experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities, and the health sciences. Augusta is home to Georgia's only public academic health center, where groundbreaking research is creating a healthier, more prosperous Georgia, and world-class clinicians are bringing the medicine of tomorrow to patient care today.

Augusta University –
Our Health Sciences Campus: 1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912

College/Department Information
The College of Science and Mathematics provides students with strong foundations in the sciences as well as preparation for careers, citizenship, and a life-long love of learning. We are committed to providing experiences promoting scientific inquiry and discovery and dedicated to creating opportunities for intellectual growth and community involvement.

Job Summary
The general purpose of the position is to plan and coordinate the large number of communications in multiple media formats to ensure that the internal and external face of the College of Science and Mathematics adheres to the highest standards of communication. The position supports all five Strategic Priorities of the university's Creating a Legacy Like No Other Strategic Plan: Learning (Providing Impactful Learning Experiences); Discovery (Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Discovery, Accelerating Students' Connection to Research and Creativity); Student Success (Educational Access and Value, Providing a Life-Changing University Experience); Community (Strengthening Community Stakeholders' Connection to AU); and Stewardship (Philanthropic Investment, Increasing Research Support). The holder of this position will work closely with the AU Communications and Marketing to maintain a positive public image, promote college and department programs, and publicize student and faculty achievements in alignment with university standards. The communications strategist will be responsible for producing content for the college newsletter and formatting it for both physical and digital publication. The position is responsible for the maintenance of the college and department websites as well as webpages devoted to alumni recognition and engagement. The position is responsible for maintaining the college's social media presence, both of which serve to strengthen engagement with both the university community and the external community. The communications strategist will provide direction for all web-based marketing and recruiting campaigns. The position also serves as a key member of the planning hub for the numerous events that the college holds on a yearly basis.

The duties include, but are not limited to:

COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING STRATEGY AND PLANNING: Maintain situational awareness of the College's priorities by attending college and departmental meetings and events, both on one's own initiative and as directed by the Dean & his leadership team. Exercise professional judgment in planning strategies to effectively develop and carry out communications and marketing initiatives to promote the College's programs, student and faculty achievements, etc. to internal and external constituencies. Present those strategies to the Dean and, as appropriate, to members of the Dean's leadership team.

CONTENT DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT: Serve as the primary point of contact/interface with the college's subject matter experts (department chairs, designated faculty, deans. etc.) to capture/draft & produce/edit information to be delivered through various communications outlets (e.g., college & university website(s), Jagwire, college newsletter, department webpages, social media, etc.). Schedule, coordinate, and implement communication and marketing meetings. Coordinate involvement of project team members, as necessary. Develop and execute external and internal communications that promote, enhance, and protect the profile of the College of Science and Mathematics and support implementation of our programs and activities. Create, coordinate, and select photography and videography for print and electronic communications. Maintain effective working relationships with DCM communications specialists, editors, graphic designers, photographers, videographers, etc. Identify, document (record and/or write), and disseminate internal blurbs, stories, videos and/or news items as they pertain to the unit and notify DCM for consideration of broader dissemination (e.g., publication in Jagwire, media release, etc.) Capture, produce, and maintain a growing library of digital content, testimonials (images, videos, quotations), and written content which vividly conveys the experiences, people, achievements, and initiatives of the college and its departments and special programs to support a variety of marketing, promotional, and informational needs.

NEWSLETTER: Utilize templates provided and/or endorsed by DCM to create print and digital issues of the College newsletter by aggregating content from a variety of sources and creating content as needed. Utilize tools provided and/or endorsed by DCM (Poppulo, mail chimp, listservs, etc.) to electronically distribute newsletters and other forms of communication or engagement (surveys, invitations/mailings, application processes, document repositories, calendar events, etc.) Meet content deadlines based on production schedules from Dean's office

WEBSITE AND DIGITAL BILLBOARD MANAGEMENT: As assigned by the Dean and his team, serve as the College's web publisher. Assist the college and our departments in generating and publishing image, video, and written content to maintain fresh, engaging, and informative web pages and digital billboards. In coordination with the Dean and his team, create & manage the schedule for how often each web "page" is reviewed for accuracy & relevancy by implementing the plan outlined in web governance. As assigned by the Dean and his/her team, utilize tools provided and/or endorsed by DCM to update content on the web and conduct a regular review for broken links, misspellings, etc. As assigned by the Dean and his/her team, conduct reviews of website and digital billboard content to ensure it is updated appropriately.

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT: Receive and edit content from subject matter experts for publication via social media. As assigned by the Dean and his/her team, curate content for social channels to meet regular posting standards. Utilize tools provided and/or endorsed by DCM to update content on social media (Facebook, Linkedln, Twitter, lnstagram, Snapchat, etc.)

EVENT MANAGEMENT: Provide assistance in planning, organizing, and carrying out ceremonial and other college events throughout the year. Generate content to advertise and market events and to provide appropriate post-event coverage to appropriate constituencies.

OTHER DUTIES: Perform other duties as assigned..

Required Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in related field. A minimum of three years of direct related communication/marketing experience. Excellent organizational, prioritization skills. Must confidentiality, work independently and exercise sound judgement, High degree of professionalism, work well under pressure and manage deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications
Demonstrated excellence in writing for publication, marketing and branding, web design and maintenance. Experience in newsletter/magazine production. Skills in photography, videography, and visual design. Demonstrated ability to work independently, work well under pressure, and manage deadlines successfully.
Customer service, visual design, marketing, web design, event planning, and project management

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Working knowledge of databases, operating systems, and spreadsheets in computer software systems
Photography/Videography/Visual Design
Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, PremierePro) and Acrobat Pro
Proficiency with basic web editing/publishing tasks
Proficiency with common social media platforms

Creativity, branding, visual design sense, understanding UX, print design, familiarity with design software, HTML, CSS (cascading style sheets), typography, superior customer service skill, and project management
Basic skills in PowerPoint, Poppulo, Carousel, Camtasia, newsletter formatting tools, etc.
Skills in photography, videography, and visual design.

The communication strategist should be able to use standard software and other tools of the trade approved and endorsed by Communications and Marketing.
Ability to work independently, work well under pressure, and manage deadlines successfully.

Shift: Day Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
Salary: Minimum $38,913/annually - Midpoint $52,533/annually
Pay Grade: 15
Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of the selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position.

Recruitment Period: Until Filled

Augusta University offers a variety of benefits to full-time benefits-eligible employees and some of our half-time (or more) employees.

Benefits that may be elected could include health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, Teachers Retirement System (or Optional Retirement Plan), as well as earned vacation time, sick leave, and 13 paid holidays.

Also, our full-time employees who have been employed with us successfully for more than 6 months can be considered for the Tuition Assistance Program. Consider applying with us today!

Conditions of Employment
All selected candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.

All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during their employment and beyond.

Other Information
This position is also responsible for promoting a customer-friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner every day with patients and families for success."

Augusta University is a tobacco-free environment, and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

How To Apply
Consider applying with us today!

If you need further assistance, please contact us at 706-721-9365