COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
University of Washington - Seattle, WA

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  • Stroum Jewish Studies Program
Jackson School of International Studies

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) combines the social sciences, humanities, and professional fields to enhance our understanding of our increasingly interconnected globe. JSIS offers seven undergraduate majors, 14 minors, and nine interdisciplinary MA degrees, and is the home of eight Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers. JSIS is a department in the Social Sciences Division of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Stroum Jewish Studies Program (SJSP), a program in JSIS, has an outstanding opportunity for an experienced professional to serve as its Communications Coordinator. The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for the SJSP’s outreach and marketing to the UW campus community, local community organizations, and the broader public through print and digital communications.

Over the past forty years, the SJSP has earned a reputation as one of the leading Jewish Studies programs in the country. The program:

  • Reaches over 1,000 students each year through dozens of courses that explore the richness and creativity of Jewish cultures across time and around the world.
  • Promotes innovative scholarship by creating interdisciplinary opportunities for faculty members from around the university to examine Jewish life in its cultural, intellectual, religious and global contexts
  • Contributes to the vitality of the broader community through innovative public programing, partnerships with communal institutions, and a variety of outreach initiatives, including a newly launched blog, JewDub.org.
The Communications Coordinator is a half-time position (20 hours/week) reporting to the Assistant Director of the SJSP. The primary duties and responsibilities of the Communications The Communications Coordinator is a half-time position (20 hours/week) reporting to the Assistant Director of the SJSP. The primary duties and responsibilities of the Communications Coordinator include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing, Editing, and Content Management
o Ongoing writing of various email, web, and print communications, such as annual newsletter, event notices, blog content, course marketing, and letters to community supporters

o Edit content produced by students, faculty, and community contributors to the Jewish Studies blog and newsletters

o Manage content for Jewish Studies blog (JewDub.org) to ensure consistent and coherent web presence

o Manage promotion of SJSP content through social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube

o Attend occasional events on evenings and weekends to write and report on SJSP activities.

  • Coordination and Supervision of Communications Initiatives
o Independently plan and coordinate yearly calendar of email, web, and print communication for events, donor cultivation and stewardship, and student engagement and develop work plans for their successful implementation

o Supervise student employees and interns working on communications initiatives

o Coordinate and manage the Jewish Studies blog’s Editorial Council, working with council members to shape blog content and solicit blog post submissions

  • Strategic Communications Planning
o Develop, implement, and evaluate communications strategy to effectively engage students, faculty, and the broader public

o Ensure that the SJSP communications strategy is implemented in a timely manner, monitoring yearly, quarterly, and monthly objectives

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Jewish Studies, or related field, with a minimum of two years' experience in communications, marketing, and community outreach.
  • Knowledge of the local and national Jewish communal landscape.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated creativity, organizational ability, and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, and handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively.
  • Familiarity with blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with desktop publishing and photo editing/graphic design software.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Desired:
  • Master’s degree in communications, Jewish Studies, or other relevant field.
  • Experience working in a university setting.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, html and web editing software.
Condition of Employment:
  • Must have flexible schedule to allow attendance at SJSP-sponsored events on occasional evenings and weekends.
NOTE: JSIS regrets that it is unable to provide relocation assistance for staff positions.

A satisfactory outcome from criminal background verification is required prior to hire.

Application Process

Part of the application process for this position includes completing an online cover letter assessment, as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessment(s) will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability , and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu .

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