Public Information Representative 1
University of Oregon - Eugene, OR

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Location: Eugene
o The University of Oregon College of Education invites applications for a full-time Web Communications Specialist (Public Information Representative 1). Some assignments may take place outside regular working hours during evenings or weekends.

o This is a classified position represented by SEIU local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union.

o University of Oregon positions that are at least half-time are eligible for excellent benefits, including health and dental, employer-paid retirement, and tuition benefits for employee or an eligible dependent, sick and vacation leave.

o Due to budgetary shortfalls, the person appointed to this position may be required to take unpaid furlough days between date of hire and June 30, 2013.

o This recruitment is open to any applicant who meets the qualifications listed below. TO QUALIFY YOU MUST HAVE:
... Three years experience writing/producing content for print and the Web, and/or presenting information to the public. Bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations, marketing, communication, or closely related field from an accredited college or university.

Required qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability to write, edit, and create content for print and Web publications using formal style rules (e.g. AP, Chicago).
  • Working knowledge of Internet and social media technologies as well as print, Web, and other media accessibility requirements.
  • Proficiency with design, layout, and graphics software applications and operational understanding of Web publishing languages (HTML, XHTML, CSS).
  • Experience with shooting, editing, and producing digital multimedia content, and a high degree of technological savvy.
  • Experience with content strategy, information architecture, and usability testing, using focus groups and analytics.
  • Experience with Drupal CMS, WordPress, and/or similar content management systems.
  • Ability to manage time and projects in an efficient manner and work in an environment of constantly shifting priorities.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and high-functioning organizational skills and working in a team setting.
Prefer candidates with bachelor's degree, preferable in Journalism, Communications, Marketing, or related area.

Position is subject to criminal background check.

Reporting to the Director of Marketing, this position provides website content coordination and strategy, website layout and editing, website training, content creation, and marketing/communications support for the College of Education (COE). Duties include:

... developing, maintaining, coordinating, and refining effective multimedia content for various COE websites; consulting with administrators, faculty, and staff to understand the purpose and audience of Web content and media; providing training and first tier user support for content management systems supported by the COE; maintaining consistent standards established by the University's grammar, style, and Web guidelines.

... producing and/or assisting with the production of effective content including blogs, streaming video/audio, Web pages, and additional materials; managing projects, including coordination on Web page production and website planning; auditing Web presence and messages for consistency; collaborating with information technology and Web developers; assisting with scheduling photographers and other external providers; assisting with digital asset management and archival; assisting with usability testing or marketing research using surveys, focus groups, and analytics.

... writing and providing draft material for web pages, reports, presentation materials, e-mail messages, printed pieces, social media, and documentation; providing editing and proofing for materials prior to content's publication; assisting with photography and or video recording.

... assisting in support of the College of Education by researching subjects for administrative, academic, research and outreach units; assisting the Director of Marketing with matters related to media design and websites.

To assist us in making the selection for this position, please respond to the following questions on a separate sheet(s) of paper. Please limit your responses to no more than one page per questions. Number your responses to correspond to the questions and describe experience and training related to each question. Make sure that any experience or training described in your responses is included on your application.

1. Describe your writing experience and process, particularly as it relates to journalistic writing, writing for the Web or marketing communications. Provide examples of how you develop stories or have worked with clients to improve how they present themselves through the written word.

2. Discuss the role you feel marketing and communications should play in an organization, particularly in a higher-education environment. How does the function add value? What do you see as areas of opportunity?

3. Look through the College of Education's newly revamped website,, putting yourself in the shoes of different constituents (e.g. prospective students, donors, community members, etc.), and give a brief appraisal of its content and overall impact. What's missing or problematic? What works well and doesn't work? What changes (in general) would you make?

Please submit the following materials in addition to the Human Resources job application form and supplemental questions. The supplemental questions and job application form must be submitted to Human Resources. Electronic submissions of other required materials are appreciated; e-mail to or call 541-346-1392.

  • Cover letter that describes your experience and skills including experience in handling multiple projects with varying deadlines.
  • Resume.
  • Three to six work samples, including at least two writing samples (400-800 words).
  • Examples of other work could include website content, video/multimedia, complex spreadsheets, e-newsletters, and the like; hyperlinks to samples or a portfolio are fine.
  • Submit all printable sample materials in a contiguous PDF file, and resume/references in another PDF file.

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