Senior Communications Specialist
Senior Communications Specialist
Position Number: 104896 Full-Time, Regular Exempt
The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is seeking a well-qualified Senior Communications Specialist to join the team in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. One of 13 schools and colleges located on the University of Maryland, College Park campus, the Smith School is a recognized leader in management research and education for the global economy. The school is consistently ranked among the world’s top business schools by leading business publications such as Business Week, Financial Times, Economist and the Wall Street Journal.
The Senior Communications Specialist manages publication of a weekly newsletter, develops advanced editorial content related to complex topics, supports media relations activities, participates in marketing and events planning, and provides other services to support the Marketing Communications team at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Incumbent should be able to translate complex research topics into engaging language and craft research stories that capture the media’s attention. The ideal candidate can cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with faculty, has extensive media contacts and a track record of successfully pitching stories to Tier-1 media. In addition to being an excellent writer and communicator, this person must be a stellar project manager, working to set the editorial calendar and produce multi-media content for a weekly e-newsletter. This position requires someone who can work with deadlines, self-manage many competing priorities and show excellent judgment in creating content that positions Smith School faculty as thought leaders.
Bachelor’s degree in English (or related field) plus a minimum of 7 years of professional experience writing for traditional or new media. Exceptional writing skills. Able to produce clean, compelling, jargon-free copy; translate complex concepts for a wide audience; identify trends and generate story ideas. Impeccable grammar; attention to detail. Excellent interpersonal skills; able to build mutually beneficial working relationships with faculty. Team player; self-starter; enjoys working with diverse team. Excellent organizational skills; able to work on multiple projects with minimal supervision, meeting deadlines in a high-volume, fast-paced environment. Familiarity with social media. Adept at using social media to promote content. Preferences: 10+ years of experience preferred. Experience in business and higher education preferred.
The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience. The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.
When applying, please upload a PDF version of your cover letter, resume and list of references. For best consideration, please submit applications no later than May 20, 2022 at https://ejobs.umd.edu; however, the position will remain open until filled.
Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No H1-B Visa sponsorship offered for this position.
For more information about the University of Maryland, please visit www.maryland.edu.
For information about the Robert H. Smith School of Business, visit our Web site at www.rhsmith.umd.edu.
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions