Communications Specialist

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Jun 18, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Full Time
Communications Specialist, College of Engineering and Computing

The George Mason University Office of Communications, within the College of Engineering and Computing, is looking for a highly motivated, well-organized Communications Specialist to support its mission and to also support the Break Through Tech (BTT) initiative. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Position: The Communications Specialist will be a supporting member of the Office of Communications and the Break Through Tech (BTT) team. This position will be responsible for developing a steady stream of compelling editorial content, on-message, and on-deadline, for a wide range of digital, print, and social channels, as assigned by the Director of Communications and External Relations. This involves generating (researching and writing) original content; commissioning and editing content from others (practitioners, members, staff, and students); and shaping and redeveloping content packages to be used on multiple channels.

George Mason University received a grant from Break Through Tech to propel more students who identify as women and non-binary into tech education-and ultimately tech careers-through curriculum innovation, career access, and community building. More information on BTT's initiative can be found at The position will work with both the College of Engineering and Computing's communications team and the BTT team.

Responsibilities: * Produce factual, persuasive, creative and timely visual and written content that motivates and inspires target audiences; * Conduct research independently on a variety of issues; * Conduct interviews with participants and stakeholders as necessary; * Possess a strong ability to edit, multitask, and prioritize tasks; * Exercise sound and independent judgment; * Highly organized and self-motivated; * Detail-oriented with the ability to communicate professionally and effectively with clients and other constituencies using strong oral and written communications skills; * Independent travel; * Flexible schedule needed, which could include nights and weekend.

Required Qualifications: * Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism, Communications; or equivalent combination of education and experience working in an office environment; * Good understanding of customer service philosophies; * Excellent oral and written communication skills; * Demonstrated computer skills; * Proficiency in Microsoft Office; * Proficiency in video editing; * Strong editing and multitasking skills; * At least one year of demonstrated experience writing and creating content for websites and social media distribution; * At least one year of demonstrated experience with content management systems, Google Analytics, and search engine optimization; * Ability to work independently and as a team member; * Commitment to working with diverse student and community populations; * Experience with social media best practices/trends, (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/LinkedIn), and social media management tools (Hootsuite); * Experience handling multiple simultaneous projects with short turnaround time and completing them accurately; * Familiarity with AP style.

Preferred Qualifications: * Strong knowledge of collaboration tools (Teams, Slack, Google), * Proficiency in other communication and office software; * Experience with Photoshop or other photo editing software.

Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here The College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and (effective June 1, 2021) a new School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. It boasts more than 8,600 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 250 full-time faculty who comprise the School, 90 are tenured, 50 are tenure-track, 85 are instructional faculty, and 25 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $60 million in sponsored research awards last year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its research in many leading areas including artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The School highly encourages multidisciplinary research and provides faculty with opportunities to work with other disciplines.

George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 38,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason is located in the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country and has an outstanding local public school system.

In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing, and George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot Digital InnovAtion Building. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate Mason's already leading national position in computing and related areas.

"For full consideration, applicants must complete the online application at for position number 03079z; and attach a cover letter, resume, two writing samples (as Other Doc), and a list of three professional references with contact information. Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by June 7, 2021; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled."

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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