Title: Communications Coordinator
Category: Exempt, Regular
Department: Strategic Communications and Outreach
Benefits: 22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays, Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription
As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries serve more than 41,000 students and 14,000 faculty and staff of the flagship College Park campus. The Libraries’ extensive collections, programs, and services enable student success, support teaching, research, and creativity, and enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the community. A member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of Research Libraries, the UMD Libraries was honored with the 2020 Excellence in Academic Libraries award in the university category from the Association of College and Research Libraries.
The Communications Coordinator will elevate awareness of library services, programs, and initiatives among key audiences and stakeholders through strategic and creative use of communication and marketing channels. A member of the Strategic Communications & Outreach Team and working under the direction of the Director of Strategic Communications & Outreach, the Coordinator will work within the collaborative environment of the University of Maryland Libraries to advance communications goals. Responsibilities include working with internal programmers to set and measure marketing goals; overseeing the content strategy for Libraries’ social media accounts; hiring, training, and supervising student assistants; coordinating event-based outreach; and assisting the Director with production of regular and targeted email communication with stakeholders; copywriting for marketing materials and news stories; and maintaining website content.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or related field.
EXPERIENCE: At least 2 years of professional experience in communications.
- Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
- Strong knowledge of the principles and best practices of digital communications, social media, and marketing strategies.
- High level of quality control through reviewing, editing, and proofing work.
- Ability to manage multiple projects under the pressure of last-minute deadlines and changing priorities.
- Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with internal and external partners.
- Working knowledge of principles and practices of training and supervision.
- Experience supervising others.
- Event planning experience.
- Experience using a website content management system.
- Prior work experience in a higher education or library environment.
For the full position description and requirements, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions
An application consists of a cover letter, which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Additionally, please submit two samples of your work that demonstrate experience with a variety of strategic communications projects/campaigns for which you had primary responsibility. These should include at least one writing sample as well as multimedia such as websites, publications, social media, or video. You may submit these in pdf format with your resume and/or include links in your cover letter to work that is currently online.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. For best consideration, please apply by 08/03/2021
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.
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