Tuscaloosa, Alabama, The Communications Specialist for the department of University Recreation is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing a comprehensive communication plan, including social media, public relations, graphic design, website management, and/or circulation. This includes developing and implementing strategies to engage students and other stakeholders, based on departmental needs and goals.
This position offers opportunities for creativity and innovation in the development of strategies to promote the programs, services, and facilities of University Recreation. Responsibilities include communication management for University Recreation events and services, in compliance with Strategic Communications and Student Life Divisional Communications. Responsible for the oversight of design and distribution of information to update members and staff about available services and program offerings. Other responsibilities include coordinating with Student Life Communications to manage the creation of promotional materials for University Recreation. Will be responsible for creating short-term and long-term strategic promotion plans for each area of the department. Develops and coordinates all UREC-specific presentations for Bama Bound Orientation, University Days, and Transfer Days. Designs and presents UREC-specific presentations for campus partners (i.e. HRC, FYE, Parent Programs, etc.). Provides program management and oversight of student staff with specialized skills, and assists the Director of Communications for the Division of Student Life in support of divisional communication efforts.
Normal Work Schedule:  Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm; some evenings & weekends required
Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction before a hiring decision is made.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. “EEO is the Law” Poster
Method of Application: Visit UA’s employment website at http://jobs.ua.edu for more information and to apply. The University of Alabama is an equal-opportunity employer (EOE), including an EOE of protected vets and individuals with disabilities.
Excellent benefits, vacation, and holidays. For more information visit http://hr.ua.edu/
Application Deadline: 24 July 2021 10:55 p.m. Central Daylight Time Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and one (1) year experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, or communications; OR Master’s degree Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, English, Marketing, or Advertising. Six (6) months social media content management and graphic design experience. A portfolio that displays competence in all areas of design and publication preparation for print and electronic production is required. Related student or Graduate Assistant, Intern, or student oriented experience will be considered if detailed in the employment section on the application. Must have valid U.S. driver’s license. Must be at least 21 years of age at time of hire and have an acceptable Motor Vehicle Report as determined by the insurance carrier.
Skills and Knowledge: Demonstrated working knowledge of graphic design programs including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Ability to work with others in a team environment. Excellent project management and time management skills to handle the volume and variety of projects at the pace each project requires. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines. Ability to write for diverse audiences and communication channels. Demonstrated initiative and creativity in promotional and design efforts.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience supervising and managing interns and/or student workers. Experience managing social media for departments at a college or university. Experience in photography and videography. Experience in web design, specifically the WordPress website platform. Experience in web space management. Demonstrated communications, project management, and writing/proofing/editing experience. Demonstrated knowledge of AP style, social media presence and understanding, and content management of social media accounts.

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