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Communications Coordiantor

University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS Full time
Posted on January 4, 2018

University of Kansas

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - University Honors Program

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Title: Communications Coordinator


Position Overview:

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for the consistency of communications and messaging across the University Honors Program’s stakeholders, including incoming students, current students, faculty, mentors and advisors, and the public. This position, with oversight authority from the Director of Advancement, manages the program’s communications media (e.g., website, social media, press releases, and print materials) and frequently collaborates with other staff to coordinate a program-wide communications schedule. This position is responsible for connecting students to Honors resources (including Honors events) and introducing other stakeholders (on- and off-campus) with our students’ accomplishments.


Job Description:

80% Communications & Visibility:


·         Direct involvement with the daily maintenance of electronic media:

o   develops, maintains, and uploads informational materials and copy as needed to the website

o   develops content for, produces, and distributes electronically the Honors Program newsletter for students, faculty/staff, and alumni. 

o   establishes and maintains an active social media presence and voice through social media postings and updates, including information on Honors events (Facebook, Twitter, etc.); and,

o   authors press releases.

·         Develops and directly implements a plan for communications and visibility for the Honors program, to include building and maintaining media connections. The incumbent is expected to learn and maintain a comprehensive knowledge of university-wide communications and marketing policies and guidelines. 

·         Responsible for improving internal and external communications in order to: a) engage students and alumni; b) foster the Honors brand; c) encourage and enhance student participation; and, d) increase the visibility of our students’ many and varied accomplishments. 

·         Coordinates with staff on directed communications for advising (including summer orientation).



20% Other:


·         Participates in University Honors Program events.

·         Engages in College/University service activities as appropriate.

·         Other duties as assigned by Director.



Required Qualifications:

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume and portfolio, and (3) information provided from professional references:


1.    Bachelor's degree in a relevant field with three years of experience in publications work; or, a master’s degree, plus a minimum of one year related experience.

2.    Demonstrated experience working with InDesign and either Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.

3.    Demonstrated experience creating and disseminating digital and print communications materials.

4.    Demonstrated experience prioritizing multiple projects.

5.    Excellent written communication skills, as demonstrated in application materials.



Preferred Qualifications:

1.    Master’s degree.

2.    Prior professional experience in coordinating media communications. 

3.    Proven time management skills as evidenced by work history.

4.    Professional work experience in communications/public relations. 

5.    Experience working successfully both within a team-oriented environment and independently.

6.    Evidence of ability to take the initiative and be strongly driven for success.

7.    Experience working with Drupal, Mail Chimp, Qualtrics, Facebook (paid ads), Twitter, Instagram and Google tagging.

8.    Demonstrated work experience in a position with editing duties.

9.    Prior work experience in higher education.



Contact Information:

Kelly Sartorius




Work Schedule:

Part time, 20 hours per week


Salary Range:



Additional Candidate Instructions:

A complete online application includes the following materials:  cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications of the position, resume, the names and contact information for three professional references, and examples of sample work projects (either a web address link to work or upload sample materials) in media and communications work.


Complete the online application at:  and include the required documents.


Please apply on or before 01/20/2018.  Application review begins on 01/21/2018.