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Communications Associate

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Communications Associate
Role Title: Media Specialist III
Posting Number: SW0170314
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute seeks a Communications Associate to be a key member of a communications team supporting the growing needs of the research institute and the Health Sciences and Technology campus. Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications Associate will provide photography, videography, production, editorial, and administrative support in the areas of marketing, publications, publicity, events, social media, and web communications. Specific areas of responsibility include production of creative services deliverables, and continuous advancement of media relations, design and technology skills. Additionally, the incumbent will:
1. Serve as chief photographer for the research institute. Provide professional-quality photography and photographic editing, create photo galleries, schedule photo shoots, conduct photo research, collect photo releases, maintain photo library.
2. Produce branded video and multimedia stories. Coordinate with VTC AV Coordinator and University Relations and Carilion Clinic multimedia teams to build and maintain video library.
3. Contribute to the development and production of the VTC website and social media presence, drafting online-exclusive material, entering images and text in the content management system, and participating in the website redesign.
4. Serve as a video production resource for VTRCI programs such as TBMH and collaborate with University Relations photographers and videographers on university-wide news and philanthropy projects.
5. Facilitate and conduct interviews with research scholars, as well as produce video journalism for local TV and radio stations representing VTCRI discovery and scientific accomplishments. Conduct media training for VTCRI faculty and students.

The position also supports various projects and the incumbent is expected to be innovative, apply creative thinking, and capitalize on opportunities for process improvement and enhancement of business operation. Other duties may be assigned based on business needs. The role requires professional judgment in a demanding, fast-paced environment.

If you’re a highly motivated professional who enjoys challenges and prefers to be part of entrepreneurial and leading-edge research environment, has creativity, time management and technical skills, then don’t miss out on this opportunity to join our team as a Communications Associate.

Required Qualifications:

1. Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
2. Considerable knowledge of digital photography, advanced photographic techniques, and professional quality standards.
3. Prior communications experience, especially in photography and production.
4. Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and independently, to work under tight deadlines, and to assume responsibility for accurate completion of assignments.
5. Excellent communications, interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills.
6. Demonstrated facility with computers, and understanding of web development tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite software, especially InDesign, Photoshop, and Adobe Premiere Pro.
2. Knowledge of standard office suite software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

For a complete listing of position qualifications, and to apply, please visit Review of applications will begin on April 28, 2017, and it will continue until the position is filled.

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band: 4
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: VT Carilion Research Institute
Work Location: Other - Virginia
Location, if not Blacksburg: Roanoke, VA
Location Zip Code: 24016
Work Schedule: M-F 8-5
Posting Date: 04/21/2017
Review Begin Date: 04/28/2017
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Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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