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Communications Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Communications Specialist
Role Title: Public Relations & Marketing Specialist II
Posting Number: SW0170936
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:

Reporting to the Honors College Executive Director, the Communications Specialist is responsible for carrying forward the mission and effectively conveying the vision of the Honors College. This position will coordinate the College’s social media activities, manage webpage content, oversee e-mail communications, update and maintain honors forms, and oversee communication with external partners. This position also supports the writing and distribution of marketing materials for various web and print publications.

Required Qualifications:

- Communications experience in a professional or higher education setting
- Strong computer skills such as word processing, desktop publishing, email, and social media
- Experience with software such as MS Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
- Excellent communication, organizational and time management skills
- Must have good quality control and proofreading skills and strong attention to detail
- Ability to act as a liaison for the College, making decisions that both support the mission and inform the community
- Ability to create an effective communication strategy with a varied user base (e.g. parents, prospective and current students, donors, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree in Communications, English, or closely related business field or equivalent training and/or experience
- Experience coordinating social media accounts
- Marketing experience and knowledge of university branding and style compliance
- Experience working with SharePoint
- Experience with website updates and maintenance
- Experience overseeing organization e-mail accounts

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

To apply, applicants must complete the online application at www.jobs.vt.edu, posting #SW0170936, and submit a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references as an attachment to the application. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2017.

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Regular
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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: 3
Pay Range: Commensurate with experience - up to a budget maximum of 35,000
Department: University Honors Program
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am - 5pm
Posting Date: 11/29/2017
Review Begin Date: 12/15/2017
Job Close Date:
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.

Quick Link: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/81911

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you first learn about this job opening?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - online
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - print
    • Higher Ed Jobs (www.higheredjobs.com)
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium - HERC (www.hercjobs.org)
    • Diverse Jobs (www.diversejobs.net)
    • Insight Into Diversity (www.careers.insightintodiversity.com)
    • Indeed (www.indeed.com)
    • Roanoke Times Online (www.jobs.roanoke.com)
    • Commonwealth of Virginia Jobs (www.jobs.virginia.gov)
    • Virginia Tech job site (www.jobs.vt.edu)
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Job Fair (please describe below)
    • Journal (please describe below)
    • Listserv (please describe below)
    • Newspaper - print (please describe below)
    • Professional Conference (please describe below)
    • From a friend/acquaintance not associated with Virginia Tech (please name below)
    • From a Virginia Tech employee/representative/recruiter (please name below)
    • Veteran related event/site (please describe below)
    • Virginia Employment Commission - VEC
    • Other Virginia Tech affiliated website (please describe below)
    • Other job board such as Simply Hired, Career Builder, etc. (please describe below)
    • Other - Not listed (please describe below)
  2. Please describe recruiting source identified in previous question (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only).
    • Yes
    • No

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents