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Communications Coordinator, IPM

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Communications Coordinator, IPM
Role Title: Public Relations & Marketing Manager I
Posting Number: SW0170781
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:

This position will serve as communications coordinator of the unit’s Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab program (IPM-IL), including all print communications and electronic communications. As the IPM-IL communications coordinator, you will work alongside the IPM team and the unit’s communication director to raise awareness of the program through online and offline channels. Specifically, you will:
• Ensure that program communications conform to donor branding and marking;
• Aligning program communication efforts with Virginia Tech’s public relations strategies and communication procedures;
• Identify and develop relationships with media personnel and program partners and agencies to promote IPM-IL objectives, services, outputs and events;
• Serve as the program media contact;
• Organize and oversee promotional events;
• Write, edit and publish website, blog, email newsletter and other communications content;
• Maintain program presence on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook;
• Consult and provide advice on graphic design; and
• Measure and report on the effectiveness of communications program activities.

This position will report to the Director of the IPM Innovation Lab and will work closely with the OIRED Communication’s Director, as well as the OIA communications team, to fulfill strategies and tactics to raise the profile of IPM-IL with the press, the public, program partners, the donors and the university community. Such tasks include editing reports; writing press releases and success stories; creating flyers, brochures, and posters; writing web content; managing social media; and creating PowerPoint presentations and re-purposing stories of broader public interest by revising and submitting them to VT News. Assist in proposal preparations, departmental project communications as requested, coordinate report preparation, assist in arranging meetings and conferences, travel to IPM Innovation Lab sites in foreign countries, take and prepare minutes of meetings, and likely interact with a wide array of foreign nationals.
The candidate will function as an integral member of the OIA communicator team, which meets monthly to coordinate communications work and meet the vice president’s goals outlined in the vice president’s communications plan.

Required Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism or related field and/or equivalent level of training and/or experience
• Writing and editing experience
• Experience such as preparing newsletters, press releases, and PowerPoint presentations
• Experience with Word and PowerPoint
• Ability to work in a fast-paced office with frequent short-notice deadlines
• Ability to plan and organize work independently and deliver products on schedule
• Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to interact comfortably and respectfully with all individuals in a diverse multicultural environment
• Ability to plan and organize work independently and deliver products on schedule

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience working with news media and newspapers
• Proficiency in computer-based document design and publication
• Web design, editing, and maintenance experience
• Experience with Dreamweaver
• Experience with social media
• Experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop
• Strong presentation skills
• Previous experience communicating complex subject matter to non-technical audiences.

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

Interested applicants should complete an online application at, posting #SW0170781. The review of applications will begin on 10-16-17, however applications may be considered until a candidate is hired.
For additional information about this position, please contact:
Muni Muniappan
OIRED,; 540-231-3516
Online application is required and the following supporting documents are also requested:
(1) Letter of Interest (cover letter).
(2) Resume.
(3) Names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of at least three professional references.
(TIP: Have these documents ready to attach at the time you submit your application; the system will not allow you to enter a second time for any position

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band: 4
Pay Range: Up to a maximum budgeted amount of $50,000
Department: OIRED - International Affairs
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F, 8-5
Posting Date: 09/26/2017
Review Begin Date: 10/16/2017
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.

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Required Documents

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