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Department/Organization: 800110 - Student Life Communications
Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm
Job Summary: The Communications Specialist I works under immediate supervision with a department or area to craft communications and develop and implement plans, activities and tactics to support the goals of a specific department and/or college/division and the University. Knows fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of communications and public relations. This position does not supervise others.
Additional Department Summary: The Writer/Web Editor works under immediate supervision on the divisional communications team to tell the story of Student Life. Responsible for interviewing students, staff, and alumni and writing stories that showcase their successes, especially as they are influenced by the work of Student Life (for use on a variety of digital and print publications). Provides strategic recommendations for web content layout and work with departments to enhance their web presence through clear, concise and intentional web content. This position does not supervise others. Responsible for completing required training and promoting a safe, hospitable, and respectful workplace.
Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and one (1) year experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, or communications; OR master's degree. Student or Graduate Assistant, Intern, or student-oriented experience will be considered. To be considered student experience, it must be detailed in the employment section on the application.
Additional Required Department Minimum Qualifications: Two (2) writing samples that display competence in storytelling and a strong understanding of English grammar.
Skills and Knowledge: Knows fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of communications, public relations, web. Excellent written communication skills. 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 project planning and execution. Demonstrated commitment to expand multicultural knowledge, awareness, and skills as evidenced through: demonstrating self awareness; understanding and valuing others; demonstrating knowledge of social inequalities; interacting effectively with a diversity of people; fostering equity and inclusion.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience writing feature stories. Experience with WordPress editor.
Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. 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 or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags 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 or volunteer status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants 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
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