Are you interested a rewarding opportunity to promote and celebrate research and creative discovery at the University of Iowa?
The Communications Manager, situated in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), supports the vast research enterprise at the University of Iowa, which includes administrative and compliance infrastructure, a public health laboratory, and a center for undergraduate research. By working with OVPR and its reporting units to develop and deploy impactful communications through various channels, including to an internal audience of researchers and scholars, this role supports the organization’s goals to partner with researchers to celebrate their successes at every stage and to ensure safety and compliance.
The role is responsible for writing and deploying communications via traditional and social media designed for various target audiences, including but not limited to: current UI faculty, staff, and students; media; and the general public. This role also manages high-profile events for the office.
A hybrid work schedule – a combination of remote and on-campus work – is allowable for this position. A remote work schedule may be considered.
For additional information and a detailed job description, please visit the departmental website at:
About the Office of the Vice President for Research
The conduct of research, scholarship, and creative activities is at the core of The University of Iowa’s multiple missions of education, research, service, and outreach to the state, region, nation, and beyond. Emphasis on discovery and dissemination of new knowledge and creation of new artistic works energizes the intellectual life of the campus, places a unique imprint on the education offered, and permits important contributions to fields as diverse as health care, the sciences, humanities, and the arts. The University has long been recognized as a leader in these fields, in interdisciplinary studies, and in the recognition of creative activities in awarding advanced degrees. The University of Iowa depends on a robust and creative enterprise, an essential mechanism of reaching its aspiration to be recognized among the ten most distinguished public research universities in the United States.
The Office of the Vice President for Research has as its goal the support and advancement of research, scholarship, and creative activity on our campus. Through a broad variety of activities and services, the Office of the Vice President for Research seeks to play an important role in the underpinning of these creative activities in the public and private sectors in our region.
Education or Equivalency Required
Master’s degree in strategic communications, public relations, marketing, or journalism, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, is required.
- Typically 3 years of communications and marketing experience.
- Proven ability to work on an effective communication plan to achieve organizational goals.
- Superb strategic planning, writing, editing and communication skills, as demonstrated through press releases and published stories. This will be demonstrated through three work samples, including at least two writing samples, submitted with the application.
- Knowledge of and demonstrated experience using social media strategically to reach key stakeholder audiences.
- Demonstrated commitment to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in communications and in the workplace.
- Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks while achieving a high degree of accuracy.
- Demonstrated experience planning and executing events, including implementing effective marketing tools to build audience.
- A commitment to fostering positive work relationships, while working transparently and collaboratively.
Highly Desirable Qualifications
- 5 years, or more, of communications and marketing experience, is highly desired.
- Knowledge of higher education issues in the public sector, including relations with state and federal governments, and other important external and internal constituencies and audiences.
- Demonstrated experience in designing and/or specifying market research to serve as a tool in strategic communications.
- Demonstrated experience working in a web content management system (CMS), knowledge about writing for the web, and experience implementing federal accessibility standards for digital communications.
- Demonstrated experience creating multimedia products.
Position and Application Details and Instructions:
Upload the following required documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:
- Cover Letter
- Three (3) work samples, including at least two writing samples (e.g. press releases, published stories, etc.).
Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and verification of academic credentials. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.
Contact: Sarah Tillman (email@example.com)
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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