Communications Specialist

Lincoln, NE

Full Job Description

The primary focus of this position is developing and editing communication materials and media that complement program delivery for the Department of Animal Science. Support websites at the University of Nebraska related to Animal Science. Assist with content capture and input into the content management system. Includes written materials and articles: Format, review, edit, and post. Webinars: set up, record, edit, and post on website. Videos: edit and post of website. Learning modules: assist in the design, edit, and post on the website. Newsletters: create, assist with design, edit, and post of the website. News: Write news stories and press releases, be press point of contact. Calendar of events: develop and post on the website. Develop new, review, and edit current web content. Edit and update new web links. Search engine optimization. Meta-tag web content. Design webpages and create visually stimulating and responsive web content and experience. Facilitate research, teaching, and extension program delivery: Work with the team to: i) make local arrangements to deliver programs, ii) create promotional materials such as brochures, news releases, iii) arrange/set-up technology to record or deliver programs, iv) organize hand-out materials for programs. An example would be proceedings for an educational program. Assist extension faculty in delivering surveys to evaluate impact of extension programming using electronic methods. Use social media and learn new social media opportunities to effectively communicate with clientele.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The university fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See: http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Minimum Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, communication, journalism, public relations or closely related field plus two years of experience in natural resources, communication/outreach, media relations, public relations and/or communications. Experience participating in and coordinating team-based communication efforts. Demonstrative knowledge of social media platforms and latest trends. Technical knowledge of producing web content.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in natural resources, communication, journalism, public relations or closely related field. Four years of experience in natural resources, communication/outreach, media relations, public relations and/or communications. Experience creating and publishing newsletters and other print materials and digital content. Experience with photography and photo editing. Experience with editing videos. Experience with podcasts and social media. Experience in media relations and community engagement. Experience with website layout and design. Experience working with a wide range of natural resource and administrative professionals. Demonstrated experience utilizing desktop publishing software and a content management system. Working knowledge of HTML and CSS. Strong knowledge of website best practices, web accessibility, SEO, and Google analytics. Proficiency in: AP and APA style writing; writing news stories and press releases; and proofreading and editing copy. Demonstrated knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign. Ability to write and present information to a varied audience including natural resource professionals, stakeholders, elected officials and the general public.

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