Communications Manager

05 Jul, 2021


Communications Manager

Virginia Tech University
Blacksburg, VA

Reporting to the Director of Communications and Marketing for the College of Engineering, the Communications Manager will plan, execute, and evaluate a variety of communications initiatives, projects, and platforms that strategically align with the broader advancement (development, alumni relations, communications) and recruitment goals of the college and university. This individual’s scope of work will span three departments: Chemical Engineering, Mining and Minerals Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. The manager will develop an annual work plan in consultation with the college and three departments and is evaluated against the success of that plan.
The Communications Manager must have a strong background in writing and editing as well as demonstrated experience in several communications skill sets. These skill sets may include writing for a variety of platforms and occasions, enrollment marketing, social media management, website development and maintenance, videography and photography, media relations, and/or graphic design. The manager should also be able to navigate multiple and competing priorities in a dynamic environment. This individual is a member of the college’s communications team and will work closely with each department’s leadership team.
Specific work responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, producing newsletters, email communications, and stories that highlight department activities; participating in student and faculty recruitment activities; managing department social media accounts, websites, and other digital and print forms of communication; and capturing or coordinating visual assets through photography and videography.
Working within the advancement model, this individual’s efforts must be strategically aligned to support the goals and priorities of the departments, college, and broader university. The Communications Manager must follow established brand guidelines, university policies and procedures, and accessibility standards.

Required Qualifications

•Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or related field.
•Strong written communication skills, including editing and copywriting.
•Experience working with communication platforms in a professional setting.
•Experience meeting deadlines and navigating multiple projects simultaneously.
•Strong organizational/interpersonal skills and the ability to thrive in a team setting.
•Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, and travel periodically as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

•Familiarity with digital content strategy and management, including content management systems and other web platforms as well as professional/organizational social media management.
•Experience with visual communication mediums, such as photography, videography, and/or graphic design.
•Experience in a higher education, independent school, or non-profit environment.

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Job posted: 2021-07-05