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Communications & Events Manager

University of Washington
Wallingford, Washington
Closing date
Aug 26, 2021

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As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. The Department of Global Health was established in 2007, bridging the schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise and interdisciplinary power of all UW schools and colleges. Our mission is to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service; to understand and address the causes of disease and health inequities at multiple levels; and to collaborate with partners to develop and sustain locally-led, quality health systems, programs and policies. Driven by tremendous interest among both students and faculty, the Department has grown explosively to more than 400 graduate students and hundreds more undergraduates. We have more than 380 faculty and 1,000 staff working on projects across 130 countries with our deepest ties in United States, Kenya, Uganda, Peru, Mozambique, India, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua. The Department of Global Health has an outstanding opportunity for a Communications & Events Manager. At the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. The Department recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity. The Department encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff, faculty and students including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability and age. The Department strives to become a local, national, and international leader in developing and maintaining increased representation and recognition of each of these dimensions of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. Establishes long range goals, objectives, and strategies and assumes a leadership role in initiating and implementing DGH programs in marketing and communication, events, alumni, and the intranet. Market news stories to the media (with UW News and UW Medicine news teams) with the goal of gaining the widest possible favorable exposure for the University. Manage the strategic development and implementation of goals and outcomes of the Department of Global Health (DGH) communications and events (internal and external) strategy, alumni strategy, and intranet. Primary responsibility for Department: * communication and events decision-making, including planning and directing the development and communication of information designed to keep the public informed of the Department's programs, accomplishments, and point of view, and information designed for internal DGH audiences, including the DGH intranet. * alumni strategy, including planning and directing alumni communication channels and tools, and activities. DGH bridges the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and this position works regularly with both Schools. In addition, DGH is a model for interdisciplinary partnerships and works across campus, including with the Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, Business, Law, Engineering; the College of Built Environments; the College of the Environment; and the Departments of Anthropology, Bioengineering, Communication, and Epidemiology. This position thus works across campus - and with the wider global health community beyond UW - to build awareness and support for the Department of Global Health, including communicating achievements of its 26 affiliated Centers/Programs/Initiatives, faculty, staff, and students and leveraging communications to contribute toward DGH's mission to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service. RESPONSIBILITIES: Strategy and planning: * This position works independently and has primary decision-making authority for guiding and directing the Department's communication and events strategy and messaging, DGH's intranet, and DGH's alumni program; and primary responsibility for DGH's communication impacts. * Develop, revise and update strategy (including evaluation metrics) and work plans for communications, events, alumni engagement and the DGH intranet to align with the strategic goals of the Department and ensure smooth implementation and monitoring/ evaluation of the events strategy and work plan. * Serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for DGH, the University of Washington and the UW brand, and provide support for others to incorporate UW branding into their communications. * Partner with Communication Director of the School of Public Health and UW Medicine Media Relations and strategic communications teams to confirm information and elevate global health stories, news, and other information. * Participate in regular meetings of external partner organizations Supervision: * Provide direction, supervision, and oversight to communications staff, student assistant and consultants for DGH communications, events, alumni program and intranet. * Review and provide guidance to communications staff regarding social media priorities and content, and development and upkeep of the photo database. * Collaborate with communications staff, faculty, and DGH staff to * identify strategic events highlighting DGH priority areas; * communicate alumni opportunities and develop activities; * identify and disseminate news stories and profiles highlighting the breadth and depth of the Department's various research areas; * identify strategic priority channels and tools to promote internal communications - including intranet and newsletters. Content development and dissemination: * Lead efforts to effectively and efficiently collect and disseminate key communications within and beyond the department. * Work closely with the Web Specialist and Academic Program staff to ensure the website is meeting the needs of prospective students, current students, and other audiences. * Monitor and manage website and faculty databases, and communicate any issues or bugs to the web specialist. * Work with Advancement staff to provide content for donor-related materials. * Prepare, finalize, review, approve and disseminate the DGH annual report and other materials (fact sheets, flyers, ads, etc.), incorporating feedback from leadership and in partnership with a graphic designer. * Further develop the format, and review and provide edits for e-newsletters aimed at various audiences. Department communications: * Work with the Director of Finance and Administration to ensure internal communications and other Departmental needs are addressed, including intranet development and implementation. * Draft communications for the Chair and others including talking points and letters. * Provide guidance and support for any high concern communications using established guidelines, procedures. * Build relationships with 26 affiliated DGH programs and centers to elevate their achievements and news. * Provide resources and support to program staff regarding websites, design, printed materials, university resources, and Department standards. Events - Strategic Management: * Identify and oversee strategic, high-quality DGH events and evaluate according to strategy metrics. Alumni Program Strategic Management: * Lead efforts to increase alumni participation in two focus areas - opportunities for current DGH students and participation in Husky Giving - and evaluate according to strategy metrics. * Oversee alumni-related events, channels and databases REQUIREMENTS: * Bachelor's Degree in communications, journalism, international relations/development, or related field. * 4-5 years of related communications and management experience, with strong experience in developing and implementing communication strategies on social issues aimed at various target audiences. Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. DESIRED EXPERIENCE * Master's Degree in communications, journalism, international relations/development, or related field. * Experience working in global health communication, including marketing and outreach, advocacy, and communication capacity development, both in the U.S. and internationally. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: * Periodically available for phone calls/meetings in the early morning and late evenings to accommodate worldwide time differences * Deadline-driven environment, occasionally requiring extended hours Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed. Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law. Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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