Communication, Events and Alumni Relations Coordinator

Job no: 502559
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Journalism
Union: PSU
Categories: Administrative/Office Support

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Manage and produce print, web and social media communication leading to the advancement of the strategic goals of the department. Responsible for implementing a wide variety of student and alumni events and developing Alumni Relations.

Essential Functions

  • Manage the content of the department s website. Responsible for the ongoing development and upkeep of the website with fresh and timely content.
  • Develop and write feature ideas and content. Research and select story concepts and communicate with the parties involved to arrange for interviews. Write feature stories and news items for the web, including selecting photos and/or videos. Write, design, edit, produce and distribute electronic newsletters and other informational communication for current and prospective students and alumni.
  • Manage the department s online presence and promote the department in social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest. Share department news and events with college Communications staff, and collaborate with College staff as needed. Create and maintain public calendar of department events, and other public events that benefit department faculty, staff and students.
  • Oversee the creation of print promotional materials for student recruitment, program development, alumni development, and other purposes that advance the department s strategic goals.
  • Plan, develop and implement department events and activities in collaboration with the Chair that align with the strategic goals of the department for recruitment and retention of students, and alumni development. Direct or assist with a wide variety of on-site and occasional off-site events, including events for students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and other external constituents.
  • Manage the department Alumni Advisory Board to ensure maximum fundraising potential. Collaborate with the Chair to organize meeting agendas and faculty presentations, prepare materials, schedule arrangements and perform follow-up tasks. Collaborate with the College development staff to engage alumni who offer internship opportunities. Coordinate with the department Internship Advisor to procure and develop alumni internship opportunities.
  • Manage special projects as directed by the chair.
  • Other Functions

    • Perform related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division and University goals and objectives.
    • Understand responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery and other compliance requirements.
    • Demonstrate capacity, skill and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.
    • Understand responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behave in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.
    • Contribute toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
    • Understand and contribute to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
    • Use access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercise care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.

    Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor's degree (preferably in Marketing, Journalism, or Communications).
  • Excellent writing, editing, verbal and interpersonal skills, including the ability to quickly develop and sustain productive relationships with a variety of internal and external constituents.
  • Excellent managerial, negotiation and project management skills.
  • High-level attention to detail with the ability to multi-task, organize, and prioritize while maintaining high standards of accuracy and quality.
  • Understanding of best practices in existing technologies and the potential of new technologies to advance goals of the position.
  • Knowledge of and experience in current media technology, including desktop publishing, web maintenance, social media, video/photography and a willingness to learn new media technologies as they emerge.
  • Capability to work successfully with diverse populations.
  • Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Experience managing events.
  • Experience with Drupal, basic HTML and CSS coding, Adobe Photoshop, video production and video editing in Premiere or Final Cut.
  • Physical Demands/Working Conditions

    Typical office environment.

    Work Schedule

    • Monday - Friday 8:30 am 5:00 pm.
    • This is a 43 week position.
    • On rare occasions, may be required to work nights or weekends.

    Salary Information

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Please include a cover letter, resume, and contact information of at least three current professional references.

    Review of applicants will begin on September 15, 2019 and may continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    Advertised: Sep 5 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close:



    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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