The Communications Officer, Media is responsible for researching, writing, editing, and coordinating communication materials specifically written for external audiences as a means to enhance the Faculty’s reputation as a world-class leader in mathematics. The overall objective is to advance the Faculty’s image through the production of professional, compelling, and effective communications materials.
Research and Writing
Write media releases, web stories, news stories, research profiles, op-ed material (for distribution by the UW Media Relations Office)
Conduct research, interviews, write, edit, source photos and fact-check a variety of story content for the Faculty and unit websites
Research faculty and student profiles for alumni publications, as required.
Interview faculty and researchers as required for story development.
Support the integration and leveraging of content across a range of Faculty online channels as a means to support the Faculty’s marketing communications strategies
Ensure consistency, accuracy, and excellence in quality and content of messaging in all written pieces
Identify opportunities for story profiles and review with the communications team to determine next steps, and add to Faculty Communications editorial calendar and planning tools
Analyze issues, events, trends, and items that could impact Faculty profiles and alert the team
Regularly review and contribute to media relations editorial calendars for planning purposes
Work collaboratively with the communications team in order to strategically support Advancement and the Faculty’s goals
Provide excellent service to colleagues across the team and the Faculty of Mathematics.
Provide back-up copy writing and editing services to members of the Mathematics communications team, as required
Attend events to compose notes capturing key messages, take photographs and video, and network with attendees to provide content for stories
Perform other duties of a comparable level/type, such as a photography support at the Faculty events, as assigned
Other duties as assigned
University degree in journalism, English language and literature, public relations, or equivalent combination of education and experience
3-5 years of extensive journalism experience as a writer in an academic or media environment
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; excellent editing skills
Experience in interviewing people for media profiles
Experience in news and media researching skills
Experience in translating technical concepts into simple language to facilitate understanding from researchers to media and other external audiences
Experience in writing effectively, authentically, and in a manner consistent with the quality and standard expected of university-level communication and aligned with brand strategies
Experience in a university environment is strongly preferred
Positive energy and attitude
A passion for and commitment to the Faculty of Mathematics and commitment to developing its experience for all stakeholders
Proven ability to take difficult concepts and make them understandable and interesting to a general audience
Proven ability in managing multiple deadlines that require attention to accuracy, consistency, and the ability to work with many different people with competing priorities
Ability to build consensus, foster teamwork among a variety of stakeholders, and lead integrated project teams
Effective time management skills, ability to multitask, and confidence in decision making under pressure
Strong organizational skills coupled with proven ability to effectively document work, handle multiple tasks, and excel in a fast-paced environment characterized by changing priorities and short deadlines
Effective interpersonal and written communication skills
Ability to quickly produce and distribute quality, thoughtful, and engaging content
Demonstrated ability to thrive in and contribute to an integrated and collaborative team environment and to apply a positive team approach to working with colleagues
Flexibility to adapt to unexpected and time sensitive demands
Experience using web-based user interfaces to manage and maintain web content (e.g., web content management system)
Understanding of mathematics, statistics, and/or computer science is considered an asset
As a member of the communications team, work outside of normal hours can be expected
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