Communications Coordinator - 22531BR

Communications Coordinator

Study Abroad and Global Engmt
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Communications Coordinator for Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE) is responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic marketing plan to increase KU student participation in SAGE programs, including GAP, Global Scholars, and education abroad. This position oversees the SAGE Info Center and supervises 5-7 student Peer Advisors and one student graphic designer. Emphases include student recruitment; first-step student advising; advertising and promotion of approximately 150 education abroad programs through print brochures, public presentations, and online content; management of; social media management; and collaboration with both on-campus and off-campus organizations to develop and implement innovative programming in support of international engagement. This is a full-time regular appointment subject to review and reappointment.

Job Description

Recruitment and Promotions (40%)

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive annual outreach and communications plan in collaboration with the Director.
  • Represent SAGE at all student-oriented events hosted internally and by external partner organizations (includes occasional evenings/weekends and events at off-campus locations).
  • Regularly present about SAGE programs to campus constituencies.
  • Provide direction and oversee development of print materials for each SAGE program, including approximately 150 education abroad programs, GAP, Global Scholars and Study Abroad in the Major materials, cheat sheets and guides. Maintain current materials in SAGE Info Center and in distribution locations across campus.
  • Plan, write, and edit content for admissions brochure, the Jayhawk Guide to Study Abroad, and the annual Jayhawk Planet alumni newsletter.
  • Coordinate, advertise, and develop promotional materials and social media campaigns for all SAGE events, including three signature events annually.
  • Assist with media relations, including responding to periodic requests for interviews.
  • Lead social media strategies and messaging to highlight SAGE program participants, scholarship awardees, news, stories, and events and to successfully engage student audiences.
  • Manage and maintain SAGE events calendar.
  • Supervise 1 student graphic designer.

Advising (30%)

  • Develop and manage first-point-of-contact system for prospective study abroad students.
  • Hire, train, supervise, develop and evaluate 5-7 student Peer Advisors.
  • Manage staffing of the SAGE Info Center and concurrently scheduled campus events/activities. Supervise day-to-day operations of the Study Abroad Info Center and serve as back-up advisor during periods of high traffic.
  • Maintain Info Center’s comprehensive collection of informational materials on KU and affiliated education abroad programs.
  • Coordinate email communications with prospective and current study abroad students. Oversee management of the email account.
  • Design and produce student advising materials, including the pre-departure student guide and the returnee handbook. Review content and update annually.
  • Support SAGE pre-departure and returnee orientation through the development of materials, surveys, presentations, and breakout sessions.
Website Management (20%)
  • Manage overall function, content, and user experience of
  • Collaborate with IT, KU Web Services, and KU International Affairs to keep aligned with brand standards.
  • Train student staff and SAGE colleagues on basic website maintenance.
  • Collaborate with the SAGE staff to develop and update website content as needed to ensure consistent, current information is available to students, parents, the KU community, and program alumni.
Liaison to KU Units & External Partners (5%)
  • Serve as the primary SAGE liaison to multiple campus units, U.S. partner institutions, off-campus organizations, and study abroad program providers.
  • Serve as a key member of an internationally focused campus programming team and associated planning committees. Collaborate and develop events and programs in collaboration with KU International Affairs’ units, the Institute for International & Global Engagement (IIGE), Global Business Studies (GBS), KU’s five Area Studies Centers, and others.
Other Duties as Assigned (5%)

Position Requirements

  1. This position requires working on-site.
  2. This position requires some evening and weekend work.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing Communications or relevant field PLUS minimum of one (1) year related professional experience in journalism, strategic communication, marketing, public relations, or related field.
  2. Strong written communication skills as evidenced by application materials and two (2) writing samples.
  3. Prior experience managing web content or social media for an organization, including content creation and analytics.
  4. Experience studying, living, or working abroad.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Professional experience in higher education or education abroad administration.
  2. Strong computer skills, preferably with experience in Microsoft Office and using Adobe Creative Suite – especially Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro and/or Illustrator – for creating graphics and video.
  3. Experience with Drupal content management system.
  4. Graphic design, print publishing, and web publishing skills.
  5. Supervisory experience.
  6. Student advising experience.
  7. Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete online application includes:
  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.
  2. Resume.
  3. Two (2) writing samples such as professional correspondence, publication, flyer, etc.
  4. Contact information for three professional references (including at least one previous or current supervisor).
  • Application review begins Monday, July 11, 2022 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Angela Perryman,

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Study Abroad and Global Engmt
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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