Communications Coordinator - 24638BR

Communications Coordinator

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Communications Coordinator will create and implement external and internal communications for the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Responsibilities include managing the School’s website and social media properties, creating and disseminating news releases and marketing/advertising materials, coordinating special events, and supervising student hourly employees/interns. The Communications Coordinator will need to be an excellent written and oral communicator as well as have the ability to work with a variety of constituents.

Job Description

75% Communications:
  • Create news releases and other materials to promote personnel and events in the School
  • Maintain School's website and social media channels
  • Produce alunmi magazine each semester
  • Recruit and supervise student communications assistants for internships
  • Produce admission, recruitment brochures and other communication pieces
  • Collaborate with other KU schools and units, Office of Public Affairs, KU Endowment Association and KU Alumni Association to implement university-wide public relations
  • Create and place local and national advertisements, including AEJMC program ads, JEA/NSPA recruiting ads, specialty trade magazine ads, and others
  • Create and edit visual content, including photographs and graphics, for a variety of outlets
  • Produce and distribute weekly Monday Memo e-newsletter
  • Manage public image areas, including display cases, photo exhibits, ticker, and biulding signage
  • Handle general e-mail (
25% Event Management:
  • Coordinate J-School Generations and special events such as May graduation ceremony, annual student awards ceremony, and other special events
  • Assist with annual William Allen White Day preparations
  • Produce written materials and social media information as needed for events
  • Coordinate special events, including special visitors and guest speakers
  • Coordinate promotional item design and production for school
  • Give tours of school to alumni and visiting professionals

Position Requirements

This position will be fully on-site

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, or related field
  2. Three (3) years’ professional experience in journalism, marketing communications, or public relations
  3. Three (3) years’ experience writing, editing and designing/producing online and print publications, including taking, evaluating and processing photographs
  4. Three (3) years’ experience managing social media channels
  5. Three (3) years’ experience using Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite
  6. Three (3) years’ experience working with managing websites
  7. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, multitask, and be self-driven as evidenced by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. 3-5 years’ experience in professional news media experience
  2. 7-10 years’ experience in marketing communications/public relations
  3. Experience in KU or higher education communications
  4. Experience as magazine or trade publication editor
  5. Video shooting and editing experience
  6. Project management experience

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application will include a cover letter and a resume. Apply online and submit a letter describing your qualifications for this position. Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Review of applications begins on March 27, 2023 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Ann M. Brill;

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

M-F, 8-5, occasional evenings

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