Communications Specialist - 21963BR

Communications Specialist

Department: 
Info & Telecom Tech Center
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
On-Site
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Communications Specialist provides administrative and publicity support for the operational and research needs of the Institute for Information Sciences (I2S,) previously known as Information & Telecommunication Technology Center. The I2S is a designated research center at the University of Kansas to support faculty and staff conducting research in a variety of areas. This position will work on-site, but a flexible schedule may be considered if desired by the selected candidate.

KU offers excellent benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation earned per year, 96 hours of sick leave earned per year, 9 paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical & dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options, and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities. KU is a great place to work! The University actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Job Description

40% - Publicity: Responsible for the promotion of I2S technologies and services and the communication of information about I2S research. Prepare quarterly and annual activity reports; prepare and maintain outreach materials including website, posters, brochures, and social media; prepare news releases for I2S. Research data, create ideas, write and edit copy, lay out artwork, contact media representatives, and represent I2S directly before the general public.

15% - Maintain publications on the I2S website. Collect theses, technical reports, conference proceedings, and other publications authored by I2S affiliated staff, faculty, or students and post bibliography information to the I2S website.

10% - Serve as backup for I2S Office Manager and help back up Nichols Facility Manager, filling in as needed when students are unavailable.

10% - Assist with coordinating and organizing meetings, workshops, conferences, symposia, and other presentations for I2S. Assist with hosting visitors to the research center.

10% - Purchasing: Manage office supply inventory, restocking supply room and ordering as necessary. Coordinate purchases and reimbursements for the I2S student organization and the KU Blockchain Institute (KUBI). Assist with facilitating purchase orders and payments, and travel arrangements and reimbursements for I2S faculty and staff.

10% - Database: Enter student and project information into the I2S database

5% - Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • The general work schedule for this position is Monday - Friday, 8a - 5p, but flex time is allowed.
  • Available to work past 5pm on occasion, if needed.
  • This position will work primarily on-site.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds with or without accommodation.

Required Qualifications

  1. High School diploma or GED equivalency and two years of related professional experience OR two years of post-secondary education.
  2. Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills as evidenced by application materials
  3. Minimum 1 year experience with InDesign, PhotoShop, and other Adobe products.
  4. Minimum 1 year experience with Microsoft Office suite, specifically Excel, Access, and Word.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in marketing/public relations, business, or a related field; or a minimum of 3 years of related professional experience.
  2. Familiarity with the Institute for Information Sciences.
  3. Familiarity with University of Kansas, KU Office of Research, and State of Kansas rules and regulations.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application requires: 1) on-line application; 2) current resume; 3) a cover letter addressing required qualifications; 4) complete contact information for three professional references.

Application review begins on May 2, 2022 and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is assembled. To ensure consideration, apply by May 2, 2022.

Contact Information to Applicants

Pam Farr, 785-864-7354, pfarr@ittc.ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $40,000 commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8a - 5p

Application Review Begins

02-May-2022

Anticipated Start Date

01-Jun-2022

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
21963BR
Department:
Info & Telecom Tech Center
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment:
On-Site
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Application Review Begins:
02-May-2022