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PUBLIC INFORMATION SPECIALIST

University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on November 20, 2019
Req #: 173959
Department: SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 11/19/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education 
Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years. 

School of Social Work has an outstanding opportunity for a Public Information Specialist.

Duties & Responsibilities
We are seeking a manager to lead Forefront’s marketing and public relations work. A successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, evolving, environment where a passion for learning and compassion for others drives the work.  Responsibilities include:

Communications (60%)
o Work with leadership to refine and implement a robust strategic communications plan and establish strategies for measuring communication effectiveness and outcomes.
o Build and maintain on-going relationships with relevant media, bloggers and local press organizations
o Develop content and leverage multiple communication mediums to complement relationship and development efforts
o Oversee marketing materials and external communication, ensuring that all messaging follows brand identity and style standards
o Oversee Forefront’s website content
o Publish monthly newsletter and a yearly annual report
o Oversee social media communications work and provide media training for staff/volunteers who interact with the media and/or the public in tough situations
o Work collaboratively with UW Marketing & Communication, media relations and School of Social Work communications on brand alignment, press advisories and releases
o Utilize and build awareness of safe messaging guidelines for news and media
o Provide writing, editing, and creative support, as needed.

Community Engagement (30%)
o Create and implement a community engagement system and strategy
o Identify potential community partners and develop lasting and reciprocal relationships
o Identify, develop and execute special events and trainings
o Schedule, implement and suggest new community partnerships and engagement initiatives
o Identify, initiate and deepen relationships with various community stakeholders
o Attend Community meetings on behalf of Forefront Suicide Prevention to hear community needs and to provide information about Forefront programs and initiatives

Fundraising and Development (10%)
o Assist in building relationships with prospective donors including individuals, corporations and foundations
o Maintain, with SSW Advancement and university policies and procedures, prospect and donor portfolios, complete contact reports, and generate reports and campaign updates
o Ensure highest integrity and care for donor database and ensure timely gift acknowledgments
o Prepare, submit and manage grant proposals to private sources
o Support event planning, execution and follow-up after events in collaboration with the SSW Advancement team
o Development of sponsorship opportunities

Requirements
Bachelor's Degree in social science, humanities, communications, or related field. (Equivalent experience may be substituted for degree requirement)
o 2 years of relevant work experience
o Adaptable, able to work in fast-paced environment
o Excellent written and oral communication skills
o Strong team-building and leadership skills

Desired
o At least one year of social media marketing or promotion experience

Benefits
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready.

Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.