Research Communications Coordinator
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for the position of Research Communications Coordinator. This position reports to the Director of Research Communications.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a remarkable breadth of research expertise, with world-renowned strengths in the arts, agriculture, business, the humanities, and the social sciences, as well as top-ranked programs in the natural sciences and engineering. Many of the technologies that enabled the modern electronic era were developed at the U of I, and we are among the top universities in NSF-funded research and development expenditures. Today, we’re building on that tradition, working to address society’s most pressing problems by doing what we do best—interdisciplinary research that drives positive change in our communities, our state, our nation, and the world.
The OVCR provides leadership and oversight for research at Illinois, an enterprise that had sponsored research and development expenditures of $743 million for FY13. In addition to overarching planning, policy development, and management, the OVCR provides guidance for our portfolio units and works to promote coordination, lead change, and ensure modern and compliant processes and professional services. Learn more at www.research.illinois.edu.
Urbana-Champaign is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis. The University is a land-grant institution that provides access to world-class laboratory and academic facilities, Big Ten athletic events, and internationally acclaimed cultural opportunities. More about the Champaign-Urbana micro-urban lifestyle can be found here: http://micro-urban.com/
The Research Communications Coordinator is responsible for coordinating communications activities that support programs and initiatives in the OVCR, in close collaboration with the Director of Research Communications; working to facilitate information flow between the OVCR and campus units; working with OVCR units to develop content for a suite of tools, products, and services that support the Illinois research enterprise, and working with units to ensure consistency of communication across the portfolio.
Additional responsibilities include:
Content Creation and Management: Create original content, including writing and editing, on OVCR websites and social media channels; work with OVCR units to maintain websites and clearly disseminate information; regularly review and edit existing content for accuracy and clarity; and stay up-to-date on best practices for information dissemination.
Information Management: Identify and edit content, manage subscriptions and track readership of the OVCR's Funding and Opportunities email list; proactively seek examples of Illinois research excellence via social media channels; track and archive relevant supporting data points, examples, and images; and maintain organized and accurate records
Partnership Building: In tandem with the Director of Research Communications, engage with campus communications professionals and collaborates with the campus Office of Public Affairs to promote awareness of research-related activities to both internal and external audiences; and consult with OVCR units to enhance business processes and information sharing activities.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree required; Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Marketing, Advertising or a related field preferred.
REQUIRED: Three years of professional communications experience. Training or experience with Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, social media including Twitter, and Campus Webtools. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and superb customer-service skills. Excellent organizational skills and multi-tasking capabilities to meet stringent deadlines and produce accurate, detail-oriented work.
PREFERRED: Experience using Adobe Captivate. Familiarity with the University’s research enterprise and complex organizational structure. Familiarity with a content management system such as Drupal or Wordpress.
This is an academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis.
The starting date is negotiable. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Applications received by February 9, 2017 shall receive full consideration. To apply, please visit: https:jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board to complete an online profile and to upload 1) Cover letter; 2) Resume, 3) Names and contact information for three professional references.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
For further information, please contact Susan Key, Director of Portfolio Human Resources, email@example.com.
Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).