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Communications Coordinator

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title Communications Coordinator
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Office of Admissions supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

As our Communications Coordinator, you will help in the development and deployment of direct marketing and communication initiatives in support of University enrollment initiatives.  You will use the Constituents Relationship Management System (CRM) to deliver segmented communications to prospective students, parents, school counselors, community college representatives and other key audiences via web, email, print, text message, and social media.

You will also use Project Management (PM) tools and principles in order to manage a wide range of projects and their corresponding deliverables; will manage Admissions' social media editorial calendar and student employees; and will assist in the collection and reporting of data to support enrollment strategies and efforts.

You will report to the Assistant Director of Admissions for Communications and Marketing, and participate in regularly scheduled meetings with the other members of the Admissions Communications Team.

The State HR classification for this position is Communications Consultant 2.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, business, journalism, or another relevant field
  • Minimum of two years of experience in a professional setting coordinating complex communications plans and executing communications projects
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills that include professional and effective communication and relationship building
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated strong project management and organizational skills, with keen attention to detail and accuracy
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize projects, take initiate, work under pressure, manage multiple deadlines and adjust as priorities change
Preferred Qualifications
  • Fluency in English and one additional language (e.g. Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, etc.)
  • Experience with a CRM system
  • Familiarity with concepts and principles of Agile Project Management
  • Knowledge of the Admissions funnel
  • Background working with relational databases (e.g. Access) and query language
  • Familiarity with front-end development technologies, such as HTML and CSS
Salary New hires typically start at $3871/month including an excellent benefits package
Bargaining Unit This position is part of bargaining unit PTE and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement within the Public School Employees of WWU.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Position closes 10/29/2018

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“The Clery Act”). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western’s campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the office of the Vice President for enrollment and Student Services. The report can be found at

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

Job no: 496112
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