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Communications Consultant 2

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Academic Affairs

Position Title Communications Consultant 2
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 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 90,000 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 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The Graduate School supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. 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

The Graduate School at Western Washington University seeks a collaborative Communications Consultant to assist with recruiting talented and diverse graduate students to our more than forty graduate programs at both the Master’s and Clinical Doctorate levels. Working directly with program faculty and staff, the position will play a central role in producing communications and digital content supporting the recruitment of prospective graduate students and providing prospective students relevant information regarding the admissions and applications process.

Typical duties include: 

  • Work with academic departments to gather content such as photos, student testimonials and program descriptions to be used online and in various communications 
  • Develop and maintain program pages on Graduate School website (revise and create content with a recruitment focus 
  • Coordinate the Graduate School's participation in marketing/recruitment email campaigns.
  • Collaborate with Graduate School, Outreach and Continuing Education, University Communications and Enrollment Management staff and leadership. 
  • Coordinate social media strategies targeting key constituents, including producing regular content 
  • Research and identify target marketing venues, assess effectiveness of marketing and recruitment activities. 
  • Collect and evaluate feedback and data to inform recruitment materials and campaigns. 
  • Contribute to the development of a graduate marketing and recruitment strategy 
  • Participate on university-wide marketing committee.
  • Represent the Graduate School at graduate school and career fairs, online and in person, at Western and selected other sites with adequate training, and availability. 
  • Advise prospective students on the application and admission process
  • Assist with admissions processing during high volume periods
  • Coordinate the Graduate School Give Day campaign

This is a long-term, part-time, temporary position.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Business or a related field.
  • Minimum one year of experience in developing marketing, promotional or recruitment materials with experience utilizing multiple tools to reach target market.
  • Proactive, engaging skills as a communicator and excellent written communication skills.
  • Experience with a Content Management System such as Drupal or Wordpress
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, and work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and proven ability to learn and use new technology, including social media and university systems.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in student recruitment in a higher education or similar environment
  • Experience with CollegeNet or similar CRM tool.
  • Experience with the Adobe creative suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of graduate admissions practices and principles with an understanding of customer service perspectives and needs.
Salary The starting pay for this position is $21.27 per hour.
Bargaining Unit This position is provisionally part of bargaining unit PT and covered by the collective bargaining agreement with 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 Application review will begin on January 29, 2021.

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 Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, 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).

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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.

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