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Research Communications Coordinator -- Gies College of Business

Research Communications Coordinator -- Gies College of Business

locationS Urbana Ave, Urbana, IL, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/6/2024
ExpiresExpires: 6/28/2024
Marketing / Communications / PR
Full Time

Research Communications Coordinator -- Gies College of Business

Office of Marketing & Communications

Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois is seeking applicants for a Research Communications Coordinator to join our team of nearly 20 marketing professionals.  If hired, you will work closely with marketing managers, writers, designers and others on the Marcom team that serves the entire college.

The Marketing & Communications team for Gies College of Business acts as an in-house marketing agency. Our growing team of more than 20 professionals plays a pivotal role in promoting the College’s purpose to shape purposeful leaders through life-changing access to education, research, and innovation. Creativity, strategy, and collaboration are key to our team's success as we grow the reputation and brand of Gies Business, a Top 5 public business school and home to 2021 Business School Dean of the Year. As a Research Communications Coordinator, you'll be at the forefront of this effort, working closely with those who lead the marketing efforts of the College units to implement and manage marketing strategies and projects. 


Job Summary

As research communications coordinator, you will be the main point of contact for the College's faculty-led research centers and initiatives. Successful promotion and execution of these units is critical in recruiting and retaining world-class faculty in key subject areas, and these centers serve as proof points of how the College lives out its brand promise: Business on Purpose. Your primary responsibility will be to establish and execute a brand communications strategy for each unit. In this role you will gather, write, manage, and distribute—across a wide range of platforms—stories that showcase the research excellence and innovation at Gies. As a member of the Office of Marketing and Communications you'll collaborate with our cross-functional team including designers, strategists, videographers, and project managers to deliver successful outcomes.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Communications
    • Work closely with the Director of Communications to develop strategic communication plans to enhance the reputation of the College’s faculty-led research centers and initiatives, which are a critical component of the Gies Business brand commitment. This also includes working with stakeholders to execute the plans.
    • Identify, research, and write news stories, features, and thought leadership for distribution via webpages, articles, press releases, social media, and other channels as appropriate.
    • Gather and write short-form newsletter content highlighting research and innovation stories.
    • Develop brief announcements and notices for internal audiences.
    • Write and update website content that is clear, concise, and audience-focused.
    • Collaborate with the Director of Brand Engagement to ensure appropriate application of the Gies College of Business and University of Illinois brand standards.
    • Maintain a consistent brand voice and tone.
    • Provide editing, proofreading, and quality assurance as needed.
    • Provide communications support for signature events, announcements, and other strategic communications for research centers and initiatives.

  • Management
    • Serve as a liaison between the Office of Marketing and Communications and the College’s faculty-led centers and initiatives, acting as their primary point of contact to promote research outcomes.
    • Build relationships with faculty and staff to effectively collaborate on research communications that align with the College brand.
    • Develop production schedules and deadlines, coordinating communications projects from concept to execution and ensuring they complement/align with overall College brand communication/marketing plans.
    • Ensure deadlines are met and work closely with stakeholders to ensure projects are moving at an appropriate pace.
    • Recruit, hire, and manage student employees as needed.
    • Monitor industry and media trends and apply as appropriate to this work.
    • Work within and contribute to team project management systems.
    • Other communications and marketing duties as assigned.

Specialty Factors

• Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business administration, communications, public relations, or a closely related field.
• Three (3) years (36 months) of professional work experience in marketing, public relations, communications, brand management, or a related professional area. (Note: Master’s Degree in an area consistent with the duties of the position may be substituted for one (1) year (12 months) of work experience.)
• Experience developing and implementing communications plans.
• Experience writing for a variety of audiences through different channels.

Preferred Qualifications

• Previous experience in higher education.
• Experience writing about research.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, multitask, and work in a team environment as well as work independently.
  • A passion for education and a genuine interest in promoting the College’s mission.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment with designers, writers, videographers, and other marketing positions.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage projects.
  • Superb interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to foster positive relationships and facilitate collaboration
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Skilled in managing strategy discussions and developing marketing and/or communications plans

Appointment Information

This is a 100% full-time Civil Service 5004 - Marketing Associate position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the search close date. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, while also considering internal equity. The salary range for this position starts at $55,000  Position may work in a hybrid home/office environment as agreed upon by supervisor. A path for professional growth is embedded in this and every position in the Gies Office of Marketing and Communications. Sponsorship for work authorization is not available for this position.

For more information about Gies Business, visit https://inside.giesbusiness.illinois.edu/work-at-gies.

For more information on Civil Service classifications, please visit the SUCSS web site at https://www.sucss.illinois.gov/pages/classspec/default.aspx.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information

Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (Central Time) on June 28, 2024. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted through https://jobs.illinois.edu will not be considered. If required by the position, transcripts or other documentation of credentials are to be provided no later than the first day of employment. For further information about this specific position, please contact rgoben@illinois.edu. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing accessibility@illinois.edu.