Internal Communications Manager/Editor

University of Idaho in Idaho

Date Posted July 3, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Internal Communications Manager/Editor

Classification Group Title
Communications Supervisor


University Advancement (Div)

University Communications

FLSA Status
Overtime Exempt

Employee Category

Pay Range

Salary Grade

Type of Appointment
Fiscal Year


Full Time/Part Time
Full Time

Position Responsibilities

Position Summary
Reporting to the Director of Integrated Communications, the Internal Communications Manager/ Editor is responsible for developing and maintaining effective internal university communications strategy, content and vehicles including the Daily Register and The Friday Letter. This position is also responsible for identifying issues of concern to the internal university community and working collaboratively with leaders to develop appropriate messaging and communication strategy. In addition, this position manages the strategic creation of internal university communications within the purview of UCM including the university’s magazine, fundraising materials, feature stories, special publications and some website content. This position provides the unit’s quality control processes for creative outputs and serves as the unit’s chief managing editor for all primary internal and external communications. Provides staff support at special events as needed and works with other UCM team members on important university issues, including crisis or emergency communications efforts, as they arise.


Job Duty Function
Develop and manage internal communications in an efficient and effective manner by:

Job Duties/Responsibilities
• Creating, managing and producing a well thought out, innovative, strategic and effective internal communications vehicle (currently the Daily Register) to deliver important information to the university faculty, staff and administration;

• Developing a collaborative and clear process for communicating internally using the campus-wide email system, social media and Web-based communication;

• Working collaboratively to refine and/or develop a new innovative, effective internal presidential communication tool (currently The Friday Letter);

• Coordinating with the appropriate offices on campus to help coordinate various university communications products to ensure consistency and effectiveness;

• Working with campus faculty, staff and administrators as needed to gather information on critical internal university issues for use in communication materials and strategy;

• Producing content as needed for internal audiences using multiple distribution platforms.

Job Duty Function
Plans and manages story and content development for distribution through multiple media platforms by:

Job Duties/Responsibilities
• Managing the production of editorial content and the timely publishing of university communications and publications including the university magazine;

• Serving as team lead in all aspects of magazine production including theme and story development, timeline, freelance or intern writers, proofreaders and photographers. Assigning and editing stories and coordinating approval processes related to content;

• Balancing the needs and interests of audience groups with the university’s need to effectively communicate consistent and compelling messaging;

• Monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of university communications among intended audiences and making recommendations to address issues and expressed needs;

• Creating and managing a planning calendar for key university communications and publications requiring writing content and development;

• Developing and managing a publications and content budget;

• Consistently incorporating brand-focused messaging in all communications.

Job Duty Function
Coordinating marketing and communication pieces, promoting university initiatives, events and programs and providing content quality control and editing across the unit:

Job Duties/Responsibilities
• Providing copywriting and editing assistance for various college-specific communications or marketing projects;

• Connecting and collaborating with MarCom staff to help publicize and promote student, faculty, dean and/or administrators’ activities to media and other audiences as needed;

• Working as an active, contributing member of the UCM team, which may include serving as project lead as needed on university events or initiatives.

Job Duty Function
Contribute to team effort by:

Job Duties/Responsibilities
• Providing UCM media relations support as needed;

• Performing other duties as assigned;

• Acting as a resource and point of contact for other university content contributors and communicators.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, marketing, or related field and a minimum of 3 years professional experience in professional writing/editing, project management, communications and/or marketing, or a combination of related education and related experience totaling at least 7 years.

• Strong leadership and strategic project management experience including magazine or other similar creative content production with tight deadlines and multiple components.

• Experience writing news articles and features for publication; editing; research; issue management and messaging; strategic message development.

• Demonstrated knowledge of effective internal organizational communication management and implementation.

• Knowledge of Associated Press style.

• Experience developing and managing budgets.

Preferred Qualifications

• Knowledge of strategic communications, brand marketing, fund-raising and enrollment communications.

• Experience conducting interviews for stories and other writing projects.

• Knowledge of university communication objectives and ability to translate them into effective communications.

Posting Information

Posting Number

Posting Date

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Background Check Statement
Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.
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EEO Statement
The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the regents that equal opportunity be afforded in education and employment to qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. It is also the policy of the University of Idaho to not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

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