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Media Communications Specialist

Job Number Full/Part Time Schedule Salary
26151746 Full Time 8AM - 5PM $64,400 - $122,000

Position Information

UC Riverside's Campus Business Services is recruiting for a full-time Media Communications Specialist. The Media Communications Specialist manages the non-print/digital elements of a broad "omnichannel" marketing program for Auxiliary Services. Working with other internal campus partners such as writers, designers, technical staff, external experts, and a range of university clients, this position will update and maintain the digital assets, including websites, public-facing display screens (R'Talk), e-mail communication, and R'Space/R'Web ads. The Media Communications Specialist will assist Auxiliary Services' department staff with social media strategies and content. The Media Communications Specialist will also pursue new digital communication channels on campus and in the surrounding community. This position serves Auxiliary Services clients, including Housing Services, Dining and Hospitality Services, Transportation and Parking Services, Early Childhood Services, Campus Business Services, and Auxiliary Budget and Finance, along with other university departments who contract for services. The position works collaboratively with other UCR department marketing programs. The Media Communications Specialist will assist in the evaluation and research for projects related to effective marketing programs and processes; brand development, new media design, photography and strategic planning. This position must have knowledge of, adhere to, and enforce University, and department policies, protocol and marketing trends. **As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.


Education Requirements

Degree Requirement
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Required


Experience Requirement
4 - 7 years of related experience. Required
Experience with both Mac and Microsoft platforms using Adobe Creative Suite design software (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), and other graphics applications, web applications, and interactive-development tools (e.g. Acrobat, Flash and HTML). Required
Experience navigating and posting to social media sites including, but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr and Pinterest. Required
Experience in graphic design, marketing and/or web design and development. Required
Experience as a photographer, including lighting, composition, retouching, photo-illustration, photo-manipulation and photo editing. Preferred
Experience working with website Content Management Systems (such as Drupal or WordPress), web authoring and development tools and working knowledge of web coding schemes, including HTML5 and CCS. Preferred
Experience creating and editing short videos and animated graphics, using such software as Adobe Premiere and Adobe AfterEffects. Preferred

Special Conditions

Special Condition Requirement
Hired candidate must successfully pass a background check through the U.S. Department of Justice. Required

Minimum Requirements

Knowledge of location protocols and channels for communication internally and externally.
Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.
Knowledge and skills to advise and consult with management to ensure delivery of the desired message to the target and/or broad general audiences.
Knowledge of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications.
Knowledge and understanding of technical applications to effectively direct technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications.
Ability to work in a deadline-oriented environment; to display self-discipline to organize, plan and prioritize and meet goals given by deadlines; manage multiple projects at the same time while maintaining high quality.
Knowledge of printing process and related production activities, including file preparation and output, prepress and print requirements.
Knowledge of layout principles and aesthetic design concepts.
Knowledge of current social media platforms and strategies.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of the organization, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, policies, practices, infrastructure, and a strong knowledge of current affairs, and issues in higher education and/or health sciences.

Solid skills to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long and short term strategic communications plans.

Knowledge of basic photography and videography using DSLR camera.

Additional Information

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

  • UC Riverside is proud to be ranked No. 12 among all U.S. universities, according to Money Magazine's 2020 rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2019-20 Center for World University rankings.

  • UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility. - U.S. News 2020

  • UCR is a member of the University Innovation Alliance, the leading national coalition of public research universities committed to improving student success for low-income, first-generation, and students of color.

  • Among top-tier universities, UC Riverside ranks No. 2 in financial aid. - Business Insider 2019

  • Ranked No. 2 in the world for research, UCR's Department of Entomology maintains one of the largest collections of insect specimens the nation. - Center for World University Rankings

  • UCR's distinguished faculty boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, and 13 members of the National Academies of Science and Medicine.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview

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