Associate Communications Director/Managing Editor

Grand Forks, North Dakota (US)
Mar 13, 2019
Job Type
Full Time

Hiring Department:  UND Today

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification:  $65,000/Annual, Full-Time, Benefited, Exempt
Benefits: Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave.  Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.
Work Schedule:  8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. w/flexibility for night and weekend work.

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 5PM (Central Time) on the closing date.


Position Details:
  A complete Position Description is available as an attachment in the bottom right corner of this position announcement.

  • Proof, edit and rewrite copy to improve readability, confirm a focuses common threat/theme throughout stories and detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation and syntax. Confer with writers regarding changes in content, style or organizations.
  • Develop story or content idea, considering reader or audience appeal. Plan in advance the delivery of timeline of stories.
  • Be prepared to write articles, on occasion, to support the strategic priorities and goals of the University.
  • Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
  • Oversee and coordinate all content necessary for publication of internal and external publications, including photography, videography and design elements.
  • Assign topics, events and stories to individual communication staff members for coverage. Coordinate photography, videography and design element needs to augment stories, as needed.
  • Coordinate with Communication Director and communication staff on implementation of policies and procedures for internal communications.
  •  Confirm timely distribution of internal and external publications via multiple media channels, including web blogs, e-newsletters, social media, mass mails and news releases.
  • Provide leadership for the development and execution of a coordinated, strategic communication plan for internal and external audiences for the University.
  • Create processes for effectively determining the strategic priorities of the University’s top story ideas that give readership a sense of the positive and impactful efforts taking place on and off campus.
  • Understand and use measurement and evaluation practices, and present consistent, timely reporting on key performance indicators.
  • Be strategic, flexible and detail-oriented with strong analytical, communication and relationship building skills and an ability to frame complex issues and problems to seek optimal solutions.
  • Develop and oversee a system for managing workflow of content and stories ideas, and apply uniform criteria for story requests.
  • Generate and drive creative ideas for building awareness and sharability of internal and external publications that are aligned with goals and priorities of UND.
  • Be able to synthesize the diverse needs of a complex organization and then lead and manage multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, provide direction and focus, and delegate and ensure rapid follow through.
  • Provide leadership and supervision for professional, support and technical personnel on the communications staff, including hiring, evaluating, motivating, training and professional development, retaining, disciplining and delegating.
  • Supervise direct reports, including goal-setting and performance appraisals.
  • Support program and service assessment efforts.
  • Assist the Communications Director and Vice President for Marketing & Communications in the execution of the Division’s communication plan and the University’s over-arching priorities and goals.
  • On occasion, fill in to perform duties and responsibilities of the Communications Director.
  • Cultivate a strong sense of teamwork, maintain an environment of mentoring and support, and encourage interaction and collaboration within and between units, and with other units of the Division and the University.
  • Contribute to an optimistic and enthusiastic workplace that challenges and energizes staff members.
  • Be forward thinking and explore new opportunities for growth and improvement by advancing personal leadership through professional development and continuing education.
  • Prepare written inputs to a wide variety of institutional reports (annual reports, accreditation reports, strategic plans, assessment plans and budget reports) and meet administrative deadlines, as required.
  • Attend staff meetings, retreats, planning sessions, trainings and other meetings/events, as required. 
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Required Competencies:

  • Excellent writing, editing, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong copy-editing skills and command of AP style
  • Flexibility for night and weekend work
  • Ability to critically evaluate information and assess news value
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to think strategically and to work closely with administrators and administrative teams across campus
  • Experience creating innovative and interactive news and feature content for a digital platform is a plus


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communication, Marketing or a related field
  • 5 years of experience writing and editing news and feature stories
  • 3 years of management experience in journalism, communications, marketing or related field
  • Successful completion of criminal history background check.

In compliance with federal law, all person hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hired.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Leadership experience in the field of Journalism, Communication, Marketing or related field

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Confidentiality of Application Materials
Note: Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.
EEO Statement
UND is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status during the application process.  This information will remain confidential and separate from your application. 
ND Veteran’s Preference
North Dakota Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.
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