University of Utah Communications Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/17/2017

Requisition Number PRN14018B

Job Title Communications Specialist

Working Title Marketing & Communications Specialist

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Care Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F, 9:00-5:00, some after hours for special events, photo shoots, athletic events, etc. and possible occasional travel.

VP Area President


Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $47,476 to $55,500

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime. 04/24/2017

Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime. No

Job Summary

Marketing: Leads and develops Campus Store marketing plans, promotions and campaigns for the store and its various internal departments. Cultivates partnerships with media and sponsors to fund, advertise and host events and promotions. Generates media products, both written and visual, for use in marketing activities.

Communications: Designs, coordinates and executes a wide range of communications products and performs a variety of advertising, writing and project management tasks while using good judgment and strong interpersonal skills to plan and execute communications strategies. Utilizes traditional and electronic publishing technologies to produce communications that execute project objectives and generate revenue for the University Campus Store. Manages social media channels for Utah Red Zone and the University Campus Store.


1. Develops and implements marketing plans and strategies by employing traditional and electronic publishing tools to increase brand awareness, feature Utah product and generate revenue by increasing in-store and online sales.

2. Develops and communicates marketing materials, promotions, ad campaigns (print and occasional radio) and coordinates special events. Contributes to and leads various projects for store departments (UTech, textbooks, Red Zone, etc.) and Auxiliary Business Development (ABD).

3. Adheres to project timelines, deadlines and manages routine communicative updates to department directors and others, as needed.

4. Collaborates withABDstaff to identify marketing, news reporting and brand-enhancing opportunities for the Campus Store andABD. Gathers necessary information to produce visual media products, email marketing pieces, press releases and other shareable content in both text and visual form.

5. Acts as a liaison between the Campus Store,ABDand the other Auxiliary departments, facilitating communication and collaboration.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree English, Journalism, Communications, or related field plus 3 years of related experience, or equivalency; excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills; familiarity with a variety of computer software; project management and strong interpersonal skills; ability to work both individually and in a team setting.

Some areas may require additional experience with specific computer systems and may require skills in interviewing, ad copy writing, editing, photography, web writing, graphic design, audio & video production, and oral presentation.

Master’s degree in a related field may be preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communications, Marketing or related field, plus 3 years of related experience or equivalency. A master’s degree in a related field may be preferred.

Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, familiarity with a variety of computer software packages and media editing programs, detail-oriented project management skills and strong interpersonal skills.

A creative sense for innovative marketing and communications strategies and ability to conceive of, develop and implement marketing campaigns and collateral from start to finish with minimal supervision.

Solid aptitude in copy writing, editing, content development for social media use and email marketing, occasional photography and web content development.

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team with limited management and oversight.

Applicants should demonstrate the ability to perform these essential functions, in addition to other miscellaneous needs of theABDteam.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.