Job Information

University of Utah Events and Communications Specialist in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 02/09/2024

Requisition Number PRN37667B

Job Title Research Dev Associate I

Working Title Events and Communications Specialist

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 01488 - SVPHS Research Unit

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $54,000 to $66,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Research Unit ( SVPHS Research Unit) at University of Utah Health seeks an Events and Communications Specialist (Research Development Associate I) to support strategic research initiatives in their work to enhance research capacity at the University of Utah.

The Events and Communications Specialist will be a part of the Research Program Development Team in the SVPHS Research Unit which oversees the development and implementation of strategic research initiatives. To learn more about the other SVPHS Research Unit strategic research initiatives, please visit . The Events and Communications Specialist will report to the Associate Director of Research Program Development. They will work alongside the Research Program Development team and the Operations Team, with support from additional SVPHS Research Unit staff.

This position is eligible for telework in a hybrid telework & in-person environment.

About SVPHS Research Unit

The SVPHS Research Unit seeks to strengthen programs, departments, and colleges within University of Utah Health by assisting in research strategic planning, decision support, goal setting, administrative and programmatic expertise, and program development. We are an inclusive and accessible workplace who believes that belonging is everyone’s responsibility. We prioritize our team’s well-being and actively support each other. We strive to create a positive and supportive team atmosphere that fosters personal and professional growth.

About the University of Utah and Benefits

The University of Utah is located at the foot of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains and offers a rich benefits package including affordable health insurance on the first day, generous retirement contributions of 14.2%, 13 paid holidays per year plus vacation accruals each month, tuition reduction for employees and families, paid parental leave and more. Please visit our Benefits website for more information:


  1. Work with the Research Program Development team to organize and execute smaller Initiative events such as monthly seminar series and educational trainings.
  2. Support the work of the Events and Communications Manager on large-scale initiative events such as annual symposia. This may include the coordination of catering, creation of registration forms, compiling speaker information and promotional material development.
  3. Produce initiative newsletters and communications with materials provided by Research Program Development staff and initiative leadership.
  4. Create initiative materials, such as social media posts and event flyers, including basic formatting, layouts, and copy-editing.
  5. Manage initiative social media channels using materials provided by Research Program Development staff and Initiative leadership.
  6. Update initiative websites as directed by the Events and Communications Manager.
  7. Provide additional support to initiatives as needed. This may include supporting seed grant competitions, scheduling large meetings, and other activities.
  8. Apply problem-solving skills to variety of challenges. Some resolutions may require some analysis and interpretation, requiring innovation and creativity.

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 or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience).

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


1. Experience with event planning and/or producing communications.

2. University experience.

3. Project management and organizational skills.

4. Commitment to developing or adding to a culture of belonging.

5. Willingness and ability to work flexibly and on short notice to meet tight deadlines.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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