University of Utah Sustainability Communication & Relationship Manager in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/28/2018

Requisition Number PRN18197B

Job Title Manager, PR/Communications

Working Title Sustainability Communication & Relationship Manager

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Schedule may vary depending on need and events. Monday through Friday 8a-5p, with some evenings and weekends.

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 01281 - Office of Sustainability

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 47600 to 55000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Sustainability Office is seeking a full-time Communications and Relationship Manager to advance the story of our work. The position is ideal for someone who brings excellent writing, critical thought, problem solving and the mechanics of fundraising and communications.

Duties include producing and writing communications content across multiple platforms, managing a team of student interns, occasionally acting as a spokesperson for the office, and coordinating fundraising efforts among public, private and individual donors.

The role requires the ability to manage multiple priorities, deadlines and contributors. Experience in the field of sustainability is preferred, though not required. The manager will work alongside a dynamic team of 11+ faculty/staff and 20+ students advocating for meaningful change across all areas of the University of Utah. The manager will report directly to the Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer and the Director of the Global Change & Sustainability Center, and will coordinate with sustainability professionals and other stakeholders across campus.

This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It 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.


Essential Functions

1.Organize and plan sustainability communication strategies

2.Manage the flow of information to the public, promote positive public image and reputation of sustainability, and build strategic relationships with stakeholders

3.Promote and advertise sustainability programs, events, services, and expertise

4.Organize, oversee, and edit electronic, multimedia, and print content

5.Manage relationships, content, and promotions on social platforms

6.Help design, manage, and drive the implementation of a successful fundraising strategy to support sustainability development needs for the University of Utah

Position Description

Communication (70%)

Create, implement, and oversee communications programs that effectively describe and promote sustainability research, education, engagement, and campus progress at the University of Utah.

Communication Management

Organize and plan communication strategies:

•Lead the campus-wide quarterly sustainability communication forum;

•Coordinate and support sustainability communication efforts for the Sustainability Office/GCSCand with affiliated research units including the U Water Center, Center for Ecological Planning & Design, and Society, Water, & Climate Research Group.

Public Relations

Manage the flow of information to the public, promote positive public image and reputation of sustainability, and build strategic relationships with stakeholders:

•Seek internal and external earned media opportunities, coordinating with University Marketing and Communication;

•Ensure timely delivery of well-written press releases and media advisories;

•Act as the first point-of-contact for media seeking a sustainability story.

Marketing and Creative Direction

Promote and advertise programs, events, services, and expertise:

•Create and implement concepts for branding, advertising campaigns, and marketing messages;

•Create and edit specific communication pieces from theGCSCsuch as brochures, reports, once-a-semester newsletters;

•Support program managers in ensuring successful completion of marketing needs for their programs;

•Work with designer/design team to ensure timely delivery of all graphic content such as posters, reports, and postcards.

Content Management

Organize, oversee, and edit electronic, multimedia, and print content:

•Develop and implement style and communication guidelines;

•Manage a student team of content creators;

•Track and manage deadlines to ensuring timely delivery of content;

•Provide editing and final oversight on all materials from the Sustainability Office;

•Ensure timely maintenance of platforms including website, blog, newsletter, and others.

Social Media

Manage relationships, content, and promotions on social platforms:

•Manage social media intern(s);

•Provide editing and final oversight for all social media communication.

Advancement (30%)

Help shape, manage, and drive the implementation of a successful fundraising strategy to support sustainability development needs for the University of Utah.

Development Management

Facilitate, together with the chief sustainability officer, deputy director, and director ofGCSCthe creation and implementation of an annual development strategy.

Donor Database Management

Utilize Salesforce workflow management system to plan, implement, and evaluate specific fund development programs and campaigns:

•Ensure donations and relationship contacts are entered in Salesforce;

•Oversee reports and queries for relationship management, fundraising, and mailing lists;

•Prepare management reports, as needed and requested.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a related area of assignment or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Four to six years of progressively more responsible management experience. Background knowledge of assigned department’s area of specialization in order to analyze, plan and draw conclusions for recommendations to superiors. Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively monitor and develop subordinates and to ensure the smooth operation of department.

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

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


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.