Digital Communications Specialist 3

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Position Information

Payroll Title: Digital Communications Specialist 3

Job Code: 7455

Job Open Date: 09/17/2021

Application Review Begins: 10/4/2021

Department Code-Name: GEOG

Percentage of Time: 100%

Collective Bargaining Unit (CBU): 

Grade Type/Grade: 99

FLSA Exemption Status: Exempt

Work Location: 4806 and 4820 Ellison Hall

Pay Rate/Range: $61,200/yr

Days/Hours: M-F 8-5 (we can flex to M-F 9-6 as well)

Benefits Eligibility: Full Benefits


Department Marketing Statement

The Department of Geography’s vision is to lead the integration of natural, social, and information sciences to solve problems of people and the environment. Two key terms in the vision that separates geography from most other fields is that, first, we take integration across knowledge domains as the central goal and, second, we use that to leverage better insights on problems that span the natural and social realms. Faculty in geography do not necessarily hold degrees in geography (only 4 currently do), but we all are characterized by having a particular domain expertise while also being committed to working across domains especially on problems where there are both natural and social aspects interacting. Reflecting that framing, our faculty are classified by domain/research area expertise and participation in cross-cutting themes. Domains define broad areas of science where we have sufficient faculty expertise to provide graduate level education.

Trisalyn Nelson is the faculty member this position will be reporting to in the Department of Geography. She joined the Department as the Jack and Laura Dangermond Endowed Chair of Geography in 2020. From 2016-2020 she was Director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. Prior, she was the Lansdowne Research Professor and Director of the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research Lab at the University of Victoria, Canada. Dr. Nelson studies a variety of phenomena from spatial ecology to cities. Currently, her research focuses on active transportation, and the use of big data and analytics to better plan cities. Nelson led the creation of, a web-map and App to gather volunteered geographic information on bicycling collisions and near misses. With her team, she has developed new ways of using fitness app data (like Strava) to map bicycling volume useful for transportation planning. Nelson uses and other big data to quantify and monitor patterns of urban cycling safety and ridership.

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Brief Summary of Job Duties

Serves as the Communications Manager for the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research Lab in collaboration with the Department of Geography. Plans, launches, produces, coordinates, edits, and administers the "Earth + Humans" podcast. Manages the podcasting facility and oversees programming, production, scheduling, training, digital and / or analog editing, accounting, and organizing related events. Organizes and manages large Zoom events for the Lab. Responsible for management of website and social media content and updates for the Lab. Identifies, tracks, and engages donors and alumni as well as businesses/industry partners. Builds and maintains a databases tracking alumni and donor engagement. Provides support for grant proposal development. Promotes citizen science projects. Creates graphic designs for marketing posters. Writes press releases on research activities. Builds relationships between academic and industry partners.

Minimum Requirements

- Willing to support building an inclusive culture.

- Ability to work as an active team member and collaboration on projects.

- Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

- Thorough knowledge / understanding of relevant technology, including methods of broadcast operations.

- Thorough knowledge of various types of programming.

- Thorough written, research, editing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills.

- Thorough organizational skills.

- Thorough creative skills.

- Requires expertise in geography and GIScience. Develops and manages branding, logos, and templates.

Desirable Qualifications

- Thorough knowledge of the campus including its mission, vision, goals, objectives, achievements and infrastructure, including strong knowledge of principles, policies and procedures, including risk assessment and evaluation of risk likelihood and consequences.

-Through knowledge of the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research Lab and the Department of Geography's mission, vision, and goals.

- Experience in broadcast operations.

Special Conditions of Employment


Special Instructions

For full consideration, please include a resume and a cover letter as part of your application.


Job Functions/Percentage of Time/Duties

Broadcast Management 30%/daily 

Works collaboratively with Dangermond Chair on content, then launches, produces, coordinates, edits, and administers a podcast. Manages the podcasting facility and oversees programming, production, scheduling, training, digital and / or analog editing, tracking of expenses/accounting, and organizing related events. Helps set the tone to support building an inclusive culture.

Writing & Graphics 30%/daily

Responsible for the graphic design of marketing posters, DigiKnows, Ellison Hall Lobby Kiosk; and other electronic marketing material as needed. Writes press releases on research activities. Writes content for website. Assists with writing and graphics for proposals and prepares material to build relationships between academic and industry partners.

Web & Social Media 15%/daily

Responsible for the creation and management of the Lab and related websites as well as social media content, calendaring, and pushes for the Lab and the Dangermond Chair. Researches and establishes partnerships for social media content to extend the outreach for the group.

Outreach & Donor Relations 15%/daily

Works collaboratively with the Dangermond Chair and helps identify donors and industry partners and assists with their engagement. Coordinates engagement events. Designs, builds, and maintains a databases tracking alumni and donor/industry engagement. Assists Dangermond Chair with the promotion of citizen science projects.

Graphic Identity 10%/daily

Independently develops and manages branding, logos, and templates and ensures the consistency of use on multiple platforms. Creates shared files for team members to share graphics, and is responsible for updating and managing this shared file system.

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