Sr. Communications Specialist | University of Southern California (USC) - Military Veterans

at HERC - Southern California

Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the worldâ??s leading private research universities.  An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology, and international business, USC is also one of the largest private employers in the City of Los Angeles.  We are searching for exceptional individuals to help us fulfill our mission: Developing individuals and society as a whole through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit.  Job Summary The Sr. Communications Specialist plays a key role on the HR, Equity, and Compliance (HREC) divisionâ??s Strategic Communications team by overseeing and reviewing content creation, ensuring clear, engaging communications to USCâ??s faculty and staff. The Sr. Communications Specialist partners with writers and designers to create recommendations for and lead strategy and execution for engagement-related content programs. The Sr. Communications Specialist aligns messaging and supporting needs for change and transition initiatives, and supports efforts surround all HREC content channels including executive communications, newsletters, websites, and social media. They manage departmental public relations efforts, maintaining customer-experience continuity and consistency for a school or divisionâ??s brand. This role executes USCâ??s vision while championing the universityâ??s Unifying Values. Job Accountabilities: The candidate for the position of Sr. Communications Specialist : Oversees and reviews content creation and development, ensuring clear, engaging communications are developed and disseminated to staff and a broad range of customers, partners, and stakeholders. Develops content for publications and presentations (e.g., websites, newsletters, executive messages, and speech writing). Manages structural leadership on objectives, strategies, and plans by assisting with the review and approval process for internal communications. Collaborates with the organizational engagement team, aligning messaging and supporting needs for change and transition initiatives. Maintains currency with university projects, steering and advisory committees, campus-wide initiatives, and technology events and councils, to sustain and further build comprehensive understanding of key constituent groups. Leads development efforts regarding documentation, intranet, and social media presence. Reviews and manages changes and updates to antiquated or obsolete documentation. Supports efforts to streamline messaging, providing consultation support to leaders, departments, and project teams. Manages departmental public relations efforts (e.g., content for specific audiences, social media outreach), maintaining customer-experience continuity and consistency for a school or divisionâ??s brand, image, and voice. Performs impact analyses for different communication channels. Defines communication and distribution policies and procedures, developing and refining staff distribution channels. Aids the cultivation of an inclusive environment and a culture of trust and transparency, sharing information broadly, openly, and deliberately. Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with diverse team members, peers, and leaders. Actively embodies values and behaviors (e.g., accountability, ethics, best- in-class customer service). Aligns messaging and supports communication needs for change and transition initiatives. Collaborates with team members and management, implementing effective communications, engagement, and culture solutions to support the departmentâ??s vision. Maintains currency with technology, standards, and best practices. Supports process improvement efforts within and across teams. Works closely with team members and management, implementing effective communications, engagement, and culture solutions to support the departmentâ??s vision. Maintains currency with technology, standards, and best practices. Supports process improvement efforts within and across teams. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time. Minimum Qualifications: The candidate for the position of Sr. Communications Specialist must meet the following qualifications: Bachelor's degree or combined experience/education as substitute Five yearsâ?? experience in communications, marketing, higher education, or related fields. Excellent written and oral communication skills, and proven copyediting experience. Exemplary understanding of the nuanced messaging required for various audiences and distribution channels. Demonstrated understanding or experience managing public relations and solid grasp of professionally utilizing social media platforms. Experience with large and complex distribution lists. Ability to interpret, analyze, and apply pertinent policies, procedures, regulations, and requirements. Ability to build, develop, and manage positive working relationships with diverse, high-performing teams. Proven ability to provide both detailed information as well as summaries to management-level individuals and groups, and experience presenting technical topics to non-technical audiences. Preferred Qualifications The ideal candidate for the position of Sr. Communications Specialist has the following qualifications: Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or a related field. Experience working in higher education administration or governmental administration (e.g., federal, state, or local legislative or executive administration). Oversees and reviews content creation and development, ensuring clear, engaging communications. Manages structural leadership on objectives, strategies, and plans, aligning messaging and supporting needs for change and transition initiatives. Leads development efforts regarding documentation, intranet, and social media presence. Manages departmental public relations efforts, maintaining customer-experience continuity and consistency for a school or divisionâ??s brand.

Los Angeles, California

Southern California HERC, established in 2003, is a non-profit organization composed of a diverse group of colleges and universities, and research, medical, and cultural institutions. Our institutions are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the recruitment process and providing a work environment sensitive to work/life balance. We also understand that employment decisions often involve two careers and offer state of the art dual career resources and solutions. SoCal HERC includes members from the Central Coast, Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire, and San Diego.

HERC is a gateway to more jobs in higher education and related fields than any other website. HERC provides job seekers with comprehensive and transparent access to job opportunities, daily job alerts, career advice news and webinars, dual career support, and regional multicultural resources to help with relocating to a new community.

SoCal HERC Member Institutions:

Antioch University, Azusa Pacific, University Cal Tech

CSU Fullerton, CSU Northridge,  CSU San Bernardino 

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Chapman University, Citrus College

Concordia University Irvine, Grossmont-Cuyamaca CCD, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine 

Loyola Marymount University, MiraCosta Community College, Mount St. Mary’s University

North Orange County CCD, Occidental College,  Pacific Oaks College & Childrens School 

Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego State University, Soka University of America

The Claremont Colleges, The Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, UC Path Center

UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside

UCSD, University of Redlands, University of San Diego

University of Southern California, Vanguard University, Whittier College

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