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Events and Communication Manager

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Business Administration/Management, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Journalism/Communication

Department: School of Journalism & Communication
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $44,000 - $51,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA05-Fiscal Year 2018-2019
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
February 27, 2019; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete online applications must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Department Summary
The SOJC is an ACEJMC-accredited program with a century-long history at the University of Oregon, which is a comprehensive research university and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Our program thrives as a journalism and communication school known for innovation, ethics, and action. We offer four undergraduate concentrations (in advertising, journalism, media studies, and public relations), five professional and academic master’s programs, and a doctoral program in media studies.

The Communications Office at the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) plays a key role in advancing the strategic objectives of the school and the university, including recruiting talented students and faculty, inspiring alumni and donor support, and enhancing the national reputation of the school.

Position Summary
The Events and Communication Manager reports to the Director of Communication and serves as the project manager for 10–15 signature events each year. This position develops and leads projects for internal and external events, delegates and oversees project responsibilities, and coordinates project efforts with other communication staff, school leadership, and stakeholders. Events may include commencement, alumni and donor gatherings, lectures, conferences, galas, student recruitment events, and award ceremonies.

This position requires independent discretion in decision-making to align events and communication strategies with the SOJC brand, proactive communication skills, and exceptional attention to detail. The individual will have a budget authority of up to $30,000 within the scope of each project, and responsibilities will include setting budgets, researching and hiring vendors, supervising event staff volunteers, and purchasing supplies.

The Events and Communication Manager will also collaborate with the SOJC Communication team to lead initiatives and support ongoing communication work. This includes serving as the point person for SOJC social media channels, managing creative projects for events, writing event-related copy and materials, and contributing to strategic planning brand identity. The position supervises 2–3 student interns.

Minimum Requirements
• A bachelor’s degree in strategic communication, public relations, business/marketing, or closely related field.
• Three years of experience in an agency, higher education, corporate communications, or similar environment leading communications projects in a team environment.
• One year of direct experience in event planning.

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated ability working with multiple stakeholders to create strategic and cohesive event experiences.
• Excellent organizational, project management, and oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to manage vendor selection, invoice processing, and other budget-related duties.
• Ability to set schedules, prioritize work, and manage multiple deadlines effectively and independently.
• Ability to deal with ambiguity and shift gears comfortably when situations change.
• Ability to take the initiative to assess and accomplish tasks required, research solutions, and improve processes if necessary.
• Ability to travel locally and regionally as well as work evenings and weekends (as needed).
• Commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds in an inclusive, welcoming environment.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience managing or advising junior employees or interns.
• Experience managing social media channels to support organizational goals.
• Experience working in project management programs such as Basecamp, Asana, or Wrike.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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