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Assistant Director Digital Communications

Apply now Job no: 529901
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing

Department: University Communications
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $60,000 - $65,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA07-Fiscal Year 2022-2023
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

August 8, 2022; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit the following with your online application:
• A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and requirements outlined in the job announcement.
• A resume of your educational and professional work experience.

Department Summary

The department of University Communications is charged with telling the University of Oregon’s (UO) stories to a broad range of audiences and positioning the university to succeed and thrive. The department utilizes and manages a comprehensive suite of communications tools, including public relations, branding, advertising, licensing, digital media, and more for the benefit of the university.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, the Assistant Director of Digital Communications will be responsible for managing a team that oversees the content design and content management on UO websites, ensuring that sites reflect data gathered from user experience testing and web analytics.

The person in this position works closely with the director of user experience and communications staff to determine strategies for user experience and information architecture. This person oversees content creation within web layouts, and makes decisions in conjunction with communications staff about how user experience and analytics drive website creation.

This person and their team write documentation and provide support for users of websites managed by the web services team. The position oversees a team that systematically monitors and reports on web analytics and adjusts content strategy according to data gathered from UX testing and analytics.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications, or a closely-related field.
• Three years of experience in strategic communications experience working with digital communications channels, including designing pages, laying out web content, writing content, selecting photography and aligning timelines with strategic priorities.

Professional Competencies

• Advanced ability with web analytics tools, preferably Google Analytics and Google Webmaster tools.
• Expert editing skills using Drupal and/or Wordpress and AP and Chicago style.
• Intermediate HTML skills and extensive experience in Drupal.
• Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
• Ability to manage people, work effectively with wide variety of people across multiple units and agencies to develop strategies to achieve operating goals.
• Familiarity with principles of search engine optimization.
• Commitment to and experience with promoting and enhancing diversity and equity.
• Ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience applying communications skills in higher education.
• Experience in user experience design and monitoring.
• Experience managing and monitoring social media in higher education setting using industry standard monitoring tools such as Hootsuite.

FLSA Exempt: Yes


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

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