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Communications Specialist

Company: The University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City
Posted on: January 17, 2020

Job Description:



Job Description:

The newly renamed University of Iowa Technology Institute (ITI) is seeking a collaborative, highly skilled Communications Specialist to support its marketing and communications strategies.

The communications specialist role is a full-time position that contributes to the research mission of ITI by communicating ITI's research to targeted audiences through the creative delivery of social media, web content, and story-telling; developing and executing marketing strategies for ITI to build and strengthen connections with research and industry sponsors and donors; and working with ITI's leadership to lead campaigns and outreach efforts for branding ITI as a leading center for applied research in the nation. This position was recently created as part of ITI's strategic growth. Salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: creating content and selecting appropriate communication channels; coordinating and composing press releases and other media; organizing public outreach activities; and creating survey tools and analyzing data.

Qualifications include, but are not limited to:



  • Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Extensive (typically defined as a minimum of two years of experience) of outreach or marketing experience, including developing/editing website media content for public consumption.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse teams.



    The University of Iowa's College of Engineering (CoE) is comprised of forward-thinking academic departments and dynamic research centers. The University of Iowa Technology Institute (ITI), which was founded in 1981 and originally named the Center for Computer Aided Design, is a research center with a long tradition of excellence in basic and applied research surrounding modeling and simulation. ITI has expanded into many other research thrusts, such as aerospace technology, driving and transportation, military equipment analysis, human performance and human systems integration, chemical and biological materials, autonomous systems and sensors, virtual and augmented reality, environmental modeling, and renewable energy. About ITI and the University of Iowa:

    With over 200 scientists, faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, ITI has sustained substantial growth over the past several years and has created many strategic partnerships with government and corporate entities. Funding agencies and companies include the US Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and companies such as Ford, GM, Chrysler, Rockwell Collins, John Deere, Caterpillar, NASA, and many others. With over 18 laboratories and specialized research facilities, ITI offers our partners and clients with a significant value add to R&D efforts. UITI has annual expenditures of more than $10M.

    The University of Iowa is located along the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, a city of some 77,000 people (170,000+ in the metro area) and is ranked as one of the nation's best places to live. Iowa City is less than four hours from Chicago and within five hours of Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, readily accessible via interstate highways with a regional airport 30 minutes away. It is designated the world's third City of Literature (UNESCO, 2008). It is a community built around higher education, with vibrant cultural opportunities, excellent public K-12 schools, and a history of international connections.

    University employees are encouraged to have a healthy work-life balance and have access to generous benefits. These include flexible work schedules, professional development, a monthly vacation accrual of 16 hours (two days), and other excellent benefits that are competitive with private businesses. We encourage you to review our benefits summary here. The University of Iowa is committed to providing opportunities for faculty and staff employees to Build a Career - Build a Life.

    The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


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