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Communications Manager - UW Department of Epidemiology

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Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11967
Posted: October 30, 2017

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. 

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for four consecutive years.  

The Department of Epidemiology, part of the UW School of Public Health, is consistently rated as one of the top epidemiology departments in the United States.  There are approximately 70 faculty in the department. Additionally, more than one hundred health professionals and scientists hold adjunct and affiliate appointments. Faculty research is highly interdisciplinary and encompasses a broad range of topics, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, cardiovascular disease, maternal and child health, injury, trauma and violence, women’s health, diseases of aging, and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to infectious agents, faculty research focuses on behavioral, nutritional, genetic, metabolic, environmental and medical factors associated with disease risk and disease outcome. 

The Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Communications Manager. 

Reporting directly to the department Chair, the Communications Manager provides a full spectrum of communications, public relations, marketing, and design resources to support the educational and research mission of the department. The Communications Manager will formulate and strategically oversee an annual communications plan, assessing opportunities and evaluating department communications needs. Activities include managing internal and external communications of the department; maintaining a strong brand for the department, including impactful publications, print collateral, and website assets; coordinating media and public relations activities to promote the department to external audiences; and providing management and support to communications team staff. The Communications Manager is the primary liaison between the department and other UW and external communications, media, and marketing personnel. 

Writing and Producing Content 

  • Develop and manage content calendar, ensuring consistency and quality of content production and messaging across channels. 
  • With communications team support, draft and distribute news stories, press releases, profiles, and research features designed to increase brand awareness. 
  • Develop relationships with key media in strategic topic areas to grow media coverage among external audiences. Monitor press related to the department in order to maximize opportunities for positive PR. 
  • Provide writing, editing, and creative support, as needed, for Chair communications. 

    Communications Administration and Advancement Support 
  • Formulate and oversee an annual communications plan and budget. Monitor and measure the impact of communications efforts to evaluate needs and opportunities. 
  • Collaborate with departmental Chair and SPH Advancement staff to develop and execute a fundraising plan to engage external constituencies and individual supporters: alumni, friends, foundations, industry, etc. 
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of emerging communications trends and integrate these practices into strategic initiatives. Participate in SPH and UW Web and Marketing forums to ensure department remains up-to-date with best practices. 
  • Develop communications success metrics and share with Chair on a quarterly basis. 
  • Supervise and mentor other department communications staff (currently 1.0FTE Professional Staff). 

    Web Development and Maintenance 

  • Serve as webmaster. Coordinate with web development partners on technical website issues and ongoing maintenance. 
  • Implement improvements in design, content, and usability. Lead special web projects working cross-functionally with partners and stakeholders. 
  • Measure website metrics and other analytics against communications goals to guide priorities. 

    Design, Marketing, and Branding 

  • Maintain and revise, as needed, department branding guidelines; understand and incorporate School of Public Health and UW branding guidelines in conjunction with departmental branding guidelines. 
  • Design, create, and order departmental publications and promotional materials. Create visual assets for sharing across digital channels. 
  • Produce promotional materials for department-sponsored seminars, academic programs, advancement events, and recruitment initiatives. 

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. 




  • At least 3 years of experience with: 
          - Content management systems 
          - Basic HTML 
          - Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator) 
          - Microsoft Office 
          - Project management and budget planning 
          - Writing, editing, and proofreading 
          - SEO and web analytics 
          - Social media management 
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate professionally, clearly, and empathetically in all forms of communications, e.g., verbal and written, one-on-one, and in groups. 
  • Experience working independently, and as both a member and leader of a team. 
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems, take initiative, set priorities, and handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively. 
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply new or unfamiliar technologies. 

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. 


  • Master’s degree in a related field. 
  • Experience and proficiency with Drupal 
  • Experience maintaining accessible websites that meet the WC3 Web Accessibility Initiative Guidelines. 
  • Experience working in an academic environment. 
  • Prior experience with staff supervision and mentoring 


How to Apply:


Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check. 

Application Process: 
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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