Communications Specialist (Remote) - Provost Office

Brookings Hall

Scheduled Hours


Position Summary

The Communication Specialist is responsible for producing written work and managing writing communication for both internal and external audiences for the School of Public Health and the Dean. The person in this role will be responsible for working with the Dean to write and publish content that elevates the School, across media outlets. The ideal candidate would have excellent writing skills, determination, and attention to detail. In addition to writing content that shall be published in various fora, this person would be responsible for helping direct media and social media strategy, with the larger goal of ever increasing the School’s footprint in the world. The person in this position will also work with the Dean to create, and create content for, novel forms of communication that are appropriate for a growing school, including podcasts, conversation threads, and other opportunities as arise. The person in this position will also liaise with the University’s Communications Department, responsible for communicating the school’s messages. A new School of Public Health is a rapid, dynamic, and fluid, requiring high levels of executive functioning, rapid processing, and superior organization

Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develops, implements and evaluates communications strategy targeting internal and external stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, community partners, alumni, parents, donors and prospective donors.
  • Serves as project manager for content creation and marketing communications, working with the Dean to generate pieces that elevate the voice of the School of Public Health.
  • Cultivates, writes, edits and disseminates stories for both internal and external audiences. Designs or supervises design of visually appealing and relevant content for electronic and print distribution.
  • Creates, manages and sustains an impactful online presence through social media, website and/or targeted email marketing to internal and external stakeholders. Engage faculty across Schools; advancing interdisciplinary communication.
  • Keeps a running list of media contacts, updated in real time.
  • Suggests media contacts to engage.
  • Stewards and maintains relationships with media connections on behalf of the School.
  • Supports the Dean and Dean's Office by drafting remarks for the Dean for speaking engagements and provides administrative help as needed.
  • Assists in researching, fact checking, and organizing details for long-form writing..
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in business administration, marketing, communications, journalism, English or related field.
  • Five or more years of progressive responsibility in the area of marketing communications.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic communications and experience integrating the latest technologies to support communications objectives.
  • Experience in generating and using market research data to drive plan development.
  • Experience with fundraising communications.
  • Professional experience in nonprofits, civic engagement, public service, community development, higher education, K-12 education, social movements and/or domestic/international volunteering.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, planning, problem-solving and project management skills. Strong time management, attention to detail, ability to manage multiple priorities and ability to forecast and plan work across teams, while maintaining a landscape view of priorities, values and vision.
  • Passionate storyteller with superior writing and editing skills and sensitivity to nuance and tone.
  • Proficient design skills, comfort with Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign and excellent eye for creating and reviewing visual communications.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability and sensitivity in interacting with – and developing compelling communications for – a racially, culturally and socioeconomically diverse range of stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, campus colleagues, alumni, community partners, donors and prospective donors and senior-level administrators and external advisors. Commitment to continuous learning about cultural humility and equity.
  • Energy, vision, initiative, creativity, empathy, humility, tolerance for ambiguity, ability to embrace and navigate change, sound judgment, diplomacy, tact and sense of humor.
  • Enthusiasm and ability to work in a dynamic, highly collaborative environment with multiple functions, audiences and priorities.
  • Experience in using CRM systems to develop and manage constituent relationships. Experience in using data from these systems to develop and execute targeted communications via e-mail campaign management systems.
  • Ability to identify, learn, integrate, utilize and train others on electronic tools that enhance work productivity and effectiveness.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, business administration, English, or related field.
  • Three years of progressive responsibility in related area.



Salary Range

$52,000.00 - $88,800.00 / Annually

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


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Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement


  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.

  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.

  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.

  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.

  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

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Job Profile


10 recognized holidays Competitive health insurance packages Forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 Free Metro transit U-Pass Health insurance Up to 22 days of vacation


Analytical Content Creation Marketing Communications Project Management Social Media Strategy Writing

  • Design visually appealing content
  • Develop communications strategy
  • Engage with media contacts
  • Manage online presence through social media
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Performs other duties
  • Project management for content creation
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Support Dean with speaking engagements
  • Write and disseminate stories

5 years


Business Communications Education English Journalism Marketing Master's degree Master's Degree in Business Administration