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The Communication Department is housed in the Social Sciences Division of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington. The Department provides a rigorous environment for highly motivated students looking for a profound educational experience within the discipline of Communication. The Department has 29 full-time faculty and 16 staff members serving on average 800 undergraduate majors, 200 graduate students as well as non-majors enrolled in courses. The Communication Leadership graduate program (Comm Lead) is a professional degree program, established in the Department in 2000. There are roughly 150 Comm Lead graduate students enrolled each year, divided between two degrees: the Master of Communication in Digital Media, and the Master of Communication in Communities and Networks.
Our Communication Department has an outstanding opportunity for an experienced Head of Creative Strategy for Comm Lead. This is a 100% FTE Professional Staff appointment. This is an exciting opportunity to consolidate and expand a robust masters program at the heart of a large, public research university. This position reports to the Director of Comm Lead.
The Head of Creative Strategy operates as part of the Comm Lead leadership team. Comm Lead seeks to leverage industry need for storytelling skills into high-value curricular opportunities for students, to maximize beyond-the- classroom learning, and to provide one-to-one academic support for students as they pursue storytelling technologies. This person provides direction for academic programs related to storytelling and digital media production, oversees and produces content showcasing student work, and serves as a resource for students building professional skills in these fields. This position will also teach one 5-credit storytelling elective course annually.
The Head of Creative Strategy must be adept at high-level communication, strategic thinking, planning, prioritizing and relationship building amongst a variety of audiences and across diverse contexts. A commitment to student mentorship, curricular design, and content curation is a must.
Limited Recruitment - Open to UW Employees Only
Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, or related field.
Four to five years of related experience in the workplace, i.e., Multimedia storytelling, content strategy and/or digital journalism.
Experience teaching, project managing or advising students or young professionals using a strongly relational, "high touch" approach, an entrepreneurial approach to communication and new platforms.
Teachable understanding of latest digital media technologies, professional communications strategies and social media trends
Strong grasp of and enthusiasm for storytelling theory and practice
Organizational/project management skills
Enthusiasm and ability to elevate student experiences and enable their success
Proven ability in strategic content creation and distribution, understanding of organizational storytelling
Understanding of pedagogical practice and experience with curriculum design
Strong written communication and content editing skills
Strong interpersonal skills: a professional manner with the ability to work well with diverse populations via phone, in writing, and in person; ability to communicate clearly, diplomatically and effectively; demonstrated ability to manage a number of complex, multifaceted relationships and tasks simultaneously
Proven organizational and project management skills: ability to problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects, and exercise good judgment in a fast paced, dynamic, deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team with a high level of initiative
Ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle confidential and sensitive information in an appropriate manner
Proficiency with personal computing environment, including data and content management systems
Experience with digital social media and technology for networking purposes
Aptitude and willingness to learn proprietary software and systems quickly
Must value and contribute to the UW's commitment to inclusiveness and diversity
Flexibility to meet changing needs
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Experience working in/with an interdisciplinary or liberal arts educational context Proficiency using Adobe Creative Suite, HTML
Deeper understanding of the University of Washington Communication Department and Communication Leadership Masters Program specifically, either through direct affiliation or collaborative work
Experience incorporating University of Washington specific branding and brand tenets into relative communication vehicles, digital and printed
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary, on short or limited notice. Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and be willing to travel when necessary. Some local, regional and out-of-state travel is possible.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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