Communications Coordinator

The FNR Communications Coordinator will lead and manage internal and external communications for the department to strategically increase awareness and educate state, national, and global audiences about FNR's discovery, learning and engagement activities. Work closely with the FNR Department Head to ensure key stakeholders are being reached through communication efforts.  Coordinate with faculty, staff, students, and others to ensure open and consistent messaging.

Responsibilities and Duties
Work independently and collaboratively to provide daily operational support in the planning, coordination, and execution of FNR communications, activities, and events, including: 

  • Writing, editing, proofreading, and serving as a communications consultant for printed, promotional and digital materials, social media sites, web content, video scripts, and other forms of electronic media such as e-newsletters, website copy and stories; ensuring that materials align with the Department's communications strategy.
  • Providing guidance and assistance to FNR faculty and staff in applying messaging and themes in a variety of settings and applications.
  • Organizing communication logistics, developing agendas, preparing materials, and synthesizing departmental information.
  • Taking photographs of events as required for departmental events.

​Lead FNR’s media relations strategy by:

  • Responding to media inquiries and providing images, video, and other materials for broadcasting and online media.
  • Writing media advisories/press releases and prepare media kits; and coordinating media activities with Purdue and College of Agriculture communications departments.
  • Establishing/maintaining relationships with members of the media, in particular media that reaches the FNR stakeholder community; identify and pitch stories for placement in print.
  • Coordinating with Purdue and College of Agriculture communications departments, maintain relationships with media that reaches the FNR stakeholder community; identifying and pitching stories for placement in print.
  • Adapting messaging across key FNR audiences and multiple platforms, including print, online and multimedia services and products.
  •  Utilizing analytics to report on the impact of implemented communication projects.
  • Developing communication that will help increase student recruitment success and strengthening donor/alumni relationships.

Serve as Chair of the FNR Communications Committee, including:

  • Calling and leading regular meetings of the committee.
  • Coordinating strategic communications in collaboration with a team of specialists responsible for departmental communications with various stakeholder audiences.
  • Serving as FNR’s liaison on all communications with Purdue and College of Agriculture communications departments.
  • Leading, updating, and implementing FNR’s communications plan to ensure effective communications between FNR and its stakeholders.
  • Recommending and implementing adjustments to communications strategies as needed.

Leading refinement and implementation of the Spotlight Content Management System with Purdue’s Krannert Business School for use by FNR faculty, staff, and students in departmental communications.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, English, journalism, or related field
  • 2 years of relevant experience
  • Experience with Project Management and working as a member of a creative team
  • Strong writing, editing and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of web publishing and layout/design software, such as Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver)
  • Ability to create content for social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) along with knowledge of online tools utilized for social media posts
  • Ability to adapt to shifting priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to strategically develop, implement and facilitate communication plans
  • Ability to lead diverse teams and share expertise
  • Ability to consult and interact with multiple subject matter experts; coordinate review of communications products; compile and respond to suggestions from colleagues and leadership; track product development; and refine product into a final format
  • Ability to communicate complex messages to diverse and multidisciplinary audiences
  • Strong organizational and time management skills and a keen attention to detail
  • Ability to travel as required to FNR events across the state, region, and nationally
  • Valid U.S. or Canadian driver's license

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

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