Stanford University is one of the world's premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives.
This position is a six-month fixed-term Communications Specialist role with full benefits within the HR Communications team, which is one of seven departments within University Human Resources (UHR). UHR is a central unit that manages an amazing array of services, programs and plans to support our valued employees, candidates, and retirees.
This position is full-time and with a hybrid work arrangement, which offers a mix of on-site and at-home work; the on-site location is the Stanford Redwood City campus. If you can communicate about employee services, programs and projects, are able to visually bring words to life, and have experience managing communications projects, this role is meant for you. These are the primary responsibilities:
Develop communications plans that help employees understand the services, programs
Execute the plans by developing multi-channel communications from feature articles, event promotions and display ads, announcements, digital mailings, web content, leadership messaging, or other content
Your focus: Supporting a positive employee experience with effective communications The work of the individual in this position will be focused on communications for a variety of important employee programs and projects, including benefits and wellness, professional development, staff onboarding, employee experience, and more. In short, the work of the person in this position will have an immediate and positive impact on the Stanford community!
Collaborate with partners and communications colleagues to create communication plans to advance programs, services, or initiatives that UHR business partners are driving, including creating project plans, tracking execution and audience viewer stats, as well as other relevant communications data.
Develop visually engaging campaigns that incorporate the use of graphics, video, PowerPoint, or other media that achieve communication goals.
Create supporting communications to support engagement, such as online polls, photo galleries, online sign-up/registration forms, etc.
Use effective and efficient project management strategies, approaches, and tools to ensure that plans are effectively executed and tracked with business partners and within HRC as part of the content management process.
Learn and make use of a suite of tools and applications that support communications work, including but not limited to digital marketing platforms, project management applications, graphic design software, website content management systems, and more.
Using collaborative and agile approaches and skills, effectively partner with UHR, HRC, and other groups to achieve intended business results.
*Other duties may also be assigned
Demonstrated ability to produce content for different channels, such as articles, webpages/websites, digital mailings, print, or other channels that are effective in engaging target audiences.
Demonstrated ability to produce visually engaging materials that accompany written content, such as, but not limited to, presentations, graphics, infographics, videos, or images.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with subject matter experts to produce detailed strategic communication plans.
Ability to work with agility in a fast-paced environment.
Experience using Smartsheet, Google forms/slides/documents, Canva, Drupal content management system, Adobe creative suite, and Bitly or similar applications and platforms.
Minimum Requirements: Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience; or a combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Previous experience in product, program and/or services marketing.
Ability to drive cross-functional groups toward a common goal.
Experience with project management and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Understands how to implement integrated marketing programs across channels including digital and print.
Experience with market research and data analysis.
Demonstrated problem solver.
Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
Certifications and Licenses: None
Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
Rarely sort/file paperwork.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Why work at Stanford?Stanford University has changed the world, over and over again.We are one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career.At Stanford you'll work with bright, diverse, dedicated people. You'll find encouragement to learn and grow. You'll enjoy excellent benefits and an outstanding environment. How will it change you?