Under the supervision of the Associate Director, Marketing and Production, the Marketing and Production Specialist manages the planning, implementation and production of a variety of projects for the Development and Alumni Relations division requiring creative services from the Communications team. Projects may include but are not limited to print, email, web, social media and video. The marketing and production specialist works closely with internal writers, web developers, graphic designers and a production team, as well as with external communications vendors (design firms, printers, mail houses, etc.) and campus constituents (Rice Public Affairs, academic schools, etc.) to ensure that projects are completed efficiently, on time and at the highest level of quality.
This position currently has a hybrid work arrangement, with a minimum of two days per week in the office.
The ideal candidate exhibits a high degree of organization and professionalism, works well independently and as part of a highly collaborative team, and has experience working with a variety of clients and vendors.
Develops the communication and brand strategy for individual program(s)
Writes, designs and coordinates the production of communication and marketing materials
Recommends integrated marketing plans / programs and strategies to meet business objectives
Guides event planning and execution as needed to support marketing objectives
Assists in vendor management on specific projects
Conducts market research and analysis used to inform decisions regarding strategic marketing direction, product segmentation and customer targeting
Assesses market opportunities and track market trends
Recommends marketing improvements based on findings
Performs all other duties as assigned
Coordinates the Communications team's production of a variety of communication pieces, including mass appeals, engagement and stewardship pieces, e-newsletters, event invitations and more
Establishes and maintains project schedules, including a master communications calendar
Tracks deliverables with various team members and assists in drafting creative briefs
Leads weekly project status meetings and oversees the editorial review process as needed
Assists in preparing marketing reports and coordinates debriefs after major projects to ensure best practices
Processes communications invoices for payment and maintains accounting data to reflect expenses by project
Written, email and telephone contact with students and all levels of faculty and administration
Written, email and telephone contact with donors, alumni, volunteers and external vendors
Occasional attendance at after-hours departmental events on or off campus may be required
One year of related professional experience, which includes (a) coordination of web and print communication projects, and/or (b) overall planning, calendar management and administrative responsibilities.
Strong oral and written communication skills
Organized and creative
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
No substitutions for education or experience allowed
Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, public relations, English or liberal arts
Two or more years' experience coordinating web and print communication projects
Experience in higher education
Experience in a marketing environment
Project management experience
Experience with Blackbaud Internet Solutions and/or Blackbaud CRM
Experience in a PC Windows environment
Ability to take direction and work to meet expected deadlines and schedules
Strong listening skills
Demonstrated team player
Strong Microsoft Office skills, particularly with Microsoft Excel
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