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Assistant Director, Programming and Communication - Graduate School

Apply now Job no: 493901
Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: College of Education and Community Innovation

The Assistant Director for Programming and Communication drives partnership and outreach to graduate programs and faculty, and current or potential graduate students through programmatic, editorial, and community engagement to meet the mission of the Graduate School and support GVSU’s strategic goals.

Responsibilities - Essential Functions:

  1. Conduct market research in support of GVSU’s ability to offer new graduate programming.
  2. Expand graduate faculty and graduate student engagement in curricular and co-curricular activities through a multi-channel strategy, identifying new opportunities for promoting engagement; and implementing the design and production of assigned projects.
  3. Provide creative and strategic direction and project/content management for all office communications, including social media, websites, newsletters, audio-visual content, event promotion, and department publications.
  4. Plan and facilitate special events and functions, including the preparation of materials and event logistics for New Graduate Student Orientations, the Graduate School Celebrations, the Graduate Showcase event, and the 3-minute Thesis Competition.
  5. Design and facilitate the project, thesis, and dissertation workshops and other co-curricular activities (track enrollees, workshop logistics, event promotion, handouts/materials – flow charts, etc.); review all final thesis and dissertation documents for compliance with university policies, continuous enrollment requirements, and coordinate the approval and dissemination of all final documents.
  6. Administrate the Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Studies (MIGS) Program, review applications from non-degree seeking graduate students, prepare and review petitions for exceptions to university graduate education policies and leave of absence requests, and process professional learning credit requests.
  7. Remain current with emerging digital media practices, as well as data collection and analysis.
  8. Supervise undergraduate and graduate student workers in data collection, writing, editing, multimedia content, and related areas.
  9. Performs other duties as required/assigned by associate vice-provost.

Required Qualifications and Educations:

  • Master’s degree required. A background in Marketing, Communication, Journalism, Education, or related field preferred.
  • 3+ years of experience managing social and digital media with proven experience in planning, delivering, and measuring event outcomes campaigns.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in digital engagement and communication and data collection and management.
  • Experience creating dynamic content for engaging various educational communities.
  • Experience using a range of social media management tools, as well as social media metrics.
  • Excellent oral, written and editing skills that demonstrate an eye for detail and a passion, charisma, leadership and poise for faculty, students, and staff at GVSU.
  • A strong intellectual curiosity with a commitment to innovation and solution generation.
  • Periodic availability outside of normal business hours.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Normal office environment.  Some travel may be required.

Physical Demands 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individual currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills which may be required.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Department/Division: Graduate School/Division of Graduate and Lifetime Learning

Campus: Grand Rapids

Application Deadline: Consideration of applications will begin immediately and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

How to Apply: Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select “Apply Now”. Please include a cover letter and resume.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references.  Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview.  If you need assistance, please call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Job Type: Full Time, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall, titleix@gvsu.edu, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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