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University Development Communications Assistant - University Development

Apply now Job no: 493907
Position type: PSS - Professional Support Staff
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: University Development

Essential Functions:

  • Acts with a high degree of independence while leading and facilitating communications projects including print, email, web, and video projects that attract and retain donors to GVSU.
  • Facilitates and organizes content for print and digital communications that illustrate donor impact.
  • Assists with managing multiple projects at different stages of development in alignment with the specifications and deadlines of internal and external customers and maintains good internal customer relationships.
  • Initiates, communicates, and maintains relationships with vendors overseeing quality and adherence to timing and budgets.
  • Creates purchase orders in Internet Native Banner for communication projects as needed.
  • Compiles and logically formats statistical data and reports. Maintains, processes and manipulates data on a personal computer using word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications.
  • Documents and maintains department processes, including, but not limited to, daily tasks, data collection, reporting, and policies and procedures.
  • Receives information and requests from diverse publics, both internal and external to the University, and determines the appropriate way to handle.
  • Processes and maintains all information in a confidential and professional manner.
  • Creates, maintains, and updates files and record keeping systems; paper and/or computerized.
  • Mentors, trains, and helps oversee student employees.
  • Provides administrative support for the Communications team. This may include such tasks as meeting set up and preparation, video shoot scheduling, travel arrangements, and other clerical tasks for the team as assigned.
  • Shares in clerical/administrative support for the development department as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Minimum of four years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills.
  • Experience with various computer software applications such as Microsoft Office and/or equivalent.
  • Data entry experience.
  • Typing and spelling competency with grammar and proofreading skills.
  • Possess strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully provide quality customer service.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully work independently, organize own work and coordinate work activities of others.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully coordinate large projects.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully handle multiple demands efficiently.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully organize and prioritize workload.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully navigate challenging situations in the workplace, while using good judgement.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully maintain satisfactory work performance and attendance records.
  • Ability to successfully maintain positive intercultural and interpersonal relationships.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field.
  • Experience in a fast-paced marketing communications environment.
  • Communications project management experience.
  • Content creation including demonstrated communications writing expertise.
  • Experience in development for a non-profit organization.
  • Demonstrated technical comfort and experience to successfully use the Microsoft and Adobe suite products, donor/customer databases, web content management systems, and email distribution systems.

Supervision Received:

Receives minimal supervision from a designated supervisor. Most of the work is self-initiated. Person is expected to function with considerable independence and apply appropriate policies and procedures within the assigned area of responsibility.

Supervision Exercised:

Hire, train, schedule and coordinate the work of student employees and may act as lead worker to PSS staff members within the department/unit/division.

Physical Demands:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function 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 individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

Salary: C-4 Level. Minimum starting salary of $20.17

Campus: Grand Rapids

Application Deadline: January 25, 2022

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 8am - 5pm

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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