The College Of William Mary

The College Of William Mary

Communications Associate

Position Information

Position Information

Present Position Number 00945W

Role Code Title PR & Marketing Specialist II Position Title Communications Associate Unit Mission Statement

The Global Research Institute (GRI) empowers teams of William & Mary students and faculty to make a difference in the world. We are a multidisciplinary hub that applies scholarly research to real world problems, investing in outstanding student and faculty scholars to catalyze new insights and cultivate the next generation of global leaders. Based in the Office of the Provost, GRI supports a whole of university approach to advance W&M by developing ideas, convening partners, creating and analyzing data, and inventing new methods. The Institute's approach to incubate and scale and applied research helps researchers push research frontiers and produce insights that matter at W&M and beyond. At any time, under the auspices of the Institute there are several research projects, most grant-funded, with the largest being AidData.

AidData produces novel data, tools, and research that answers the question: who is funding, what, where, for whom, and to what effect around the world? AidData has an explicit focus on data and research that meets high academic standards but is also accessible and relevant for a broad audience of international relations practitioners, policymakers, journalists, and scholars. AidData's work is made possible by generous financial support of international organizations such as the World Bank and United Nations, private philanthropies such as the Hewlett and Gates Foundations, and government agencies such as the US Department of State and USAID.

Position Summary

The Communications Associate (CA) position supports the implementation of AidData's strategic communications efforts. This position has a writing and social media emphasis. The CA serves as a content creator and curator for an array of AidData communications platforms including digital and print media. This position is also responsible for organizing information that feeds into communications deliverables such as AidData websites, publications, reports to funders. The CA reports to the communications manager.

Required Qualifications

Education: Bachelors degree in a relevant field (e.g. Journalism, Public Relations, Communication)

  • Experience: Professional relevant experience, including evidence of existing and potential skills related to the job duties ·
  • Audience/Outreach: working knowledge of social media and email outreach platforms; ability to handle professional correspondence, write press releases, source, draft, and edit social media posts, and create social media toolkits ·
  • Content Creation: working knowledge of a content management systems, data visualization tools, and web analytics platforms, and ability to apply techniques for effective written and visual communications. ·
  • Corporate Communications: Strong organizational skills, general knowledge of marketing and branding principles, and ability to manage spreadsheets and create presentations ·
  • Publications Support: Excellent proofreading skills and ability to apply rules of standard English grammar to prepare a manuscript for formatting
  • Leadership and Teamwork: Demonstrated ability to collaborate with team members and behave respectfully towards others; demonstrates a commitment to W&M and AidData's mission, vision, and impact.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience: Significant relevant professional experience, including demonstrated evidence of skills creating written content for a policy or research audience and promoting research on social media
  • Audience/Outreach: Experience with of digital environment; experience maintaining, importing and exporting contact data; demonstrated ability to craft compelling email copy and social media posts
  • Content Creation: Demonstrated ability to create a content calendar that aligns with priorities and events, synthesize research findings into a press release, and craft compelling data visualizations
  • Corporate Communications: Experience with information architecture, indicator tracking, and version control; ability to articulate key messages visually and in writing
  • Publications Support: Track record of intensive application of text- editing principles, visual information design and publication layout
  • Website/Technical: Basic knowledge of principles of website design, SEO, accessibility, and how these issues affect content and user engagement
  • Advertised Pay Range $32,240 - $46,200 Department 3KM100 Global Research Institute Location William & Mary Is the position remote work eligible? Hybrid (works remotely at least 1 day per week but not full-time) Remote Work Disclaimer

    Remote work eligibility is not guaranteed and is subject to approval. Employee eligibility depends on the likelihood of the employee succeeding in a remote work arrangement and the supervisor's ability to manage remote workers. Departments and/or Human Resources may amend, alter, change, delete, or modify eligibility.

    Job Open Date 05/04/2023 Review Begin Date Job Close Date 06/02/2023 Open Until Filled No Employment Category Full Time Operational FLSA Non-Exempt Position Term 12 Month - Restricted Special Application Instructions

    Please include a writing sample (preferably a blog post or press release).

    Conditions of Employment

    This is a restricted position subject to the continued availability of funding.

    EEO Statement

    William & Mary is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access employer and actively encourages applications from minorities, women, disabled persons and veterans.

    Background Check Statement

    William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

    Benefits Summary Statement

    William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

    Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more. To learn more, go to: https: // www.

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    Required Documents

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample
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    Communications Associate


    The College Of William Mary


    United States


    May 25, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 02, 2023

    Job type



    Computer Science,Social Science

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