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Temporary Communications and Outreach Manager

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Boulder, Colorado

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Temporary Staff



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Job Summary

The Office of Infrastructure and Sustainability (I&S) encourages applications for a temporary Communications and Outreach Manager! The Temporary Communications and Outreach Manager for infrastructure and sustainability is a full-time position in the Office of Strategic Relations and Communications (SRC), serving as an SRC liaison for a variety of units within the Office of Infrastructure and Sustainability (I&S). The role is responsible for providing executive communications support to the Vice Chancellor of I&S and leading all aspects of communications strategy for the I&S organization and its units. The position focuses on communications, outreach, and public relations support for I&S and related topic areas. The Manager supports the Issues Management and News Media teams with media relations as needed and acts as a communications liaison between various I&S departments and other operational areas of the university. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Strategic Relations and Communications facilitate an integrated approach to campus-wide marketing and communications to encourage greater CU Boulder engagement, affinity, and support.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The primary objectives of this position are to ensure that:
  • Communications stakeholders are regularly engaged to evaluate their needs and improve their communications effectiveness.
  • Raise the profile of major Infrastructure and Sustainability projects and initiatives in support of campus strategic priorities.
  • Communications plans are developed in advance to address a variety of audiences and objectives.
  • The university is well-represented and its reputation enhanced and protected at all times.
Communications coordination and support:
  • Provide communications strategy, outreach and public relations support to Infrastructure and Sustainability, including for capital construction projects, strategic initiatives such as the Campus Master Plan, and other initiatives across the areas of Facilities Management, Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Coordinate with the Director of SRS Communications and Vice Chancellor for I&S on both short- and long-term communications objectives and strategies in support of campus strategic priorities.
  • Attend Vice Chancellor for I&S leadership meetings to assess unit communications needs.
  • Provide executive communications support to the Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Sustainability (and their leadership team as needed).
  • Support the Issues Management and News media teams with media relations inquiries as needed, and serve as a liaison between SRC, I&S departments and other operational units across campus.
  • Proactively identify potential issues before they arise and assist the issues management team in creation of strategic plans on how to address such issues.
  • Work in collaboration with I&S units to augment, implement and support customer service communications pathways, including social media, with emphasis on intake and timely response.
  • Coordinate with I&S leadership and the Director of SRS Communications to actively seek out opportunities to communicate I&S information and successes with the rest of the campus, as well as local media and industry publications as appropriate.
  • Work with I&S units in all areas on communications plans for significant initiatives and projects, such as the Campus Master Plan and campus Climate Action Plan.
  • Assist with communications and event planning for stakeholder engagement through town hall meetings and open houses in collaboration with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Local Government and Community Relations.
  • Assist with campus coverage of Board of Regents meetings as it relates to I&S projects.
In-house communications:
  • In coordination with the I&S Human Resources Director and other unit leaders, identify information that needs to be communicated across the I&S organization. Work with the I&S web manager to ensure internal communications are reaching the target audience.
  • Lead production of monthly I&S employee newsletter, aggregating key content of high interest across the organization, celebrating department successes and highlighting individual achievements.
  • Assess and support alternate communications channels as necessary to meet I&S staff “where they live", including I&S leadership town halls, environmental signage, interpretation and other communications modalities.
Emergency communications and other duties as assigned:
  • Serve as a campus liaison to I&S for emergencies involving infrastructure, including floods and power outages. Communications should include the effects on the campus and focus on collecting and providing information and data as quickly as possible.
  • Represent SRC/I&S on appropriate campus committees, such as Campus Use of University Facilities Committee, Pathways Safety Committee, Snow Removal Committee, Tree Campus USA Committee and Sustainability Awards Committee.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment. 
  • This is a temporary, full time position anticipated to last 4 months.
  • This position is in a hybrid work situation.

What We Can Offer

Compensation: $33 - $35 / hour.


Temporary positions at the University of Colorado are not benefits-eligible, however, all positions are eligible for paid sick leave

Be Statements

Be collaborative. Be pioneering. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • 3+ years in public relations/critical communications role or a combination of reporting/editing for a media organization and/or institutional communications for a college, university or public agency/entity, or in the private or non-profit sectors.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in communications, journalism, public relations or in a related field.

What You Will Need

  • Proficiency using content management systems.
  • Experience using social media for institutional accounts.
  • Ability to communicate and coordinate effectively with all levels of the organization, from executive leadership to frontline staff.
  • Ability to provide effective advice and counsel on strategic and/or critical communication issues and to exercise effective judgment.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and timelines concurrently.
  • Effective at crafting communications plans, strategy documents, talking points and Q&A primers for key executives and messengers.
  • Excellent writing skills that require little editing and ability to write and edit in Associated Press style.
  • Ability to write executive-level communications for internal and external audiences.
  • High emotional intelligence; ability to remain calm and in control during stressful situations.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A Master’s Degree in communications, journalism, or public relations.
  • Communications work for a sustained period in a higher education environment or non-profit organization, with heavy immersion in content creation, writing, editing and message development.
  • Community engagement work promoting projects for higher education institutions, city/municipality or other large organizations.
  • 5 years in public relations/crucial communications role or a combination of reporting/editing for a media organization and/or institutional communications for a college, university, or public agency/entity, or in the private or non-profit sectors.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter is required. 
Please apply by May 29, 2022, for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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