Communications Coordinator

Updated: 21 days ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Achievement & Assessment Inst

Position Overview

The Achievement and Assessment Institute is seeking a Communications Coordinator. This position will report to the AAI director and will perform communications, public affairs, public relations and/or marketing activities for the Institute. These activities may include creating instructional or promotional content including writing, copy editing, photography or videography for publications, press releases, or digital platforms. Promotes department visibility and highlights accomplishments and potential benefits, working with researchers to translate technical information for the general public. May plan and organize events to support researcher engagement. May supervise student employees.

Consistent with our mission ( ), the Achievement and Assessment Institute actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

Job Description

70% - Perform communications functions:

  • Develop and maintain AAI’s visibility through communication channels including, but not limited to press releases, print material, annual reports, video, social media, website, etc.
  • Execute strategic communication plans that are consistent with both KU and AAI’s overall mission and objectives.
  • Provide support for any written communication, presentations, or talking points needed by AAI leadership.
  • Maintain content and track engagement across various AAI platforms (social media, website) and make data-driven decisions.
20 % - 

Strategic planning:

  • Develop and lead the overall strategic direction for AAI communication and outreach.
  • Create and maintain an annual schedule of events and opportunities for which to provide communications support.
  • Serve as communication liaison between the Director of AAI, other communication specialists within AAI, the KU Office of Research, and the School of Education and Human Sciences,
  • Stay current on the relevance of digital platforms and adjust the strategic communication plans as necessary.
10% -

Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

Position will be telework until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and it is safe to begin working on campus.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, marketing, communications, or relevant field.
  • Minimum of three years full-time professional communications experience.
  • Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated through application materials.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to prioritize and organize duties in an efficient manner.
  • Experience in a higher education or research environment.
  • Experience communicating research results to general audiences.
  • Basic skills in shooting and editing photos and videos.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Ronda Consolver -

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    In addition to an online application, cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references, candidates must provide a portfolio and/or links that show the quality of writing, graphics, and video that they have produced. Only complete applications will be considered.

    Application review begins February 1, 2021, and continues until the position is filled. To ensure first consideration, apply before the application review date.

    Advertised Salary Range

    Minimum $45,000

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    Anticipated Start Date


    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Job Family

    Public Affairs-KUL

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding

    Work Location Assignment



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