Communications Specialist II (Hybrid) - McKelvey School of Engineering

companyWashington University In St. Louis School of Arts&Sciences
location6475 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105, USA
PublishedPublished: 3/29/2024
Full Time

Scheduled Hours


Position Summary

As a member of school’s marketing and communications team, the communications specialist develops marketing materials and communications for McKelvey’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) initiative; McKelvey’s Women & Engineering Center; and McKelvey’s research centers.

Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develops marketing and communications strategies and plans for McKelvey’s EDI initiative, Women & Engineering Center, and multiple research centers.
  • Manages projects that include curating content; developing digital newsletters and mass emails; maintaining websites and social media channels; developing presentations; assisting with video productions; scheduling photo shoots; and coordinating development of print materials.
  • Acts as a liaison between McKelvey’s marketing and communications team and leaders of McKelvey’s EDI initiative, Women & Engineering Center, and multiple research centers. As “brand manager” for these clients, provides marketing and communications counsel to the clients and guides impact evaluation of marketing and communications efforts.
  • Ensures marketing materials and communications meet the needs of McKelvey’s EDI initiative, Women & Engineering Center, and research centers while maintaining consistent messages and adherence to university and McKelvey brand standards.
  • Works closely with McKelvey marketing and communications team members to execute on tactics as defined in marketing and communications plans.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and executing marketing and communications strategies and plans.
  • Experience working in higher education.
  • Proven ability to foster productive working relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative to move along projects, including under pressure and with tight deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to detail and a commitment to high-quality work.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills (including writing and editing).
  • Team oriented, collaborative.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data and information and make appropriate recommendations based on findings.
  • Knowledge of best practices and emerging trends in marketing and communication principles and practices including in branding, social media, marketing analytics, CMS software (including WordPress).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (including PowerPoint).

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, business administration, English, or related field. Three years of progressive responsibility in related area.



Salary Range

$52,000.00 - $88,800.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


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Pre-Employment Screening

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Benefits Statement


  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

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