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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Minnesota Private College Council seeks a communications associate

The Minnesota Private College Council seeks a communications associate to assist in the management and implementation of our varied marketing and communications efforts. The associate will coordinate projects, events and publications, drawing on stellar organizational skills and working closely with internal colleagues and external contacts. The successful candidate will be a strong writer and have experience in communications.
Computer skills, a BA/BS degree and the ability to work both independently and in teams are also required.

Visit www.mnprivatecolleges.org for more information. Send cover letter, résumé, salary requirement, three writing samples and three references to John Manning, Minnesota Private College Council, Bremer Tower, 445 Minnesota St. suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101 or e-mail jobs@mnprivatecolleges.org. Open until filled. EOE.



POSITION
Communications Associate / Project Coordinator

PURPOSE OF POSITION
The purpose of the position is to assist in the management and implementation of the Minnesota Private College Council’s marketing and communications program, including the development of marketing and communications materials, coordination and implementation of special events and projects that build relationships with key constituencies. The communications associate will effectively help communicate key messages, data and other advocacy information to important audiences and constituents, supporting the Council’s strategic goals and the member private colleges and universities.

QUALIFICATIONS
1. Bachelor’s degree required.

2. Demonstrated experience in communications e.g., public relations, media relations, writing, event coordination, and/or marketing communications.

3. Strong computer skills: Solid understanding of use of Web and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) (Database and Adobe creative suite knowledge can be a plus.)

4. Strong written and oral communication skills.

5. Demonstrated organizational and project management skills.

6. Print production experience.

7. Ability to manage outside vendors and consultants in long-term and short-term projects.

8. Ability to develop and track budgets for internal and external projects.

9. Experience developing strong professional relationships and communicating effectively with diverse groups of people.

10. Ability to see and understand big-picture goals and strategies while ensuring accuracy and attention to detail in day-to-day projects.

11. Excellent interpersonal skills and experience being diplomatic and collaborative in a team environment. Also demonstrates effective individual initiative.

12. Familiarity with, and an appreciation of, the value of a private liberal arts education preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Coordinate communications and logistics for events tied to admissions and advocacy efforts, along with preparation of necessary materials, in partnership with internal staff and member contacts.

2. Coordinate the production of marketing and communications materials (e.g., expert lists for media use, reports, memoranda, brochures, proposals, ads, etc.) — supporting implementation of the MPCC marketing and communications plan. Your role can involve a mix of writing, editing and/or proofreading, as well as coordinating editorial and production processes with internal staff, member constituents, external graphic designers and other outside vendors. The focus is on working to ensure that projects are completed on-time, within budget and meeting high standards of quality.

3. Manage the successful distribution of communications materials to campus and external audiences. Partner with internal staff on database management, mailing list procurement, timely response to requests for information, etc.

4. Support our communications, in particular through your writing.

5. Help ensure we are meeting and exceeding member institutions’ needs, through our responsiveness to their concerns.

6. Contribute to a positive and professional work environment.

7. Other duties as assigned. (MPCC reserves the right to change job responsibilities or duties based on the needs of MPCC.)


COMPENSATION
Competitive salary and benefits (health, dental, retirement, flexible benefit plan, four weeks vacation).

Visit www.mnprivatecolleges.org for more information. Send cover letter, résumé, salary requirement, three writing samples and three references to John Manning, Minnesota Private College Council, Bremer Tower, 445 Minnesota St. suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101 or e-mail jobs@mnprivatecolleges.org. Open until filled. EOE.