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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

University of Minnesota - CFANS Communications and International Program Specialist


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in a relevant field plus 2 years professional experience (e.g. communications, public relations, marketing, journalism, graphic design, media, art, educational policy and administration, writing, psychology, cultural area studies) or a combination of related education and relevant experience totaling 6 years, to include one year of marketing or communications work experience.
  • Experience with social media platforms.
  • Experience with design and marketing technologies such as Adobe Suite & InDesign, Google apps; as well as video editing, databases and/or other technological tools.
  • Experience in public speaking and giving presentations.
  • Demonstrated written communication skills including writing and editing.
  • Demonstrated program planning, management, and organizational skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Three years communications experience including developing a comprehensive communications strategy.
  • Knowledge of theory and practice of strategic communication.
  • Experience working in an education abroad office (with responsibilities in programming, promotion, advising, and/or administration).
  • Knowledge of education abroad program development, and demonstrated intercultural communication skills.
  • Experience with Salesforce Marketing Cloud.
  • Experience administering budgets and finance.
  • Experience working in an internationally focused context and/or overseas experience.
  • Commitment to intercultural learning and diversity, and demonstrated experience effectively serving underrepresented student populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment and prioritize conflicting demands.
  • Ability to work well with staff, faculty, students, and administrators.
  • Master's degree in relevant field.
About the Job

Position Overview: This is a 75-100% time position reporting to two program directors, in the areas of marketing, communications, and program administration in the Office of International Programs (CFANS OIP) in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. With the goal of enhancing CFANS Office of International Programs brand and mission, this position will work with CFANS OIP and CFANS Communications to develop and execute a comprehensive communications and marketing strategy across digital and social media platforms, print marketing, live events, and other mediums across the university, state, and abroad. This position will also work with faculty, staff and international partners to plan and implement short-term instructor-led study abroad programs. This position has a variety of independent professional and administrative responsibilities that require the ability to work in in close coordination with other team members, particularly with the college communications, alumni relations, and student services teams; CFANS international program leaders, and the UMN Learning Abroad Center.
Communication and Marketing — 60%
  • Work with the central CFANS communication team and follow college brand guidelines, develop and maintain print and online materials (brochures, posters, flyers, handbooks, surveys, newsletters, presentations, etc.)
  • Develop and update website content. Develop and maintain relationships and partnerships with other stakeholders regarding OIP websites.
  • Lead a social media strategy for international programs in partnership with college-wide social media lead; develop and maintain social media content including video for all OIP social media channels.
  • Execute classroom and other presentations to students and staff to promote international programs
  • Serve as a liaison and identify potential partnership opportunities to the following CFANS departments: college communications, alumni relations, student services, diversity and inclusion, development, and information technology.
  • Act as a liaison and identify potential partnership opportunities to the following University of Minnesota departments: Learning Abroad Center, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, and International Student and Scholar Services.
  • Produce promotional materials (T-shirts, pens, bags, etc.) in consultation with the central communication team to ensure proper branding
  • Lead and execute events. Manage relationships with vendors and the process for getting appropriate contracts and permits. Manage promotion and communication of events.
  • Conduct research relating to OIP programs (focus groups, interviews, surveys, etc.) Research is used to ensure quality, satisfaction, marketing plan development, strategic development, annual report and more.
Administrative and program support — 40%
  • Hire, support, train and manage student employees who are responsible for some marketing and communications responsibilities
  • Coordinate communication to CFANS grant recipients
  • Lead student evaluations and assessment
  • Advise students on education abroad opportunities
  • Respond to general program inquiries, provide support to students and/or parents as needed
  • Coordinate with onsite staff and program leaders about program dates, itineraries, academics and program budgets for select short-term programs
  • Monitor program enrollment and make program admissions decisions
  • Deliver program-specific orientations
  • Communicate and collaborate with colleagues
  • In the absence of the Program Directors, respond to any emergency situation
  • Assist the Program Directors with administrative and program tasks as needed
  • This position may involve some international or domestic travel
Nature of Appointment: 75% time (negotiable up to 100%), 12-month
Expected Salary: $40,000 based on 100% employment

About the Department

Unit Overview

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) mission is to find ways to provide food, fuel, feed and fiber that is healthy, safe, accessible and sustainable while protecting our natural resources and improving soil, air, and water quality to benefit and sustain communities. As one of the nation’s top colleges of its kind, CFANS offers a wide range of degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels. The college consists of 12 academic departments and 10 statewide research and outreach centers and has a rich tradition of groundbreaking research that affect people’s lives both globally and locally.

The CFANS Office of International Programs (OIP) integrates an international perspective into the land-grant mission of teaching, research, and outreach. OIP facilitates global engagement, learning, and collaboration resulting in sustainable improvements to complex agricultural, food, and natural resource concerns. We support student and staff in achieving an international perspective. We offer a variety of education abroad programs for students, including short-term instructor led study abroad programs, internships, semester-length study abroad programs; and alumni programs. We offer workshops, promote and administer the Intercultural Development Inventory, administer student grants, promote the International Agriculture Minor, collaborate to offer the Small World Coffee Hour program in St. Paul, host international visitors, and consult with departments regarding their internationalization plans including advising in regards to institutional collaborations and agreements.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.
To apply: Please attach resume, cover letter of interest that explains how you meet the required and preferred qualifications, and three professional references. I ncomplete applications will not be considered. References will only be contacted for those who are called in for an interview.
***Application review will begin on May 14, 2018***
Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.
To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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