Communications Specialist -- University of Arizona Libraries

Post date: July 21, 2022

Communications Specialist

Posting Number: req10905

Department: UA Library Administration ADM

Department Website Link:

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Are you an excellent writer and visual storyteller? Do you enjoy and understand how to create the right content to connect with different audiences? We’re seeking a Communications Specialist to join the Marketing Communications & Events team in Library Administration to help us enrich the lives of students, faculty, staff, and the community.

You’ll execute marketing initiatives, ensure seamless communications with colleagues and campus partners, and execute projects from concept inception to completion. You’ll work with our MarComm team and stakeholders to support the library’s publicity efforts, write good stories, manage our social media presence, create inclusive and accessible content that represents diverse audiences and supports diversity, equity and inclusion-related initiatives, produce our external and internal e-newsletters, and provide hands-on support at our events. In this role, which reports to the Director, Marketing Communications & Events, you’re a contributing team player who likes sharing information, is willing to learn, and enjoys collaborating with others.

This position is located in Tucson, AZ.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities


  • Manages and implements publicity strategies to create and execute compelling story ideas, news stories, and digital marketing content that highlight the resources, services, events and workshops, exhibits, and people at the University Libraries, that aligns with our brand identity.

  • Manages the University Libraries social media presence by planning, creating, scheduling, and monitoring social media posts and interacting with users to respond to social media messages, inquiries, and comments. Monitors social media channels for trends, reviews analytics, identifies key metrics, and stays updated with guidelines and changes in social platforms to ensure effectiveness.

  • Creates, edits, and updates website content on the University Libraries websites and campus web pages, and participates in our organizational website strategy and content work.

  • Manages, produces, and distributes the University Libraries external monthly e-newsletter and the internal e-newsletter, and oversees the subscription/distribution lists.

  • Assists in planning, creating, editing, publicizing, and distributing digital and print content—including events, workshops, ads, marketing materials, email, web, video—that aligns with our marketing goals.

  • Participates in planning, coordinating, and providing hands-on support for University Libraries events, programs, and activities during regular work hours and occasional evenings or weekends.

  • Participates in professional development activities for communications, marketing, and social media.

  • Provides some student employee supervision, including delegating publicity-related tasks and projects.

  • The UA Libraries support the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal.

  • Knowledge of effective marketing and communication principles and best practices.

  • Demonstrated skills in creating social media content, managing a social media calendar, and developing a social media strategy.

  • Ability to effectively present creative ideas to others visually, verbally, and in writing.

  • Strong skills in attention to detail, accuracy, and consistency.

  • Strong organizational and project planning skills, including establishing priorities and managing multiple deadlines.

  • Strong and creative problem-solving skills.

  • Familiarity with event marketing, planning, and providing hands-on support at events.

  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.

  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, journalism or related field, or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required

  • 3 years of relevant work experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience editing photos, video, and audio for different social media and web platforms.

  • Experience in marketing, communications, social media management, writing, or journalism.

  • Experience with digital marketing and publishing tools such as Trellis, Sprout Social, Hootsuite, TweetDeck, emma, or ConstantContact.

  • Experience with software such as Adobe Creative Suite’s Illustrator and Photoshop.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook).

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Communication and Marketing

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $50,000 - $60,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Grade: 7

Career Stream and Level: PC2

Job Family: Marketing

Job Function: Communications & Marketing

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Target Hire Date: 9/26/2022

Contact Information for Candidates: Armando Cruz -

Open Date: 7/13/2022

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant: To ensure your application materials are considered, please submit your application by the first review date of July 20, 2022

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.