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Title: Communications Manager – Student Experience Project (SEP), Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU)
Supervisor: Assistant Director (USU)
Status: Full-Time; Exempt
Duration: 15 months, with possibility of extension
Location: Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as received with preference given to applications received by June 10, 2021
The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) are seeking a Communications Manager for the Student Experience Project (SEP). The manager will execute communications strategies to increase adoption of practices that improve students’ experience and equity on college campuses. The successful candidate will be part of a team spanning six national organizations and will work with a broad range of university leaders and constituencies across the United States. This team is looking for a highly motivated and collaborative individual who has experience implementing communication campaigns and possesses exceptional oral and written communications skills, a strategic mindset and strong project management skills, and is a self-starter. This full-time position is based in Washington, DC and is funded for 15 months, with the possibility of extension.
Background on USU and APLU
USU is a president-led network of public, urban-based research universities working together on transformative models to support student success and equity, while engaging deeply with urban communities. USU is permanently partnered with APLU to oversee a joint Office of Urban Initiatives.
APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 244 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. Annually, member campuses enroll 5 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.3 million degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $49.2 billion in university-based research.
The Student Experience Project
The Student Experience Project (SEP) is a partnership effort of APLU/USU, with several leading research and policy organizations. Through the SEP, a cohort of six APLU/USU member universities are working together and with researchers to explore the ways in which psychological factors (e.g. social belonging, growth mindset, purpose) influence college student success, persistence and degree completion. The cohort institutions are developing and testing strategies to build equitable learning environments using a continuous improvement framework and methods. The design supports rapid learning and solution development, with an aim to scale new approaches, tools, and resources broadly in higher education.
The project is now entering a phase of dissemination and scaling. In collaboration with APLU public affairs, leaders of the SEP have outlined an initial communication plan. This position would be charged with executing that plan, while contributing new ideas and strategies. The individual would promote findings and products with target audiences (e.g. campus administrators or faculty, national and local media, education associations, funders, policymakers), and encourage broader uptake of SEP practices as a means to increase equity in college experience and outcomes. This role will work jointly with the USU team and APLU’s Office of Public Affairs and will liaise with SEP partner organizations and participating universities on communication activities and deliverables.
The primary responsibilities of the Communications Manager are as follows:
Execution of Strategic Communications
Content Creation & Dissemination
Please send cover letter, resume, and two brief writing samples to APLU’s Human Resources Department at email@example.com with the subject line: SEP Communications Manager. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with priority given to those submitted by June 10, 2021. APLU is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment, and supports staff with a generous benefits package.
APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, employing, training, compensating and promoting staff regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.