Communications Specialist


Position Title Communications Specialist - Center for Social Impact (Part time, Variable Hours)

Position Category Staff - Part-Time (Variable Hour)

Summary Utah Valley University is an integrated university and community college that educates every student for success in work and life through excellence in engaged teaching, services, and scholarship. Our action commitments of IncludeEngage, and Achieve help us reach our ultimate goal of Student Success. All our efforts are doing according to our core values of exceptional care, exceptional accountability, and exceptional results.

The UVU Center for Social Impact (CSI) develops active citizens who make social impact with our communities. Our work focuses on social impact pathways (direct service, community engaged learning and research, social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility, policy and governance, community organizing and activism, and philanthropy) and methodologies (theory of change, systems thinking and mapping, and equity-centered design thinking). We design programs, initiatives, and collaborations that move students from pathway entry points to more substantial community learning experiences.

The Communications Specialist is responsible for developing and executing communications plans, producing communications assets, coordinating the completion of projects, maintaining brand fidelity, and supporting CSI events. This position promotes the values and work of the Center for Social Impact. This position requires tenacity, energy, and a commitment to social impact work. 

This position is part of a dynamic and interconnected team of staff and students and reports directly to the director of the Center for Social Impact. The position is 20 hours/week and qualifies for part-time remote work, with only Tuesdays and major events required for in-office hours. 


10% Developing and executing communications plans:

·    Ensures and instills the social impact framework and methodologies in all efforts – working in power with community and living experts

·    Develops a strategic communication plan to effectively reach our various stakeholders (students, faculty/staff, administration, internal and external partners, donors, alumni, etc.)


35% Producing communications assets:

·    Drives the CSI’s social media presence (principally Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook). Creates, publishes, and monitors content, including impactful, educational posts. Supports and collaborates with the active UVU social media community. Grows audiences as appropriate.

·    Oversees CSI website content and manages annual web audit

·    Creates and/or manages the development of marketing visuals and materials for events and programs, including UVU’s digital signage platform

·    Develops resources to promote CSI approach, event/program replication, intercampus collaboration

20% Coordinating the completion of projects:

·    Hires and supervises student design associates

·    Supports and coordinates with student outreach and impact evaluation social impact fellows

·    Coordinates with Student Life communications liaison on press releases, media, and other communication projects done in collaboration with UVU marketing or other departments

·    Produces annual CSI report 

15% Maintaining brand fidelity:

·    Copyedits outward-facing documents and materials

·    Enforces university and CSI branding rules

·    Manages communications budget

·    Keeps updated on relevant communication technology, tools, and trends 

10% Supporting CSI events:

·    Contributes to CSI event development, communications, branding, and execution 

10% Performing other duties as assigned: 

·    Carries out other duties necessary to the success of the programs and other projects within the Center for Social Impact 

Required Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, marketing, digital humanities, or other relevant discipline, plus one year of marketing/design experience; OR, a combination of relevant education and experience totaling five years. A commitment to social impact and the following values: accountability, compassionate relationality, equity, humility, imagination, reciprocal collaboration, rigor, sustainability. Proficiency in stated knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Knowledge, Skills and AbilitiesKnowledge: 

·    A knowledge of effective communications strategy and execution

·    Knowledge of social media and web content strategies

·    An understanding of and commitment to social impact work


·    Project management skills including development, implementation,

 management and evaluation

·    Event collaboration skills

·    Experience with web concepts including responsive/adaptive design, integrated systems, optimization, validation, accessibility, etc.


·    Ability to communicate exceptionally and effectively, both orally and in writing.

·    Ability to take ownership of responsibilities and also work in a collaborative environment as a team player

·    Ability to initiate, develop and sustain working relationships with students, staff and faculty.

Preferred QualificationsExperience with social impact, community outreach, and/or higher education.Physical RequirementsMust be able to sit at a desk for long periods of time. Must be able to work remotely.

EEO Statement

Employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicant’s qualifications and ability to perform the job without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Benefits Summary

UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan. 

Benefits PT: 

You may be eligible to receive a tuition waiver for one class after 6 consecutive months of employment and a minimum of 480 hours worked. Dependents do not qualify for a waiver.FLSANon-ExemptPay

Range $19.42 - $24.27



Position Title Communications Specialist - Center for Social Impact (Part time, Variable Hours)

Position Category Staff - Part-Time (Variable Hour)

Summary Utah Valley University is an integrated…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 10, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    October 1, 2021


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
800 West University Parkway, Orem, UT 84097, United States

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