Illinois State University — Social Media Coordinator, University Marketing and Communications

Position Summary:
As a key member of the University’s editorial and design team, the Social Media Coordinator is responsible for managing social media channels and creating content for key publications, such as the alumni magazine, departmental communications pieces, and online platforms. This position consequently is crucial in contributing to the quality and consistency of ISU’s external communications. The coordinator conveys the University’s overall excellence and endeavors through compelling content and creative storytelling that engages external audiences, which include prospective students, parents, alumni, donors, retirees, and friends of the University.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in mass communications, journalism, or related field.
  2. Minimum 2 years in full-time role managing social media and/or writing for a newspaper, magazine, news organization, or within higher education.
  3. Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word.
  4. If this position is Security Sensitive or if you are subject to a criminal background investigation based on University policy, employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Desired Qualifications:

  1. At least five years in full-time role creating social media content and writing for a newspaper, media outlet, or within higher education.
  2. Experience using analytics to develop and evaluate online content.
  3. Ability to gather information through interviews and then write clear and concise features to engage targeted audiences.
  4. Ability to connect with key audiences through print and online outlets.
  5. Ability to work under deadline pressure and with a high degree of accuracy.
  6. Working knowledge of The Associated Press Stylebook.
  7. General knowledge of the process for print publication.
  8. Skill with a camera for photography and video.
  9. Ability to work with a committee structure and in partnership with multiple clients/offices on projects.
  10. Ability to comfortably interact with individuals in the campus community and the general public.

Application Process:
To assure full consideration, an application along with a resume/curriculum vita, reference list (specifically, the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of at least three professional references), cover letter, writing sample including any of the following: feature article of online publication, article from print publication, and/or samples from a social media campaign, and a PDF page with links to social media accounts you manage and/or images of past social media posts and/or campaigns must be submitted online at Application review will begin on June 2, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Illinois State University:
Founded in 1857, Illinois State is a coeducational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study. Its 34 academic departments in 6 colleges offer 72 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. The Graduate School coordinates 42 masters, 2 specialist, and 10 doctoral programs. Illinois State ranks 79th among the top 100 public universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report rankings of “Best National Universities” released in fall 2015 and has been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Bloomington-Normal Community:
Illinois State University is located in the twin-city community of Bloomington-Normal, with a population of approximately 125,000 and is located within easy driving distance of the financial and business centers in Chicago and St. Louis. Expansion Management Magazine rated Bloomington-Normal as one of two metro areas with a five-star quality of life, giving the community high rankings in such areas as standard of living, quality of schools, and traffic and commute. In 2016, Huffington Post named Bloomington one of the “11 Amazing Cities You’ve Never Thought To Live In, But Should.” Bloomington was also recently placed on’s list of 100 Best Places to Live.

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Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.