Communications Coordinator

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  • Job Number:519573
  • Classification:Communications Specialist 5
  • Grade:Grade 80
  • Work type:Hybrid, On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA VC University Advancement
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing

Position Summary:

University Relations is responsible for public relations, communications, marketing, and branding of the institution. The communications coordinator serves as a key member of the university relations team, engaging in and leading media relations and written communications initiatives. We are a high-functioning, creative team that works cooperatively with our alumni relations and development colleagues as well as partners within and outside the university to share the amazing stories of UAA's faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors.


10Incident Management: Works with the Public Relations Director to implement and maintain institutional crisis communication plan. Provides communications backup to the Director, including public information officer duties, for the Incident Management Team and responds in the event of UAA-related emergencies. Participates in Incident Management Team meetings and emergency-related training.Essential
10University Relations Lead: This position serves as a lead on the university relations team and may require delegation of research and writing projects as needed. Project management and other duties as assigned.Essential
40Public Relations: Proactively assists the Public Relations Director with planning and implementation of media strategies. Serves as a UAA media representative and disseminates information to press such as media releases and advisories. Researches and compiles information, writes, edits and fact-checks information for press. Proofreads and edits communications materials for grammar, clarity, and style. Serves as contact for media on day-to-day matters of the university. Helps facilitate news conferences. Responds to public information requests. Establishes relationships with reporters in the Alaska market. Develops and pitches story ideas to media and coordinates coverage. Facilitates media access to administrators, faculty and staff and provides media guidance. Identifies experts to speak to the media and the public on timely subjects. Coordinates interviews with UAA experts and works with various production companies for filming and shooting needs. Tracks, monitors, and proactively addresses mainstream or controversial issues in the media that may prompt questions about the university. Uses Cision media software to evaluate news coverage metrics and develops regular reports for distribution to university leadership. Uses software tools to distribute media releases and advisories to press.Essential
40Written Communications: Writes, drafts and develops talking points, video scripts, speeches, etc., for university leadership. Writes and pitches communications, such as emails and op-eds, on behalf of the chancellor and the chancellor’s cabinet. Manages and updates editorial calendar for University Relations and chancellor’s office. Researches, conducts interviews and writes feature articles for university news. Edits communications, such as feature stories, magazine pieces, email content and more, written by colleagues and senior leadership. Reviews content for grammar, clarity and compliance with campus accessibility standards and university style guide. Helps monitor Advancement’s email inbox for story ideas. Helps maintain and uploads written content to university website. Stays current on industry trends, methods and standards and explores new platforms for delivering effective communications. Collaborates with other internal and external communications professionals, including attending campus communicators and community campus communicators meetings. Special projects, and/or other duties as assigned.Essential


Excellent writing and oral communications skills required, including editing.
Knowledge of all forms of digital and print communication.
Demonstrated ability to pitch and place news stories.
Demonstrated ability to draft and copy edit high level communications, feature articles and other written communications projects.

Typical Experience:

Minimum of four years in a communications capacity, including working with internal and external clients to understand issues and problems, develop strategies, write, and disseminate stories, interact with media, and analyze results.

Required Education or Training:

Bachelor's degree in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing, or relevant discipline (or) an equivalent combination of training and experience.


*To be eligible for these positions, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

**Applicants must be living in or willing to relocate to the Anchorage, Alaska area as this position will be expected to interface with internal and external stakeholders via distance (Zoom, etc.) and in face-to-face contexts.

***An initial review of applications will begin on May 25, 2022. To ensure consideration, please submit your application by May 24, 2022 at 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time. Applications received after this date may not receive consideration.


Application Instructions: To be considered for this position, please include: 

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) Professional references
  • Three writing samples

This is a full-time, Grade 80 ($28.22/hour minimum), 12-month position, complete with competitive salary and UA employee benefits package


Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


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