Marketing Specialist/Content Creator, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Southern California (USC)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Internal Number: REQ20124928
The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is a premiere research and education department at USC Viterbi â a top 10 engineering school in the nation. We are the stewards of our environment, and our work improves the resilience and quality of life in our cities and shapes the future by using artificial intelligence, discovering new materials, managing our most precious resources, and improving processes and systems design that ultimately makes a better world for all humanity.
The Marketing Specialist/Content Creator is a new position at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The inaugural Marketing Specialist will play an influential role in developing and amplifying CEEâs new marketing and content strategy in support of the departmentâs mission. This is an ideal role for an agile, strategic communications specialist that is looking for an opportunity to make a consequential impact. âAs a key communications professional, the Marketing Specialist/Content Creator serves as a resource to others in the department, producing, writing, and disseminating communications projects with forward-facing impact that elevates the department to our global audience. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. This position has been funded for an initial 2-year period. The Viterbi School will consider converting it to a permanent role at the department and/or School following the initial period of funding.
Collaborate with USC Viterbi PR and Marketing teams to disseminate materials to the widest possible audience, including both internal and external media organizations.
Create and modify web content on a regular basis, including for our website social media accounts.
Occasionally create newsworthy articles based on the research and the work of students in the department or cross-department collaborations.
Work with Development and Student Services teams to create content explaining our mission and research to past, present and future donors, industry partners, students, and alumni.
Collaborate with media professionals both inside and outside of USC to create original multimedia content, including graphics, videos, animations, and podcasts.
Assist with the writing and editing of scientific content, such as grant proposals, publications, and web materials for our national and international collaborators.
Draft key messaging and speeches / presentations for the Department Chair.
Creates and maintains relationships with researchers to mine for new story ideas and pitch content to other marketing professionals at USC Viterbi.
Identify, initiate, and manage additional content-related deliverables throughout project lifecycles. Â This includes the creation of newsletters, websites, brochures, departmental reports, and other collateral describing our work to various audiences and increasing the departmentâs exposure.
Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
Deep curiosity and a knack for turning complicated concepts into great stories that drive audience engagement.
Expertise with AP style guidelines and grammar.
Experience with content creation and dissemination for print, web and through social media.
A visual thinker with basic graphic design skills for both print and web.
Strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain professional, effective working relationships with academic leaders, university administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
Ability to both take direction and work independently, establishing priorities, and following through on assignments
Ability to manage time and workload effectively and complete assignments promptly amid conflicting demands, multiple deadlines, competing requirements, and changing priorities
Experience with WordPress and content management systems a plus
Experience with newsletter software like Mailchimp is a plus
Experience with basic video / sound editing software is a plus
Candidates with degrees in communication or journalism, combined with scientific / technology writing experience, are strongly encouraged to apply.
Required Documents and Additional Information:
Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents
Portfolio of articles written
Any links to media content youâve created
Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested
USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after one year of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.