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Marketing and Communications Manager

Public Affairs

Reed College seeks an organized and driven person to join us as our Marketing and Communications Manager in the Office of Public Affairs. This position is responsible for coordinating with Reed’s small team of designers and proofreaders, as well as with other campus partners, to produce high-quality creative that aims to strengthen Reed’s reputation, promote awareness of Reed’s excellence, and communicate the value of a liberal arts education. This role reports to the Creative Director.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive and cost-free medical and dental insurance for you, and a 60% discount on medical and dental insurance for your dependents, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities. This is a full-time, exempt role with work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour unpaid lunch. The salary for this position is $65,000 per year. This is an in-person position.

Who You Are

  • You are a natural multitasker and an exceptional project manager. You have the ability to manage a large portfolio of projects with competing deadlines. 
  • You understand the importance of relationship building and always have empathy for your co-collaborators. People like working with you because you’re organized yet flexible.
  • You have some communications experience; you have participated in creating or reviewing content for digital and/or print.
  • You sweat the details. You enjoy being the person on the team who manages the minutiae.
  • People who know you describe you as the person who brings creative problem solving to situations.
  • You are a strong writer and editor; you can apply editorial style and rules of grammar.
  • You are known for bringing order to your team’s work. You are a systems thinker and are always considering ways to get the work done more efficiently and with fewer errors. 
  • You have a demonstrated commitment to advancing equity. You are self-aware and comfortable working on teams with varying gender, racial, socio-economic, ability, sexual orientation, and cultural identities
  • You are interested in digital and print marketing, including social media.

What You’ll Do

  • Act as the project manager expert for all Public Affairs creative projects. This includes effective utilization of project management software and knowledge and implementation of best practices.
  • Turn creative briefs into production plans, organize resources needed for projects, arrange feedback rounds with key stakeholders, and prioritize and schedule creative work to ensure all deadlines are met.
  • Involved in the development, distribution, and written content production of print materials, direct mail, event and conference deliverables, email marketing, websites, and social media. 
  • Partner with copy editors and designers to ensure that Reed’s content is fresh, timely, and on message.
  • Define clear creative project goals in consultation with campus partners including Admission and Development. 
  • Act as a developmental editor for on-campus partners; work with writers on voice, tone, style, and readability.
  • Develop procedures related to proofreading, copy editing, version control and approvals.
  • Provide guidance to writers, designers, and project initiators

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Finalists may be asked, later in the application process, to submit a writing sample. 

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.