The Publications and Communications Specialist supports targeted global messaging to effectively articulate CARF’s mission, brand, and activities to internal and external audiences through a variety of platforms and formats. In addition, this position utilizes desktop publishing and production, technical writing/editing, and content management expertise to advance CARF’s products and services.
Essential duties and responsibilities
The following duties and responsibilities are the essential functions of this job that an individual must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation:
- Promotion and stakeholder engagement:
- Participate in the creation and implementation of communication strategies and plans for a variety of formats, including:
- Communication objectives
- Identification and reporting of goals and metrics
- Development and editing of content
- Coordination with development partners
- Contingency planning, as necessary
- Creation of status and post-project evaluation reports
- Manage and maintain employee bi-monthly newsletter, including:
- Work with committee to develop ideas for articles
- Manage and maintain production schedule
- Layout (graphics and articles) of the newsletter in HTML template and distribute to staff through Outlook email
- Content development/management and information design:
- Ensure that publications follow a life cycle that:
- Provides consistency of content and style that meets organization requirements and guidelines.
- Optimizes content for reuse and customization.
- Continuously improves upon the products.
- Archives both electronic and hard copy products.
- Maintain and update resource materials and communications by providing:
- Creation and maintenance of online field reviews and data collection surveys.
- Technical writing.
- Editing for grammar and content, including proofreading.
- Continuous improvement of content usability and accessibility.
- Conduct preliminary research with only general direction.
- Act as the communication liaison for customers, both internal and external, including outside vendors.
- Represent the Publications and Communications department in select workgroups or committees, as assigned.
Note: Duties and responsibilities are not all-inclusive and may change at any time, with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The following qualifications represent the training, education, certifications, licensures, and/or work experience required to perform the essential duties and responsibilities successfully:
- Minimum requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, information design, or another field pertinent to publications and marketing communications with 3 years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
- Professional and effective written and oral communications skills.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Experience with website development and maintenance and content management systems.
- Proficient with at least one markup language; e.g., HTML, SGML, XML.
- Proficient in at least one major desktop publishing application; e.g., InDesign, FrameMaker, QuarkXPress.
- Experience with social media platforms.
- Advanced skills in Microsoft Office products (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook).
- Understanding of file formats and file conversions.
- Preferred requirements:
- Experience with creating and applying formatting styles and templates.
- Experience with structured or single-source authoring.
- Technical writing and editing experience.
- Advanced skills in at least one graphic design application; e.g., Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign.
- Advanced skills in Adobe Acrobat security and interactive features.
- Advanced proofreading and grammar editing skills.
- Experience with printing processes.
- Must be authorized to work in the United States. Does not now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status, including but not limited to H-1B visa status.