Marketing Specialist (Communications Specialist)

Southern Methodist University Published: June 28, 2018
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The Communications Specialist for Program Services and Donor Relations is responsible for communication needs the unit's  events and key donor initiatives. Events include large and small scale University events, the Tate Lecture Series and the PwC SMU Athletic Forum and Doak Walker Award.

This role is responsible for writing event scripts for University administration and key leadership, as well as producing much of the written communication that comes from the unit.

Responsibilities also include partnering with DEA's Marketing and Communications Planning team for the project management of collateral creation - including copywriting and editing of programs, signage, website, e-communication and invitations as well as deadline management and budgets.

This position will be involved in design elements of donor recognition and will be responsible for social media presence for select signature events.

Essential Functions:


  • Manage projects with the Marketing and Communication planning team and serve as liaison for Program Services and Donor Relations collateral for both print and electronic projects. Project management responsibilities include:  writing copy for collateral, managing deadlines, editing and being responsible for final review/proof on behalf of team members.
  • Write remarks for University administration and other speakers as necessary for key events. This requires management of different voices and writing for a number of vastly different events.
  • Manage graphic projects such as plaque design, select printed programs, donor scrapbooks and other touch points, select websites via SiteCore content management system, and other projects.
  • Write and edit communication to donors, constituents, event sponsors and others, including letters and select press releases.  Maintain final review of the majority of communication produced by Program Services and Donor Relations.
  • Manage social media accounts for Tate Lecture Series and PwC SMU Athletic Forum and Doak Walker Award, working with the Marketing and Communications social media team on strategy as needed.
  • Assist in day of event production for Program Services events.  Assist in general office duties.
  • Position requires some evening and weekend work required for Program Services events.




Education and Experience:

  Bachelor's degree is required. Master's degree preferred.

A minimum of three years of professional work experience, with at least one year in a position requiring writing, proofreading and editing, marketing or design is required.

Project management experience strongly preferred.  Experience with a non-profit or in a fast-paced, high-profile team environment handling events and/or productions is highly desirable. Experience writing remarks fro executive level leadership a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Strong writing skills with the ability to produce error-free communications and other materials are required. Strong editing and proofreading skills are essential.

Candidate must possess strong organizational, planning and time-management skills with the ability to proactively manage multiple priorities. Must also demonstrate a strong attention to detail. A strong customer service orientation is essential.

Candidate must possess strong problem solving skills with the ability to be resourceful, proactive and seek assistance as needed. The ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team is essential.

Candidate must have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.  Experience in Filemaker is preferred.  Experience in Sitecore and InDesign desirable. Experience that includes website management and social media is a plus.

Physical/Environmental Demands:


  • Bend
  • Reach above shoulders
  • Carry/lift 25 lbs.,
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Squat
  • Handle objects (dexterity),
  • Carry/lift over 25-50 lbs.,
  • Kneel
  • Stand

Deadline to Apply:

  July 20, 2018

  SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


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