Professional Services
DeKalb, IL 
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Posting Detail Information

Position Number 00029903
Position Title Professional Services
FTE 1.00
Department Development Administration
Employment Type P
Responsibilities

Primary Function
This position is one of the content-producers for NIU Alumni Association (NIUAA) communication channels. This position is helps develop high-quality written content that builds engagement with, pride among, knowledge within, and initiates action from NIU's 240,000+ living alumni.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)
This position writes features, press releases, articles, blurbs, and letters to be used across all NIUAA channels, including (but not limited to) the alumni association webpage (myniu.com), email communications, print pieces, Northern Now (the alumni magazine), and social media. This position reports to the Director of Alumni Communications.

Duties and Responsibilities
*Must be able to represent the university and the Alumni Association in a professional, enthusiastic manner with a customer service and team focus.
*Write short- or long-form stories and articles to be used across a variety of media channels.
*Research alumni for potential articles.
*Create compelling teasers for use on social media.
*Work within CMS to publish content created by self and others.
*Collaborate with partners in and outside of the NIUAA to produce content.
*Double check details throughout content to ensure accuracy.
*Proofread content prior to distribution to ensure it is error-free.
*Establish a familiarity with the NIUAA and NIUF style guide, in order for edited and proofread content to be consistent with desired style.
*Exhibit excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills.
*Other duties as assigned.

Working Hours Max 25 hours per week up to 900 hours
Starting Salary $15 per hour
Required Skills

Qualifications
Education and Experience Required
*A bachelor's degree in public relations, journalism, advertising, communication, English, or a related creative / writing field.
*A minimum of 2 years of experience creating content for a newspaper, magazine, journal, website, social media, or similar outlet, with the ability to provide samples.
*Strong literacy with social media platforms, including the ability to pull reports.
Education and Experience Preferred
*A master's degree in communication.
*Five or more years of experience creating content for a newspaper, magazine, journal, website, social media, or similar outlet, with the ability to provide samples.
*Experience working for an alumni association, foundation, or similar not-for-profit entity.
List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position
*Ability to work under tight deadlines is expected.
*Strong written and oral communication skills.
*Occasional evening or weekend work may be required.
*Ability to use a database and Microsoft Office suite.
*Positive attitude, and ability to thrive under pressure.

Preferred Qualification

Qualifications
Education and Experience Required
*A bachelor's degree in public relations, journalism, advertising, communication, English, or a related creative / writing field.
*A minimum of 2 years of experience creating content for a newspaper, magazine, journal, website, social media, or similar outlet, with the ability to provide samples.
*Strong literacy with social media platforms, including the ability to pull reports.
Education and Experience Preferred
*A master's degree in communication.
*Five or more years of experience creating content for a newspaper, magazine, journal, website, social media, or similar outlet, with the ability to provide samples.
*Experience working for an alumni association, foundation, or similar not-for-profit entity.
List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position
*Ability to work under tight deadlines is expected.
*Strong written and oral communication skills.
*Occasional evening or weekend work may be required.
*Ability to use a database and Microsoft Office suite.
*Positive attitude, and ability to thrive under pressure.

Posting Date 09/12/2019
Closing Date 09/30/2019
Open Until Filled Yes
Materials
Background Check Required Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Fully complete the Education and Work History sections of the application. Be specific on your entire work history, including the employment dates and duties for all positions held.

Current NIU students carrying six or more hours are not eligible for extra help employment.

Employment is contingent upon your passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources. Pre-employment medical exam (as necessary, depending on the Physical Demands listed in the position) must also be cleared by Human Resources.

EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Acting Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Altgeld Hall 238
TitleIXCoordinator@niu.edu
815-753-5560

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
312-730-1560
OCR.Chicago@ed.gov

Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person's disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. This form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI) at 815-753-8399.

Clery Act Information

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at www.safety.niu.edu/clery or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at www.niu.edu/clery/fire_report.pdf or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
2+ years
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