Communications Specialist & Project Manager

Posted 11/14/17

Position Summary

The Communications Specialist & Project Manager works with the Director of University Communications to manage the production of marketing communication materials produced by the University Communications team. This includes print, digital and online deliverables. The communications specialist will also help create editorial products with the UC team to be deployed on social media platforms, web, print and other media formats, with a particular emphasis on the written parts of those products. The communications specialist will work with the Director to assure that all written materials that represent JBU that come under the purview of University Communications are of excellent quality; and he/she will produce content for and oversee quality control for JBU’s social media assets. The communications specialist is a key part of the creative process, providing input for the various communication campaigns and other efforts coordinated by University Communications.

Role Qualifications

  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with staff, faculty, students and community
  • Ability to set priorities and accomplish goals with limited supervision
  • Ability to articulate the benefits of a Christian college experience, including a clear and concise position on the issue of integration of faith, learning and living
  • Commitment to the Articles of Faith, mission and objectives of the university
  • Desire to be a role model for students by demonstrating an active Christian faith in personal example and in work related responsibilities.

Position Responsibilities

  • Writing or supervising the writing of all copy on the JBU website
  • Creating content for JBU’s social media platforms
  • Quality control for social media content created by other JBU divisions and departments
  • Creation and analysis of social media marketing campaigns
  • Providing editorial support for the Brown Bulletin, JBU’s official magazine
  • Writing press releases for JBU
  • Managing special projects involving multiple UC staff members
  • Manage the UC work studies to ensure maximum productivity
  • Work with Media Producer to write scripts for video projects
  • Provide copy editing and writing support for the development team
  • Write advertising copy
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge/experience of the editorial process from story idea to final draft
  • Administrative knowledge of the social media platforms
  • Strong writing narrative skills
  • Strong grammar and editing skills
  • Ability to do independent research (including interviews) to gather content
  • Ability to write clean copy, quickly, under pressure and on deadline
  • Ability to self-manage projects as needed

Desired skills and experience:

  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and the Mac platform
  • Familiarity with Associated Press style
  • Experience in online or traditional journalism or publishing


Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, English or related fields is required.


Reporting to this position: work-study staff, interns

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; stand; sit; use hands; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The employee is expected to adhere to all University policies.

About JBU

Information describing the university is available on-line.


Please complete the application and then upload it along with your resume and cover letter to the "Upload Your Documents" tab on the left. Only complete materials will be reviewed. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by the university.

Contact Information:
Office of Human Resources
John Brown University
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Phone: 479.524.7123


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