Job Opening: Marketing & Communication Specialist

Title Marketing & Communication Specialist
Categories Marketing & Communications
Hiring Range Commensurate with education and experience
Location Raleigh, NC
Job Description

Essential Job Duties

The Marketing and Communication Specialist independently supports the Small Business and Technology Development Center’s (SBTDC) marketing, branding and communications efforts. Areas of work include: branding, graphics, public relations, writing, interviewing, design for print and digital media, and social media strategy and implementation.

The Marketing and Communication Specialist is responsible for:

• Developing the annual SBTDC publications plan. Manage communications projects (e.g. State of Small Business, Annual Report) from start to finish – creating schedules, conveying assignments, monitoring progress, meeting deadlines.
• Applying thorough knowledge of design, writing, and editing to produce communications content. Ensure a consistent brand identify and oversee the statewide brand standards guide. Design SBTDC publications, print ads, brochures, flyers, business cards, stationary, and more. Create materials for statewide and regional events.
• Interviewing and photographing SBTDC clients across the state and write success stories for the SBTDC Annual Report and other print and web use.
• Leading SBTDC new media efforts. Research and make recommendations for SBTDC statewide digital strategy. Develop social media plan. Determine social media content and platforms (including blogs, Twitter and LinkedIn) and schedule via an aggregator (e.g. Hootsuite).
• Writing and distributing press releases on a variety of topics; copyedit content for print and web publications.
• Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with SAO staff and field staff at SBTDC offices statewide. Provide communications guidance to staff around SBTDC branding, event-related publications, press releases, articles and social media. Work with SBTDC staff and partners to ensure that the SBTDC’s look and message is presented consistently.
• Providing branding and communications advice to SBTDC clients as requested.
• Working closely with the Web Manager on SBTDC website content and design, and provide back-up as needed.
• Maintaining familiarity with the SBTDC’s Strategic Plan, organizational structure, services, outcomes and impact, and effectively communicating this information internally and externally.

Departmental Required Skills

• Excellent graphic design skills.
• Superior written communication skills, including copy writing and editing.
• Exceptional project management skills and attention to detail.
• Strong marketing / branding knowledge.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Experience working collaboratively with marketing and web development team.
• Proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat) or related software.
• Proficient in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint or relevant software.
• Knowledge of printing processes, including pre-pressing and color modes.
• Familiarity with copyright laws.

Minimum Experience/Education

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Special Instructions

Please attach a cover letter, resume, a separate document containing contact information for three professional references, and a portfolio of work (if electronic, upload a document that includes a link to your portfolio).

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