The Buffett Institute at the University of Nebraska is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the position of Preschool Development Grant Communications Specialist. This position reports to the Associate Director of Communications and Marketing and is responsible for the coordination and implementation of communications deliverables associated with Nebraska's Birth-5 Preschool Development Grant (PDG). The Preschool Development Grant is a three-year federal award to support an early care and education system in Nebraska that gives equitable access to high-quality programs for all children and families. This position will support communications related needs for grant activities housed at the Buffett Institute and will include the identification, development, and execution of communication strategies to support pro
gram aims; project management and coordination of cross-functional teams; writing; copyediting; and events support. This position requires the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple priorities and working well under pressure with strict deadlines and the ability to juggle tasks in a busy, deadline-oriented environment.
The Buffett Institute serves as a bridge to resources and information for parents, providers, and the public. One of the four areas of focus at the Buffett Institute is outreach in order to communicate what we know to improve the lives of vulnerable young children and their families. The communications unit plays a critical role in this function and this position will help the Buffett Institute realize its vision of making Nebraska the best place in the nation to be a baby.
Buffett Early Childhood Institute Profile
Envisioned as a new model for how public higher education is engaged in the first years of life, the Buffett Early Childhood Institute (https://buffettinstitute.nebraska.edu/) is a four campus, university-wide multidisciplinary research, education, outreach, and policy institute of the University of Nebraska committed to helping transform early childhood development and education in Nebraska and across the nation. The long-term goal of the Institute is to be a leading center where scholars, practitioners, community members, and policy makers collaborate to advance a unified approach that can improve the lives of young children and families and the systems that support them.
Applicants should note that the goals of the Institute are university-, state-, and nation-wide, but the location of the Institute administration office is in Omaha. The position will work primarily out of the Omaha office. Regular hours at the Institute and for this position are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with some evening and weekend assistance when events occur outside of normal work hours. This position may also require some travel and is grant funded for 3 years.
This job description is not to be considered an exhaustive or exclusive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Employees may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested. This list describes major responsibilities to support the Buffett Institute by aligning marketing and communication strategies to the Institute goals.
Communications Coordination (90%)
Serve as the communications unit's Preschool Development Grant (PDG) communications specialist supporting the PDG grant activities housed at the Buffett Institute, including the statewide needs assessment, strategic plan, program performance evaluation, and transitions for young children.
In coordination with the Associate Director of Communications and
Marketing develop and execute communications strategies that support the programmatic aims of the PDG grant.
Work with multiple principle investigators with the content development of PDG related materials, including writing and editing publications, press materials, newsletter
content, and website copy in alignment with an editorial plan.
Build and sustain positive relationships with PDG communications partners, internally and externally
Represent the communications unit at PDG meetings and identify and produce project deliverables
Coordinate communications project responsibilities and timelines with Institute and external organization partners and oversee projects from start to end
Track project analytics and update data as needed
Assist with the maintenance of PDG database contacts
Assist with creation and coordination of PDG related events, including public meetings, focus groups, and other activities as defined
Communications Unit Support (10%)
Assist Events Manager with public outreach events as needed.
Assume other responsibilities as defined by the Associate Director of Communications and Marketing.
Five years of professional experience in Communications, Journalism, Marketing or related field.
Excellent writing abilities.
Demonstrated success in managing and executing communications strategies
Project management experience
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across an organization
Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, or Marketing
Seven years of professional experience in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or related field
Experience working in a university, non-profit, and/or government setting
Experience with project management software
Fluent in oral and written Spanish
An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities is acquired may be considered.
How to Apply
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