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CURRENTLY SEEKING: Student Editorial Communications Assistant

CU Presents is seeking a student Editorial Communications Assistant beginning Summer Semester 2021. Duties include assisting CU Presents staff in creating content—primarily social media stories and posts, as well as written web articles and news releases—to promote the CU performing arts programs, which include the professional Takács Quartet, Artist Series and Colorado Shakespeare Festival, in addition to the academic CU College of Music and the CU Department of Theatre & Dance. Other duties include assisting video producers during photo and video shoots and conducting interviews with CU Presents newsmakers.

The successful applicant will be asked to commit to the position at least through May 2022. Eligible applicants must be enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder; position terminates upon graduation.

Compensation

$17 per hour. Two complimentary tickets to most CU Presents shows.

Direct Supervisor

Becca Vaclavik (she/they), CU Presents Assistant Director of Public Relations

Schedule

Approximately 15 hours per week. Hours are predominantly spent during business hours, weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with occasional and limited evening and weekend hours for events. Remote work, up to 80% of hours, is available but conditional upon proven work performance. All technologies needed for this position are provided for in-office use.

Duties include (but are not limited to)

  • Support for CU Presents Assistant Director of PR Becca Vaclavik
  • Daily posts to CU Presents, CU College of Music, CU Theatre & Dance and Colorado Shakespeare Festival Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts
  • Management of responses to inquiries and engagements on social media accounts
  • Monitoring of in-platform analytics with regular reporting on trends
  • Organizing and conducting interviews with students, faculty and guest artists
  • Writing feature stories for the CU Presents website
  • Contributing to the CU Presents editorial calendar through story pitching
  • Attending and helping facilitate promotional photo and video shoots
  • Occasional scriptwriting for video projects
  • Occasionally attending College of Music free events to take patron counts
  • General office support as needed

Skillset (existing or to be developed)

  • Strong written, verbal and visual communication skills
  • An interest in the performing arts
  • Social media storytelling, esp. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn
  • Social media scheduling, listening and analytics monitoring and interpretation
  • Clear, concise and engaging writing
  • Basic knowledge of AP Style guidelines
  • Adept at communication and interviewing story subjects
  • Familiarity with photography and video best practices
  • Ability to interpret and convey various brands’ voices
  • Basic design skills in order to update template graphics
  • Experience making basic HTML and text updates to content management platforms
  • Experience and knowledge of SEO best practices
  • Proofreading skills and an eye for detail
  • Effective time management and organizational skills to ensure reliable, timely deliverables across multiple projects

Required tool competencies on the job

  • Google Suite
  • Social media analytics and scheduling tools such as Facebook Insights and Tweetdeck
  • Microsoft Office products, including OneDrive and Teams
  • Design template platforms such as Canva
  • Project management software such as Smartsheet
  • Drupal/WebExpress and WordPress content management platforms

Application

Please fill out this online application AND send a resume and cover letter to becca.vaclavik@colorado.edu. Application review will begin virtually after June 1, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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