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University of Massachusetts Amherst LARP - Communications and Technology Manager in Amherst, Massachusetts

LARP - Communications and Technology Manager

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Landscape Arch & Regional Plan


Categories: Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Professional Staff Union (PSU), College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) Communications and Technology Manager advances department goals by creating and producing web, print, digital and social media communication, and providing or coordinating technical support for faculty and staff, and classroom/lab equipment. This position reports to the Department Manager and works collaboratively with the Department Chair, staff, faculty, students and other community members.

Essential Functions

  • Conceptualize and plan department communications initiatives collaboratively with the Chair, SBS Director of External Affairs and Communications, and University Relations. Manage communications by using a variety of electronic platforms including web channels/tools and social media.

  • Research, develop and write news stories for web and print publication, which may include photos and/or video content. Write, design, edit, produce and distribute electronic and print newsletters and other informational communication for faculty, students, and alumni.

  • Manage the content of the Departmental websites. Responsible for ongoing development and upkeep of the websites with fresh, dynamic, and timely content. Promote programs and events in social media platforms.

  • Coordinate with faculty and staff on the development and distribution of communications related to events, including alumni outreach, graduations, conferences, and workshops. Support the Graduate and Undergraduate Program Directors to communicate academic, co-curricular, experiential, and professional development information to students.

  • Provide or coordinate IT support or guidance for faculty, staff and other instructors. Maintain or coordinate the maintenance of computer labs and digital plotters/printers. Update departmental resources and workshops on digital technology and programs.

  • Coordinate with other Design Building academic units on technology, and collaborate with the Design Building Technology Committee.

  • Assist other staff with event planning and execution as required. Serve as back up to other department staff, and perform related duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree and one year of relevant experience.

  • Experience in website management and social media communication.

  • Excellent design and graphic skills, including ability to use Adobe Creative Suite.

  • Excellent writing, editing, verbal and interpersonal skills, including the ability to quickly develop and sustain productive relationships with variety of internal and external constituents.

  • Strong initiative and excellent time and task management skills, with high-level attention to detail and quality.

  • Understanding of the potential of, and best practices in new and existing technologies to advance the goals of the position.

  • Willingness to learn computer technology and software used in landscape architecture or design fields including, AutoCAD, GIS, or related software.

  • Capability to work successfully as part of a team of technical and non-technical staff.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Degree in Landscape Architecture or Regional Planning.

  • Experience with photography, video production, and video editing.

  • Experience with HTML, CSS, and Drupal.

  • Experience working with multiple computer systems in a networked client/server environment, including printing and plotting technologies.

  • Experience managing social media campaigns and content creation, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or other social media tools in a professional setting.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Must be able to stand for 1 – 2 hours for event video/ photography assignments.

May be required to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Salary Information

PSU Level: 25

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit your online application and include a resume, cover letter, and three (3) professional references. In their cover letters, applicants shouldinclude a diversity statement—a paragraph or two in length—that discusses the candidate’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

May be requested to provide writing samples, video and/or graphic design portfolio as part of the hiring process.

Review of applicants will begin on July 12, 2021 , and will continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive work environment where cultural diversity is celebrated and valued. We believe diversity benefits and enriches the development of all of the students, staff, and faculty in our college. To learn more, please visit

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Jun 25 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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