Arizona State University

Phoenix, Arizona, United States


Posted over 1 month ago · Full time · $75,000.00 - $90,000.00 Annually

Job Description

Manager of Communications and Senior Writer

Arizona State University

Morrison Inst For Public Policy

Campus: Downtown Phoenix



Job Description

Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona’s leading resource for rigorous, independent policy research and analysis, is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as its next Manager of Communications and Senior Writer. This position will receive administrative direction from the Institute’s executive director and leadership team, including the research director and Kyl Center director. This position will produce written content about Morrison Institute research, edit research reports on complex policy topics, and manage marketing communication for the Institute and its Centers (Kyl Center for Water Policy and the Arizona Research Center for Housing Equity and Sustainability). The role will require the conceptualization, creation, and implementation of materials that develop and maintain a strong positive image for the Institute within ASU’s branding and identity standards. The Manager of Communications and Senior Writer will substantively contribute to the writing and editing of policy-focused research content, track and report impact metrics, generate social media and email messaging, oversee the Institute’s Website, and perform other essential duties listed below.


Salary Range

$75,000 - $90,000 per year; DOE


Close Date



Essential Duties

·        Develop and implement plans for successful reputation management, proactively identifying ways to strengthen the Institute’s brand in Arizona and the region.

·        Build and steward relationships with national, state and local media as well as policy makers and key stakeholders.

·        Track and report key impact metrics per the Morrison Institute strategic plan.

·        Manage the development, design and publication of all printed material and electronic communication.

·        Edit Morrison Institute documents including proposals, board communications, research reports, issue briefs and website content.

·        Produce high-quality written content such as press releases, news alerts, Web content, speeches and an annual impact report.

·        Generate the Institute’s social media content, maintaining a brand built on objective, nonpartisan research and civil discourse.

·        Manage the Institute’s Salesforce Marketing Cloud email program.

·        Occasionally plan and execute virtual and in-person events, including the institute’s annual gathering for donors and public policy leaders. Event tasks include promotion, media engagement and securing speakers and moderators.

·        Coordinate with relevant University offices on all marketing strategies and publicity.

·        Within University policy, solicit bids and maintain working relationships with outside vendors related to these core duties.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing or closely related field AND five (5) years of experience in a public relations/marketing role; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications

·        Evidence of written communication skills with experience and proficiency writing for multiple formats (Web content, social media, speeches, grant proposals, research executive summaries)

·        Experience communicating qualitative and quantitative research findings and data to diverse, non-academic audiences

·        Experience developing marketing plans to promote reports and research-based tools

·        Experience tracking and reporting impact metrics

·        Familiarity with key Arizona policy issues and experience communicating about policy and political content in an unbiased, nonpartisan data-driven manner

·        Experience managing communication/marketing budgets

·        Experience managing staff and contractors

·        Familiarity with Cision PR software

·        Familiarity with Hootsuite social media planning software

·        Experience in using interpersonal skills and a proven ability to be responsive, collaborative and adaptable in an environment with multiple projects, partners, clients and funders


Working Environment

·        Activities are generally performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse.

·        Frequently required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.

·        Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.

·        Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities.

·        Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.

·        May be required to travel between buildings at the Downtown campus, which requires walking moderate distances.


Department Statement

While other institutions may single out for study a particular side of an argument, the Morrison Institute has developed a uniquely nonpartisan model recognizing that Arizona's past and future always favor independence. Our research cuts across all boundaries of age, ethnicity, gender, economic status and locale. That's why research undertaken by Morrison Institute addresses all sides of an issue and all those impacted by the policy enacted.


The Watts College of Public Service embraces students and faculty dedicated to rigorous education and research in the service of social and economic change. Areas of expertise include: improving the quality of life for individuals and families from all backgrounds; innovative approaches to public management; and nonprofit leadership and organizational effectiveness. We partner with those intent on addressing critical social issues and are confident that Phoenix and the State of Arizona can be exemplars for the future.


ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


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Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.


Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.


Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.


Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.


ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.


Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.


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