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Communications & Marketing Manager

Communications / Public Relations / Marketing


Communications & Marketing Manager

  • 522043
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • Computer Science
  • Communications / Public Relations / Marketing
  • Administrative & Professional
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

Virginia Tech’s Department of Computer Science (CS) seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Communications & Marketing Manager. The Communications & Marketing Manager promotes the activities of CS faculty, staff, and students to internal and external constituencies across a variety of media platforms.

Reporting to the CS Director of Administrative Operations and the Director of Communications and Marketing for the College of Engineering (COE), the CS Communications & Marketing Manager develops, maintains, and organizes a unified media plan and marketing materials that strategically align the advancement and recruitment goals of the department, the COE, and the University with the ongoing promotion of people, research, and activities within the department. This position develops an annual work plan in consultation with CS and the COE and is evaluated using the success metrics within that plan.

The CS Communications & Marketing Manager identifies newsworthy subjects across the department and generates original articles, featurettes/spotlights, social media posts, website updates, print media, newsletters, and other informational materials designed to highlight productivity, innovation, and impact. In order to ensure appropriate translational treatments of departmental activity to a variety of audiences, the ideal candidate is skilled in the processes of inquiry, research, and interviewing. Through these processes, the CS Communications & Marketing Manager becomes conversant in departmental activities and research and is able to effectively promote the department’s significant socio-technical contributions and highlight its real and potential impacts on communities and society.

In addition to generating original content, the CS Communications & Marketing Manager will design and maintain a publication schedule and review and edit outward-facing content provided by department administrative leadership and other members of the department’s engagement team–the CS Alumni Relations Manager, the CS Event Specialist, the Strategic Partnership Coordinator, and the External Engagement Project Manager–to ensure adherence to brand guidelines, university policies and procedures, and accessibility standards.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in English, communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, or related field.

Strong written communication skills, including editing and copywriting.

Demonstrated success in prioritizing tasks, meeting deadlines, and navigating multiple projects simultaneously.

Experience working with communication platforms in a professional setting.

Familiarity with digital content strategy and management, including content management systems and other web platforms, as well as professional/organizational social media management.

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a range of constituencies.

Excellent oral communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in English, communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, or related field.

Experience in translational science writing for lay audiences.

Experience writing and editing news articles, informational literature, and various reports.

Experience with visual communication mediums (photography, videography, graphic design, etc.).

Experience in a higher education, military, or non-profit environment.


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Salary range of $60,000-$70,000

Review Date

10/17/22; Open until filled

Additional Information

Required Application Materials:

-Cover Letter
-Communications/Marketing Portfolio including a variety of writing and media samples (please provide a link to your digital/electronic portfolio or upload your portfolio)

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Cole Tankersley at cpt19@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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