Marketing Communications Specialist

Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation

Description:You’re creative and talented. You work across multiple platforms. You love challenges and a job that is never the same two days in a row. And you like being part of a team that keeps raising the bar and striving for excellence. If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, join a team of award-winning professionals and play an integral role in the communications and marketing program on a dynamic campus that is a regional leader in education and healthcare. 

The Marketing Communications Specialist for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) Ministries Corporation works as part of a collaborative, professional and high-performance team of professionals who have won awards for their work across the country. The incumbent develops high-quality communications materials that showcase programs, people and events and drive engagement among internal and external audiences.

Working on a beautiful 43-acre campus in Beaverton, the team provides marketing and communications support for Valley Catholic School (Oregon’s only Catholic pre-K through grade 12 educational system and a four-time winner of the Oregonian Cup for excellence) and Maryville (offering long-term skilled nursing care, outstanding short-term rehabilitation, and memory care). The team also supports the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Community and the SSMO Foundation.

ResponsibilitiesReporting to the Chief Communications Officer and working closely with the campus Multimedia Specialist and Graphic Designer/Photographer, the incumbent is responsible for content creation (development, writing, editing and distribution) for marketing materials including websites, online newsletters, social media, magazines, news releases and advertisements.

As part of their responsibilities, the incumbent will:Assess communications needs and use best practices to plan, execute and evaluate communications programs and materials.Demonstrate originality, creativity, and sound judgment to develop appealing and appropriate messages.Serve as writer/editor for websites, e-newsletters, magazines, ads and other materials. Ensure accurate and error-free content by fact checking and proofing for grammar, punctuation and readability.Generate and share social media content that is accurate, timely and engaging. Manage a social media calendar. Work with the graphic designer and multimedia specialist to develop graphics, illustrations, photographs, video and other multimedia formats to support communications goals and objectives.Track emerging technologies and new trends (social networking, media sharing, etc.) and aesthetics in popular culture.Assist with the coordination, production and dissemination of marketing and communications materials in accordance with team and campus planning and schedules.

SkillsAbility to research, plan, execute and evaluate communications programs and products from messages to measurement.Superior written and oral communication skills; skill in interviewing, writing for web and print, editing and proofreading.Ability to achieve goals independently and work well in groups.Ability to successfully assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands to meet established deadlines, often under tight deadlines. Ability to adjust to changing requirements, schedules and priorities.Strong attention to detail and project management skills.Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external colleagues, contacts and clients/stakeholders.

KnowledgeGrammar and punctuation rules for print, web and social media; Associated Press Stylebook guidelines and other journalistic standards.Digital and print design, layout and production standards.Project planning and management principles.Proficiency in social media and web analytics.Experience with digital photography and video for social media.Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Suite, MailChimp and WordPress are highly desirable.

EducationBachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations or a related field.Experience2-5 years successfully working within a communications/marketing/​public relations environment.​

CompensationThis is a full-time salaried position. Compensation also includes full benefits: medical/vision insurance (that covers naturopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage therapy); choice of PPO or HMO dental insurance; an employee assistance program; and generous employer contributions to retirement accounts whether employees contribute or not.


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