Job Posting: Web Content Specialist at GRCC

Date: December 16, 2015Title: Web Content Specialist Position Number: 659 Hours: 25 hours per week, 42 weeks per year Compensation: $15/hour ($15,750/year) Professional Services, No benefits Reports to: Director of Communications Posting expires: January 20, 2016 (extended from 1-6-16)

  Summary The web content specialist will be responsible for curating content for the college’s website. Primary responsibility includes the creation and editing of website copy to account for accuracy, audience, style and tone of messaging for all website copy in accordance with GRCC Brand Standards. Additional responsibilities include working as a member of the cross-departmental team that is managing the evolution of the website (including, but not limited to, copy, style sheet and template updates), and being one of the liaisons between the communications department and the college regarding this team’s work.

  Essential Job Functions - Manage the communications department web portal. - Advise and assist college departments with copywriting, editing and proofreading web page content in accordance with GRCC Brand Standards. - Write web page copy. - Serve as the liaison between the communications department and college departments with regard to web page content updates. - Maintain schedule of web page content updates. - Collaborate on communications to the college community regarding web content publishing guidelines and standards. - Collaborate on web content development projects (including, but not limited to, copy, photography and video). - Assist the director of communications with management of website analytic documentation, reports. - Support the director of communications in the development and implementation of web content policies. - Assist the director of communications with integration of administrative objectives with regard to aesthetic, editorial, and marketing initiatives for GRCC’s web presence to ensure accurate and professional representation of the college. - Participate as a member of the team managing the evolution of the college’s website (collaborative team including communications, enrollment center and IT departments) - Represent the department on college teams, as needed. - Regular attendance during normal scheduled hours is required. Being present is essential for serving customers and performing the essential functions of this position. - Other duties as assigned by director of communications.

Method of Application Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at www.grcc.edu/jobs Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on January 20, 2016 at 11:59 PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Program Recap: "How to Get Hired" - Myths, Tips, and How it Really Works

by Audra Hartges (www.audrahartges.com) WMPRSA Program: "How to Get Hired"

The job market can be confusing whether you are looking for your first professional position, hoping to transition from your current position, or trying to re-enter the workforce.

At “How to Get Hired” Steve Groenink, Managing Director at Lambert Edwards & Associates, Jim D’Amico, Director of Talent Acquisition for Spectrum Health, and David Dart, Vice President of Global Human Resources at BISSELL Homecare, Inc. explained how the hiring process really works and discussed how to navigate applying and interviewing for a position. Below are highlights from their panel discussion, including three myths they dispelled and some tips to help you land the job.

Myth 1: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

  • Truth is, the company or organization you are dying to work for won’t hire you just because you went to middle school with one of their VP’s. Who you know might help bring your resume to the top of the pile, but isn’t the most important factor.
  • Your personality and how you would fit in the organization is what they are really hiring for and what an interview helps them determine. All three panelists said that before they hire you, they have to like you.

Myth 2: A flawless cover letter detailing your passion and talent will land you an interview.

  • Cover letters almost never get read. Yes, they said it. If there is a hiring manager who will ultimately decide your fate… he or she won’t read it, either.
  • Improve your resume, which does get look at, by making your experience quantifiable. How much money did you make or save your company? How many media impressions did you earn?
  • Students: make your resume stand out by being a leader on campus or by gaining a diverse set of experiences through cultural groups or study abroad.
  • Even if they don’t look at your cover letter, someone hiring you might check your LinkedIn profile. Keep it up to date, especially since some employers (including Spectrum Health this summer) are accepting applications through LinkedIn.

Myth 3: “The hiring process is simple-if they like you, they hire you!”

  • If your interviewer is just “checking boxes” they don’t have any power in the hiring process-you’re just being screened and will be passed on to a hiring manager who will decide to hire you or not.
  • If an HR representative thinks you are a candidate for the position (after a first or second interview) they will become your advocate, attaching their name and credibility to your utter brilliance. They want to help you get the job, so be transparent with them about things like your salary needs.

P.S. Making a move up that ladder? Expect a 10-20% earnings increase in a new position.

Be extraordinary tips.

Most people won’t do these things. You should.

  • Craft a stand-out answer to an experiential interview question by following the plan, do, check model. Tell how you planned for success, what you did, and how you checked or evaluated the success.
  • Follow up, even if you don’t get the job. Both Groenink and D’Amico add their contact information to rejection emails and are willing to discuss with applicants why they weren’t hired. Learn from your mistakes and get ready to blow away the competition next time.

Job Opportunity - Corporate Communications Manager at Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health is looking for a Corporate Communications Manager: Supports the Director of System Public Relations in developing, implementing, and managing the corporate communications function for the organization. Responsible for internal communications initiatives intended to engage employees and build trust throughout the organization at the system level. Demonstrates expertise and skill in developing strategic, integrated communication solutions and implementing a variety of communications tactics for internal audiences. Coordinates system messaging across a variety of platforms. Develops strong relationships with internal stakeholders. Participates in crisis communications. Manages and provides leadership to corporate communications team to help accomplish goals and tasks. [Full Job Description]

Job Opportunity - Public Relations Manager at Truscott Rossman

Lansing-based Truscott Rossman is looking for a Public Relations Manager for its Grand Rapids office.  From the description:

Bipartisan strategic communications firm, seeks a senior account executive for its Grand Rapids office. Firm represents local, statewide, national and international clients, offering a full range of communications services including issues management, crisis and litigation communications, media relations, new media, government affairs, ballot initiatives, community relations and grassroots initiatives.

Full description and application information.

Job Opportunity - Communications Manager for Davenport University

Davenport University is looking for a Communications Manager - from the description of the position: The Communications Manager is responsible for the planning, execution and measurement of University Communications programs and projects designed to deliver branded messaging to key audiences that including the general public, employees, students, alumni, donors and other key stakeholders. Projects include media relations, publication development, web communications/social media programs, audiovisual and photographic content development, and message support for University special events.

For more information, visit the job posting online here or download the position description: Communications Manager (.doc) | Communications Manager (.pdf)