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The United States International University - Africa is the largest, private, secular university in East and Central Africa catering to almost 6000 students representing 65 nationalities and with a global network of over 12000 alumni. USIU - Africa is committed to providing quality, affordable education through world-class service delivery platforms.
USIU-Africa’s Institutional Planning and Advancement Division is the university’s commercial unit, responsible for strategic planning, marketing and communications, fundraising and alumni functions. 

The Division is looking to recruit an appropriate candidate for the following position:

External Communications Coordinator

Reporting to the Head of Marketing & Communications, the successful candidate will be responsible for the effective delivery of information and corporate communications to USIU-Africa faculty, staff and students and its external publics. 


The role is wide ranging, encompassing the timely co-ordination of corporate communications through a range of channels to ensure ease of access, clarity and consistency.

Key Responsibilities
 
PR functions
·                     Contributing to and develop the University’s external communications strategies, as well as developing synergy of all external communication that goes on to amplify the USIU-Africa image.
·                     Give updates on external activities to be up loaded on the university social sites to ensure they are fully updated to meet USIU-Africa’s publicity, marketing, fundraising and communication needs.
·                     Work closely with various units of the university to collect and prioritize stories for effective and consistent coverage.
·                     Oversee production of news and feature stories, publicity materials, press releases, photographs, videos, and other strategic and targeted communications as required.
·                     Plan, organize and direct Public Relations activities and events that enhance USIU-Africa’s relationship with various target audiences and enhance positive publicity.
·                     Collating and analyzing media coverage
Marketing and Communication Functions
·                     Ensuring that information, news items, features and images are updated on the USIU-Africa website.
·                     Monitoring market activity and competitor activity
·                     Coordinating with university fraternity to ensure that all external material is to standard.
·                     Assisting the Head of Marketing and Communications in the development and delivery of marketing, public relations and communications strategies.
Qualifications & Experience
·                     An undergraduate degree in Communications Studies / Advertising / Public Relations / Marketing.
·                     5-7 years in Public Relations / Communications / Marketing.
Skills
·                     Strong conceptual skills
·                     Strong writing and editing skills
·                     Web management and social media management skills
Competencies
·                     Resourcefulness
·                     Initiative
·                     Working closely and lead team members to achieve objectives
·                     Excellent ability to communicate fluently in English
·                     Work independently.
·                     Ability to proof work for quality, clarity and accuracy
·                     Ability to supervise and manage people

Marketing & Communications Associate

Reporting to the Head of Marketing & Communications, the successful candidate will be responsible of administrative duties in the department and executing marketing and communication activities for the university.

Key Responsibilities
 
Administration:
·                     Prepare and consolidate database of USIU-Africa articles and advertisements.
·                     Work with procurement on the generation of quotations that are cost effective for the department.
·                     Make requisitions for payment of vendors.
·                     Following up with payments of vendors that have rendered services to Marketing & Communications department to be settled in a timely manner.
·                     Manage printing requisitions.
·                     Book transport for the M& C team, get a gate pass for items leaving the campus for the departments use.
Event planning and management
·                     Being involved in key planning stages of any form of event or initiative drawn for the Institutional Planning and Advancement Division.
·                     Assisting the department plan and execute its own departmental events.
·                     Assisting departments, committees, clubs, sports team develop action, marketing and publicity plans that are in line with the Marketing & Communication objectives & outcomes.
·                     Take photos and or work alongside the photographer in scheduling and planning photo shoots i.e. event coverage.
·                     Coming up with fresh and innovative ideas on how to tackle/prevent challenges or crisis around events.
·                     Allocate M&C banners to other departments upon formal request to use them and ensure return of the banners to the department.
·                     Assist in strategic set up of banners and other equipment (indoor/outdoor) during major external events.
·                     Assist in the coordination of journalists during events.
Communication:
·                     Manage and respond to enquiries made at info@usiu.ac.ke.
·                     Execute the digital strategy to social platforms.
·                     Monitoring all social media sites assist in coming up with social media campaigns.
·                     Sharing relevant career vacancies information to students.
·                     Updating the Electronic board.
·                     Sharing up to date information on all marketing platforms.
·                     Assist the department in gathering stories from various units around the university to generate publicity for the institution.
·                     Responding to issues raised by people on social media as per guidelines stipulated by the office.
·                     Assist in market research surveys and monitoring whenever the need arises.
·                     Attend Admissions events whenever possible.
Qualifications & Experience
·                     An undergraduate degree from an accredited university, preferably in Business Administration, Marketing or Journalism. However experience in marketing or communications is also applicable to those with other undergraduate degrees.
·                     1-3 years' experience in marketing or communications.
Skills
·                     Strong conceptual skills
·                     Strong oral and written communications skills
·                     Photography Skills
Competencies
·                     Resourcefulness
·                     Initiative
·                     Resilient
·                     Working closely with team members to achieve objectives
·                     Excellent ability to communicate fluently in English
·                     Excellent ability to manage social media platforms
·                     Computer literacy in word processing, data base management and publishing.
·                     Commitment to working with shared leadership and in cross-functional teams.
·                     Ability to manage multiple projects at a time.
·                     Flexible

Head of Fundraising & External Relations

Reporting to the Deputy Vice Chancellor - Institutional Planning & Advancement, the successful candidate will be coordinating the University’s external relations (fundraising) initiatives and grant-writing directly in close cooperation with other stakeholders in expanding the non-tuition revenue streams for the university.

Key Responsibilities
 
Fundraising Functions
·                     Effective management of pertinent information for grant applications with key university staff, private sector organization and donor agencies.
·                     Research and cultivate a wide range of potential funders to the university programs and projects.
·                     Prepare and package grants for submission.
·                     Coordinate major university fundraising initiatives.
·                     Conduct workshop and period training seminar to the university community to upgrade skills in writing proposals for external funding.
·                     Expand and increase contributions for the Endowment and Naming Policies, across the university community.
·                     Actively seek Development Partners to provide financial support to university projects and activities.
External Relations Functions
·                     In consultation with Academic Affairs, pursue strategic alliance and partnership with relevant organizations and universities to develop joint contracted programs.
·                     Periodically engaging with donors through conferences/forums/visitation to seize and cultivate opportunities to build key relations that lead to funding.
·                     Initiate external relations and contacts with key funders and donor agencies in the generation of non-tuition revenues to support the university programs and projects.
·                     Develop and maintain contacts of, and monitor and evaluate performance of key links with university staff and faculty.
·                     Collaborate with the Academic Research Office in seeking to pursue research and project grants.
·                     Lead the university’s participation in neighborhood organizations/initiatives.
Administrative Functions
·                     Development and management of a sectional budget.
·                     Oversight of sectional staff including a volunteer workforce.
Qualifications & Experience
·                     A graduate degree from an accredited university majoring in Public or Business Administration,
·                     Four (4) years of progressive experience in fundraising /grant-writing in a reputable organization.
Skills
·                     Analytical Skills
·                     Grant-writing Skills
Competencies
·                     Thorough and detailed understanding of the substantive administrative elements of fundraising and grant-writing processes.
·                     Ability to obtain, analyze and evaluate complex data and information and prepare precise and accurate analysis and written reports and proposals.
·                     Ability to initiate external relations and contacts with key university staff and faculty including Deans of Schools.
·                     Perceptive analytical abilities and superior ability in writing and speaking effectively.
·                     Effective management to ascertain pertinent information for grant applications with key university staff, private sector organizations and donor agencies.
·                     Broad knowledge of computer applications, budgeting, accounting and internal control processes.
·                     Ability to identify, research and cultivate a wide range of potential funders of university programs and projects.

Creative Graphic Designer

Reporting to the Head of Marketing & Communications, the successful candidate will be responsible for planning, analyzing, designing, and creating official university marketing materials that educate and inform both internal and external audiences on various mediums about USIU-Africa’s mission, people, programs, and services.

Key Responsibilities
·                     Discuss the business objectives and requirements of the job and interpreting the client's business needs and developing a concept to suit their purpose.
·                     Produce graphic designs for brochures, catalogues, fliers, mailers print and online advertisements, posters, digital displays, flyers, and other publications that are final for outputting for various mediums.
·                     Liaising with printers, for creative output, costs and delivery timelines
·                     Formulate the university brand manual for various mediums and platforms.
·                     Provides preliminary proofing of text and reviews final product to ensure it is complete and accurate.
·                     Originates design concept and layout for materials including photo taking and selection, digital manipulation, and font usage adhering to college brand standards; generate updates and changes as needed.
·                     Understanding of core design elements such as type, contrast, alignment, proximity, layout
·                     Maintain a consistent message throughout the development and design process.
·                     Ensure that all designs are properly aligned with USIU-Africa branding and marketing standards.
·                     Assist the student fraternity on creative materials that they develop from the year book to fliers for club activities and events on and off campus
Qualifications & Experience
·                     An undergraduate degree from an accredited university.
·                     At least five (5) years' progressive working experience in graphic design in a professional environment.
NB: Kindly attach a portfolio of previous design projects.
 
Skills
·                     Photography Skills
·                     Layout skills
·                     Illustration skills
·                     Excellent presentation skills and communication abilities at all levels of both internal and external organizations.
Competencies
·                     A strong working knowledge of interaction design, user-centered experience design, brand development, print media, digital marketing and the creative process.
·                     Advanced experience in managing the creative development process in a high-pressure environment.
·                     Understanding the printing process and how it affects design concepts and product outputs.
·                     Work well with others and be flexible in design strategies to improve creative processes to keep work on budget and schedule.
·                     Strong ability to prioritize work and resources across engagements based on short and long-term needs
·                     Detailed-oriented.
·                     Able to handle criticism professionally.
·                     Experience with working with the web and understanding how campaigns work.
·                     Comprehensive awareness and interest in new digital channel platforms and technologies.

Alumni Relations Officer

Reporting to the Head of Alumni Affairs, the successful candidate will be expected to engage alumni through enhancing target activities, communications and fundraising initiatives.

Key Responsibilities
·                     Support the planning and implementation of programs and projects that strategically engage the USIU-Africa alumni in strengthening the USIU-Africa Alumni Association’s programs while providing tangible benefits to alumni and the university.
·                     Manage Alumni Affairs content via alumni webpages, publications and social media.
·                     Support the planning and implementation of social activities and events that strategically engage the alumni community.
·                     Preparing reports regarding alumni activities.
·                     Assist to implement and promote alumni programs as well as the goals of the USIU-Africa Alumni Association
·                     Management of accurate and complete alumni database records.
·                     Facilitate communication with the alumni community.
·                     Maintain an organizational calendar of alumni-related events and activities.
·                     Organize and execute alumni activities in partnership with the university.
·                     Provide guidance and meaningful opportunities to alumni volunteers.
Qualifications & Experience
·                     Undergraduate degree in Communications, Marketing or a business-related field, from an accredited university.
·                     At least two (2) years in a similar or comparable position.
Skills
·                     Communication Skills
·                     Social Media Skills
·                     Event Planning and Management Skills
·                     Networking Skills
·                     Fundraising Skills
·                     Editorial Skills
Competencies
·                     Ability to multi-task simultaneous projects
·                     Ability to work with other organizational units within the university.
·                     Detail-oriented
·                     Resourcefulness
·                     Initiative
·                     Working closely and lead team members to achieve objectives
·                     Excellent ability to communicate fluently in English
·                     Work independently.
If you have the requisite qualifications and experience and want to work as a team member in a modern and progressive institution where you can make a difference, please apply.

Interested applicants must provide a cover letter and a current CV, certified copies of educational certificates and transcripts, names and addresses of three referees, current salary and benefits, telephone and e-mail contacts to the address below by: Friday, 29 May, 2015.

Head of Human Resources,
United States International University
P.O Box 14634-00800,
Nairobi, Kenya
 
Email: hr@usiu.ac.ke or jobs@usiu.ac.ke
 
Web: www.usiu.ac.ke
 


USIU-Africa is an equal opportunity employer

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