Grinnell College Information Technology Services (ITS) is seeking an IT Marketing and Communications Specialist to join the recently-created Core ITS Services Team. This position will have the responsibility of ensuring that campus constituents are informed about available and proposed technology services; proposed, ongoing, and completed technology projects; and operational status changes (e.g., planned or unplanned service outages). Working closely with ITS project managers, and the Office of Communications, the Specialist will develop communication strategies as well as communication materials to be used by subject matter experts and project managers. Additionally, the incumbent will coordinate activities to facilitate communication with campus technology partners outside ITS. The Specialist will be assisted by a small group of student employees, whom they will manage and direct.
Bachelor’s degree and three years of experience.
The Core ITS Services Team
The newest team within ITS, the Core ITS Services Team comprises a dedicated team of project managers, communications and data experts, and business operations staff. The team also provides training for our students, faculty, and staff and is expanding its capacities in all areas of their remit under the direction of a newly-appointed Deputy Chief Information Officer. Home to a number of IT operations-focused student employees, the team prides itself on the experiential learning opportunities its environment and dedicated staff provide.
Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services oversees the majority of technology, audio-visual, and telephone services for Grinnell College, and provides service and strategic support through its functional teams: Enterprise Systems; Information Security; Network Services; User Services; and Core ITS Services. ITS has an annual operating budget (excluding salaries and asset rotation) of approximately $4 million and a professional staff of about 40. Under new leadership (the Chief Information Officer was appointed in 2015), and with the full support of the visionary president, Dr. Raynard S. Kington, ITS is undergoing a strategic advancement and benefiting from increased investment by the college. The college’s senior leadership team have recognized the benefits of a stronger technology presence on campus and worked hard to create and promote a collaborative culture at Grinnell College.
The ITS organization comprises a dedicated and talented staff committed to supporting the mission of Grinnell College and who exemplify the college’s position as a learning liberal arts college. As such, professional development is a crucial component to the department’s philosophy, which is demonstrated both financially and by the mentor-style approach to management that the ITS leadership employs.
Those who thrive in Grinnell College’s ITS organization are professionals with a positive approach and attitude who are motivated to deliver practical results and ultimately meaningful learning outcomes. Team players, yet able to work under their own initiative, they are flexible to changing requirements, are well organized, and good troubleshooters. Embracing and valuing diversity, they are instinctively collaborative, help others around them, and are not afraid to offer or receive constructive criticism. Clear and accurate written and verbal communication skills are essential, as is a demonstrated customer service orientation.
Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell College has become one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,700 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell’s rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts, sciences, and social studies. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.
The Community of Grinnell
Grinnell is a positive and forward-thinking community. A vibrant Iowa college town of just under 10,000 people located midway between Des Moines and Iowa City on Interstate 80, Grinnell is a convenient place to enjoy life in a small community while living a short hour’s drive away from big-city amenities. Living in Grinnell means enjoying an exceptional quality of life where commutes are short, housing is affordable, life is meaningful, and you are part of the community. For more information about Grinnell, please visit the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce Web site (www.grinnellchamber.org).
Grinnell College offers a relocation allowance for employees who must relocate to accept our employment offer.
All offers of employment by the College to candidates for faculty and staff positions are provisional, subject to a satisfactory background check.
For guaranteed consideration, applications must be received by midnight on Friday, June 15.
About Grinnell College
Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,700 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell's rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts, sciences, and social studies. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.