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Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and over 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, meaningful research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs.

SMU serves approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students through eight degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and SciencesCox School of BusinessLyle School of EngineeringMeadows School of the ArtsSimmons School of Education and Human DevelopmentDedman School of LawPerkins School of Theology and Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

SMU is data driven, and its powerful supercomputing ecosystem – paired with entrepreneurial drive – creates an unrivaled environment for the University to deliver research excellence.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical, enterprising leaders in their professions and communities. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for global impact.

SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

About the Position:

This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

This role will serve as the primary external communication and programming coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The person in this role will work to coordinate and produce ODI's cultural intelligence programming, including the Bridgebuilder's Luncheon and Heritage series and co-sponsor of various campus programs. This this role will oversee the publication and management of ODI's website, monthly campus newsletter, and social media. 

Essential Functions:

  • Program and Event Coordination- Oversees major programming initiatives of the office including oversight of the Bridge Builder's Luncheon and key Heritage months. Works directly with diversity officers, booking agents, facilities, marketing and external affairs to ensure success of programming. Also works with other student and employee affinity groups, and marketing/community affairs. 

  • Communication Coordination: Develops and manages key communication vehicles for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Has oversight of strategy and implementation of department website  and social media content; newsletter, and program promotion with campus stakeholders. Works with University marketing and external affairs for message alignment. 

  • Training and Recruitment support: Communicates and promotes training events and opportunities for campus. Also oversees and coordinates faculty recruitment ad process in key locations for greater reach. 

  • Quarterly Meeting Coordination: Coordination of the logistics and preparations for quarterly meetings between University President (other Senior Leaders) and key constituents including but not limited to the Black Unity Forum, APASA, and other Employee Affinity Groups. 

Deadline to Apply:

June 22, 2023

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.



Education and Experience:

A Bachelor’s degree is required. Preferably in field of study in public relations, journalism, communication and management. 

A minimum of two (2) years of experience  in communication, journalism, public relations or similar industry is required. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must possess experience in web design and creating marketing/campaigns for large medium to large size events. Candidate must also demonstrate ability to work with individuals of various backgrounds including senior leadership executive assistants, student and faculty leaders. Candidate with proficiency with Canva (or other graphic design software), Microsoft 365, and experience with HootSuite is highly desired. Social media knowledge in Twitter and Instagram is preferred. 

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills. 

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.  

Physical and Environmental Demands:

  • Sit for long periods of time

Job Information

  • Job ID: 69252535
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Company Name For Job: SMU
  • Position Title: Program and Communication Coordinator - (ORG00000028)
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Institution Type: Four Year
  • Job Type: Full-Time

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