Rice University Web and Social Media Editor in Houston, Texas

Position Information
Position Summary

Kinder Institute’s Web and Social Media Editor is primarily responsible for maintaining content on the Institute website; updating and maintaining social media accounts; and coordinating the execution of technical website issues with the web contractor.

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Substitution for Education Requirement

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.

Education Preferred

Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public relations, English, or liberal arts.

Experience Required

1 year

Type of Experience

Maintaining and updating web content; using content management systems; writing/managing web content using HTML; direct involvement with an organization’s social media platforms; and familiarity with best practices in social media.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

Maintaining a website in a higher education, nonprofit, or advocacy environment; managing an organization’s social media presence; use of Drupal, Mail Chimp, and Google Analytics; familiarity with SEO best practices; editing audio and video; writing news articles/blog posts in a journalistic style.

Skills Required

Teamwork; strong verbal communication; organization; project management; working knowledge of one or more Adobe Creative Suite programs and WordPress.

Skills Preferred

Knowledge of CSS, API’s, and JavaScript; familiarity with policy areas in which the Kinder Institute works (urban planning, education, transportation, public health, disparity/inequality).

Internal / External Contacts

INTERNAL: Extensive collaboration within the university, especially in Administrative Services but also with various programs affiliated with the Kinder Institute.

EXTERNAL: Some contact outside the university with vendors will be required, in particular with web designers and developers. Contact will be in person, in writing, by telephone, and through email and online communications.

Physical Demands

Ability to move from office to sites around campus and the city for various projects.

Working Conditions

General office environment; travel to off-site locations as needed to perform job functions; occasional evening or weekend work related to events or based on project deadlines.

Security Sensitive


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please include a sample of a relevant work product with your application materials.

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Job Duty Name

Electronic/Online Media (Websites & Social Media)

Description of Job Duty
  • Responsible for maintaining all Kinder Institute websites.

  • Produces, edits, updates, and posts online content in a content management systems and other systems in a timely manner with minimal supervision.

  • Creates new pages for website as needed; coordinates with other staff members on the production and maintenance of program web pages, fundraising campaign websites, newsletters, other promotional/campaign materials, online event listings, as well as promotion of events via social media channels.

  • Develops and maintains a comprehensive online events calendar.

  • Updates the Kinder Institute ‘In the News’ section of website with links to media hits.

  • Responsible for production of monthly e-newsletter, with a focus on crafting content that is engaging for Kinder Institute constituents.

  • Works in conjunction with Senior Editor and other Institute personnel to develop social media strategy. Identifies key social media and web goals and develops techniques to achieve them. Identifies creative ways social media can be used to help fulfill the Institute’s mission.

  • Executes social media plan through multiple daily social media updates through various channels including (but not limited to) Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

  • Uses a variety of techniques (polls, images, headlines, blog posts, quotes, live video, live chats, etc.) across social media platforms to promote Kinder Institute activities and Kinder Institute brand.

  • Uses social media to engage with and grow the Kinder Institute’s audience, including its audience beyond Houston.

  • Trains staff and researchers in social media best practices and works with them to increase their own social media output.

Percentage of Time


Job Duty Name

Electronic Media Metrics, Effectiveness & Collaboration

Description of Job Duty
  • Remains current on and shares information on emerging trends and technologies related to web development, design, and social media.

  • Serves as lead point of contact between Kinder Institute and Rice Administrative Service, as well as lead point of contact between Kinder Institute and contract web designer.

  • Provides monthly analytic reports to Institute leaders on all web platforms including website, blog, social media, newsletter, etc.

Percentage of Time


Job Duty Name

Editorial Content

Description of Job Duty
  • Occasionally writes content for the Urban Edge blog.

  • Collaborates with researchers and external engagement team on how to best represent data and research product for web, working in conjunction with Senior Editor.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Percentage of Time


Job Title: Web and Social Media Editor

Department: Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time

Requisition Number: S17167

Open Date: 10/12/2016

Salary Information: Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications.

Work Schedule: Standard 40 hour work week with some flexibility.

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Eligible for Overtime: Yes