Boasting a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has a 6-to-1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio, and a residential college system, which supports students intellectually, emotionally and culturally through social events, intramural sports, student plays, lectures series, courses and student government. Developing close-knit, diverse college communities is a strong campus tradition, which is why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life and best value among private universities.

Our Public Affairs team is seeking to hire a Digital Content Specialist. In this role, under a unified brand and communications strategy, you will plan, produce, and publish content that promotes Rice on digital and social media platforms and support marketing campaigns to raise awareness and support for the university. In addition, you will serve as the primary staff member responsible for monitoring and maintaining Rice’s social media platforms. You will track metrics, identify trends, recommend responses and devise social media plans to address assigned topics.  The selected candidate will work with the internal creative teams to develop tactics to support digital and social media initiatives in the Office of Public Affairs, as well as with communications teams across the campus to ensure alignment. The salary for this role is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Serves as the primary staff member responsible for establishing, developing, monitoring and maintaining Rice’s digital media presence, including social media channels

Writes copy, designs and coordinates the production of digital communication content; participates in online social media conversations

Identifies high priority or sensitive social media conversations; makes recommendations on how to address issues

Develops integrated digital communication plans to meet objectives

Builds digital communities through social media channels and grows and engages user base

Manages social listening efforts and reports back to management, especially in crisis communication scenarios

Provides customer service to constituents across digital channels

Compiles data, analyzes and reports on social media efforts

Acts as internal advocate for digital community efforts, builds support for social initiatives among internal stakeholders and drives digital best practices

Manages overall development and refinement of digital community strategy and innovative social initiatives

Monitors trends and develops relevant content

Performs other duties as assigned


Bachelor’s Degree in English, journalism or marketing

Two years of professional experience in a marketing team working with digital content, media relations and web teams

Proven knowledge of digital platforms, including social media platforms

Familiar with digital media technology and current and future trends

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Organized, creative and able to take direction and work to meet expected deadlines and schedules

Demonstrated team player

Knowledge of and proficiency with Associated Press (AP) style

Able to support the campus during emergency situations and provide related essential services remotely or on site before, during or after a campus emergency

Experience working in nonprofit, higher education or consumer-facing digital marketing is preferred

Digital media analytics and data tracking experience is preferred


Qualified candidates may apply online by clicking here. Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, resume, and portfolio of previous work. The portfolio may be saved as one PDF document.