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Web and Social Media Editor

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Web and Social Media Editor
Department Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18173
Open Date 11/02/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

This is a full-time hourly position with a 40 hour work week and is non-exempt from overtime.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime Yes
Position Summary

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research is a multi-disciplinary “think-and-do tank” housed on the Rice University campus in central Houston, focusing on urban issues in Houston, the American Sun Belt, and around the world.

The Kinder Institute’s Web and Social Media Editor is responsible for maintaining all Kinder Institute websites and implementing the organization’s social media strategy. The Web and Social Media Editor produces, edits, updates, and posts online content in a Drupal-based content management system. Through various channels including (but not limited to) Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and using a variety of techniques, the Web and Social Media Editor executes the social media plan to promote Kinder Institute activities and the Kinder Institute brand. The position may occasionally write and/or edit content for the Kinder Institute’s Urban Edge blog (

As a member of the Communications team, this position reports to the Director of Communications.

Education Required Bachelor's Degree
Concentration / Degree Type
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

Professional experience with web, social media, and google analytics (internships are acceptable).

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.

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
Skills Required

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

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 across the university, especially with the 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 Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link for Posting

Job Duties

Job Duty Name Website Development and Social Media
Description of Job Duty

Website Development and Maintenance
- Responsible for maintaining all Kinder Institute websites. Produces, edits, updates, and posts online content in a Drupal-based content management system (and other systems) in a timely manner with minimal supervision.
- As the Kinder Institute migrates to a new web platform (Drupal CMS), manages content migration and takes lead in developing new content as necessary.
- 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.

Social Media
- 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 the 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.
- Provides onsite social media support for Kinder Institute events, including live streaming and tweeting. Requires some evening and early morning availability.
- Responsible for production of monthly e-newsletter, with a focus on crafting content that is engaging for Kinder Institute constituents.

Percentage of Time 60
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 the Kinder Institute and Rice Administrative Services, as well as lead point of contact between the 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 20
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 products for web, working in conjunction with the Director of Communications and the Senior Editor.
- Other duties as assigned.

Percentage of Time 20

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have one year of related experience with web, social media and google analytics?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Please provide the salary or range that you would require or consider for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)