Jeff Girod

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

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ABOUT

An imaginative, versatile communications and marketing specialist, with extensive experience in print and digital.

Strong qualifications in staff and project management, branding and promotion, strategic planning, public speaking, writing
and editing, social media, web, video, and design.

Recognized as a goal-oriented self-starter, with a national

award-winning record in narrative and visual presentation.

Highly productive and detail-oriented, creating multi-layered campaigns effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-intensive

agency environment.

 

EXPERIENCE

2012-2018
University of California, Riverside
Student Affairs Marketing & Communications
Riverside, CA

Senior Visual Content Manager

Supervised a team of web designers and web copywriters, responsible for media collateral, re-branding, change management and analytics for more than 60 websites within the Vice Chancellor’s office of Student Affairs.

2008-2012
University of California, Riverside
Student Affairs Marketing & Communications
Riverside, CA

Senior Creative Copywriter

& Web/Graphic Designer

Provided art direction, graphic design, illustration, creative copywriting and editing for student-targeted marketing campaigns including websites, emails, newsletters, posters, brochures, club cards, fliers, t-shirts, etc.

2018-Present
University of California, Riverside
College of Humanities, Arts, 
and Social Sciences
Riverside, CA

Director
Marketing & Communications

Creates, implements and leads all aspects of a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy for UCR’s largest college, with more than 13,000 students, 1,000 faculty/staff, 3 art galleries and 25 departments/centers.

2016-2017
University of California, Riverside
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
Riverside, CA

Strategic Planning Facilitator
(limited appointment)

Worked closely with six department directors within Student Health and Wellness Services to create mission statements, SWOT analyses, a standardized set of 20 metrics, and SMART goals that aligned with UCR and VCSA strategic goals.

2009-2014
Inland Empire Weekly
Corona, CA

Senior Columnist

Served as the editorial voice on topics as varied as sports, entertainment, politics and religion, penning the Final Word column appearing each week on the last page of the alternative weekly and online.

2007-2010
KPCC, 89.3 FM
Pasadena, CA

Commentator

& News Correspondent

Reported as a frequent on-air personality for “Off-Ramp,” based in Los Angeles, with sister stations in Riverside and San Bernardino counties on 89.1 FM and in the Coachella Valley on 90.3 FM.

2000-2008
The Press-Enterprise
Riverside, CA

Graphic Designer,

Reporter & Columnist

Coordinated with teams of editors, reporters and photographers to write and design more than 50 special sections for topics as varied as Hurricane Katrina to the Academy Awards and Super Bowl.

1997-2000
San Gabriel Valley Newspapers
Covina, CA

Graphic Designer
& Columnist

Integrated responsibilities in page design, illustration and art direction with copy editing, headline writing, reporting and column writing for the Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Whittier Daily News.

1996-1998
Los Angeles Times
Glendale, CA

Advertising Designer

Collaborated with sales and marketing staffs to create full-page, full-run, color automobile and real estate advertisements for publication in the Los Angeles Times and its associated print publications.

 

NONPROFIT

2020-Present
UCR Staff Assembly
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA

Vice President / President-Elect

In conjunction with the President, oversees the internal workings of Staff Assembly. Attends all meetings with major campus officials and other supporters of Staff Assembly. Serves as the main contact for all major corporate sponsors throughout the year and at major Staff Assembly events.

2020-Present
Feeding America — Riverside, San Bernardino
Riverside, CA

Board Member

The Board of Directors is responsible for the oversight of finances, management, and performance of FARSB and commits to serving in a voluntary, non-executive capacity.

2018-Present
Mission Inn Foundation
Riverside, CA

Docent

Serves as a volunteer docent, leading 75-minute walking tours of the ground and first floors of Riverside's historic Mission Inn, designated as a national landmark in 1977. Shares stories and information about the architecture and artifacts of the Mission Inn, as well as historical stories about its people, the citrus industry, southwest migration and the greater Southern California region.

2020-Present
Highgrove Municipal Advisory Council
Riverside, CA

Board Member

Serves as a voluntary member of the local board to discuss land use, transportation and general county information, and makes recommendations on these topics to the county supervisor.

2015-2019
United Nations Foundation
Washington, D.C.

Champions Council

Advocates and promotes the importance of mosquito bed nets in Sub-Saharan Africa to reduce the spread of malaria. Lobbies locally and nationally elected officials to support the United Nations Foundation through legislation, public statements and government funding.

2017-2018
Toastmasters International — Club 8704
Riverside, CA

Vice President, Membership

Responsible for planning, organizing and directing a program that ensures individual member retention and growth in club individual membership.

 

EDUCATION

 
2010

Master of Fine Arts

1996
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Barbara

Bachelor of Arts

CONTACT

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MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS