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The Communications Specialist III under general supervisor of the Senior Communications Manager and Assists with the development, coordination and implementation for the marketing and implementation of communications for the Marking and Communications (Marcom) department. The Communications Specialist III writes, edits, and assists in the production and design of communications materials, both print and digital.
Responsibilities of the Communications Specialist III include developing messaging for the Marcom department in support of media relations, social media, and print and digital publications, and helping to manage external and internal communications for the department. The communications specialist III also assists with ensuring communications in all mediums are of the highest quality, are consistent with A&M-SA's stated values and align with established institutional identity standards. Â
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Assist with the development and implementation of a communication strategy that includes media outreach and content creation;
Research and write media advisories and news releases, and disseminate to media outlets;
Assist with media relations, helping to manage media inquiries and facilitate interviews, statements and other media-related interactions;
Research and write compelling stories for University news site, newsletters, magazine and other publications highlighting students, faculty, staff, administration, and other key constituencies;
Develop and implement communications plans to promote special events and programs, and help to generate ideas for communications strategies;
Proof, edit and update marketing and communications collateral, both print and digital.
Draft, edit and disseminate University communications, both external and internal, via University communications system;Â
Assist with creation and dissemination of University newsletters for targeted constituencies;Â Â Â
Prepare and schedule Daily Media Summary via online media monitoring system;
Work with Marcom team to update guidelines, procedures and processes documentation, both printed and digital; and
Publish marketing and communications content online, including press releases, media advisories, and news stories via University CMS systems.
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree (Communications, English, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing or a related field preferred).
Four years of experience in communications, writing/editing, marketing, or a related field.
Required Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Excellent proofreading and copy-editing abilities with strong attention to detail;
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite;Â
Ability to multi-task and adapt to changing circumstances and shifting priorities in a highÂ¬ profile environment;
Ability to present information clearly and concisely;
Interpersonal skills and professional acumen to work effectively with administrators, unit directors, strategic communications personnel, faculty, staff, and students; and
Highest level of professionalism and respect for confidentiality.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Familiarity with higher education goals, structures, and communication standards, and ability to understand, analyze and present relevant information to a variety of audiences;
Familiarity with design software, namely Adobe Creative Cloud applications;Â
Experience using Cascade and WordPress CMS to manage web content;
Knowledge of communicating with large audiences through online communications platforms, such as Constant Contact;
Working knowledge of social media platforms and content creation; and
Experience using online media monitoring systems, such as Meltwater.
This document represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. Other duties may be assigned.
Please make sure to provide the following documents:
Cover Letter to include two professional references
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