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Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:45pm; some nights & weekends required _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Note to Applicants: Provide 2-3 news and feature writing samples upon application. Cover letter encouraged.
Job Summary: The Communications Specialist I works under immediate supervision with a department or area to craft communications and develop and implement plans, activities and tactics to support the goals of a specific department and/or college/division and the University. Knows fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of communications and public relations. This position does not supervise others.
Additional Department Summary: The Communications Specialist I in the Division of Strategic Communications is a vital part of telling the University’s story and promotes university programs internally and externally. Writes news releases, articles and other public relations materials while building relationships with both sources across campus and members of news media. Takes photographs, creates and edits videos, designs basic digital graphics, creates web pages, and assists with special projects when necessary. This position requires a high degree of professionalism, organization, discretion and discernment.
Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and one (1) year experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, or communications; OR master's degree. Student or Graduate Assistant, Intern, or student-oriented experience will be considered. To be considered student experience, it must be detailed in the employment section on the application.
Additional Required Department Minimum Qualifications: Must be able to work occasional nights and weekends as needed. Provide 2-3 news and feature writing samples upon application. Cover letter encouraged.
Skills and Knowledge: Feature, news, and/or public relations writing skills. Effective interpersonal communication, time-management, and organization skills. Basic photo editing skills. Knowledge of AP (Associated Press) style, content management systems (e.g., WordPress), Microsoft Office Suite, news release distribution and monitoring systems, current and developing trends in media and communications, and fundamental practices and procedures of public relations.
Preferred Qualifications: Three (3) years of experience in public relations in higher education.
Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.
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