California State University System
(Classified As: PUBLIC AFFAIRS/COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST I)
ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Under the general supervision of the Director for Communications and Creative Services, this position will play a key role in executing strategic proactive communications across University communications channels to engage key audiences and enhance the University’s differentiation, relevance, esteem and reputation. This position is a key audience engagement tactician on the communications and public affairs staff, and one of the primary written content creators. This position is integral to advancing the overall communications initiatives of the University.
A college degree, which includes relevant coursework in the field.
Up to two years of related professional or technical experience. In addition, must have strong written and verbal communication skills with a solid foundation in grammar, spelling, and the composition of various communication vehicles.
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of media outlets including print, television, and radio.
A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, public relations or a closely related field.
Ability to make decisions and multi-task to balance multiple priorities.
Experience specializing in the researching, writing and editing of communications content in a higher education institution, public relations agency or closely related field, preferred.
Demonstrated prior full-time professional experience writing concisely, effectively and persuasively in a variety of styles for specific audiences under sometimes-extreme time constraints. Demonstrated organizational skills.
Knowledge of legal issues, protocols and etiquette related to public university communications. Social media and web content marketing experience.
Demonstrated state-of-the-art knowledge of effective message delivery techniques and audience engagement. Knowledge of current Associated Press style.
Excellent computer skills and ability to utilize a variety of programs, including Microsoft Office suite and the current version of the Macintosh computer operating system.
SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Foundation knowledge of general practices, methods and procedures related to public affairs, media relations, marketing, and/or sports information. Ability to keep abreast of public policy and public affairs issues.
Working knowledge of protocols and institutional etiquette related to public and media relations.
Basic knowledge and understanding of media outlets including print, television, and radio. Ability to work with the media for the coverage of events.
Basic knowledge of market research and related techniques. Working knowledge of summary statistics as they relate to research or sports information.
Basic knowledge of applicable copyright and other laws pertaining to written materials, news media and confidentiality.
Working knowledge of applicable software packages.
Knowledge of basic web communication techniques, vehicles and formats.
Strong writing and editing skills to quickly produce clear and concise standard documents for internal and external publication.
Ability to appropriately handle sensitive and confidential information.
Strong interpersonal skills to develop and maintain relationships within the University, with the community and with the media.
SALARY RANGE: $16.86 - $28.73 per hour.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN MARCH 27, 2018 (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications will be processed in accordance with Article 9.3 of the CSU/CSUEU Memorandum of Understanding. Preference will be given to qualified individuals currently employed at CSU Stanislaus in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 except when it is determined that it is necessary to appoint outside applicants to meet the best interest of the campus by obtaining specialized skills and abilities not available from current employees. To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed CSUS employment application (download electronic application at http://www.csustan.edu/hr/Employment_Opportunities/Staff/index.html), cover letter, and resumé to:
California State University, Stanislaus ∙ Human Resources Department
Mary Stuart Rogers Educational Services Gateway Building, Suite 320 (3rd Floor)
One University Circle ∙ Turlock, CA 95382
For questions, please contact: Ms. Kristina Stamper (209) 667-3916