Communications Coordinator

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
$40,000 - $45,000
28 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship (FRS) at Colorado State University is interdisciplinary with programs of emphasis in forestry, fire science, fire management, natural resource policy/planning, rangeland ecology, and restoration ecology. The Department’s faculty and staff support the Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) and the University in fulfilling the Land Grant Mission in these programmatic areas. The Department offers undergraduate majors in Forestry, Rangeland Ecology, and Natural Resources Management in addition to master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees, and a Master’s in Natural Resource Stewardship degree. The Warner College is home to five academic departments and several centers and institutes such as the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, the WESTFIRE Research Center, the Colorado State Forest Service, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. These programs, institutes and centers provide a foundation for research, education and outreach in this field.

Position Summary

This position will spearhead program planning, development, and strategic communications in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. Responsibilities encompass leadership of promotion and marketing of FRS programs, webpage design and maintenance, student recruitment, outreach related to FRS research and educational programs, and design and facilitation of workshops. Duties may also include strategic development of opportunities as related to the department’s undergraduate, graduate, research, and outreach programs.

Required Job Qualifications

• Earned BS or BA degree in a natural resources-related field of study, technical communications, or journalism and 1-3 years of experience, or a MS degree in a related field of study.
• Experience with higher education including forestry, range, or natural resources fields
• Possession of a valid driver’s license at the time of employment and ability to meet Colorado State University’s vehicle use requirements

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience with strategy development and project planning
• Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple work projects and types of activities while meeting deadlines
• Demonstrated interpersonal, oral presentation, and written communication skills in natural resource topics to diverse groups of both technical and non-technical audiences
• Experience with facilitation of workshops/discussions/event management, preferably in a natural resources setting
• Classroom teaching experience or working in an experiential learning setting
• Proficiency with computer applications including word processing, spreadsheet, and database software
• Experience developing marketing strategies and creating marketing materials with graphic and visual arts products
• Experience with web page design and/or graphic design software
• Demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Project Management Duty/Responsibility

• Provide leadership regarding the promotion and marketing of FRS programs, people (students, faculty, alumni), activities, and accomplishments to internal and external audiences
• Work with WCNR Dean’s Office to develop and place FRS content promoting achievements, research, student success and other stories of interest both in internal channels and external media
• Provide input on strategic direction and opportunities for program development within the department
• Create print media and coordinate graphic design projects in collaboration with FRS faculty and staff, and Colorado State University Creative Services
• Coordinate the production of video content with CSU videography in collaboration with FRS faculty and staff
• Digital media development and management including social media feeds and web content management
• Interface and partner with Division of External Relations to amplify FRS content and messaging via University communications resources
• Other duties as assigned

Percentage Of Time 60 Job Duty Category Program Outreach Duty/Responsibility

• Assist in student outreach and recruitment efforts including plan development and implementation for FRS programs
• Assist in coordinating science delivery and outreach programs including creation and design of FRS-sponsored workshops, symposia and trainings

Percentage Of Time 25 Job Duty Category Event Planning Duty/Responsibility

• Plan, coordinate, and implement all logistics for FRS programmatic events (on and off campus)
• Plan, contact, invite, and facilitate featured speakers for department seminar series

Percentage Of Time 15

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application materials consist of: Cover letter, Resume/CV, three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Anticipated start date of position is April 3, 2017.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.