Communications Specialist

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
04 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is one of eight academic programs in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Colorado State University (CSU) is Colorado’s land-grant institution and holds the Doctoral/Research University-Extensive classification from the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. Our mission is to generate, disseminate, and apply knowledge about human development across the lifespan, in the context of family, culture, and society. The department approaches human development and family studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. A driving force behind this work is commitment to the application of research findings to programs and policies that enhance the lives of individuals and families. The department is home to two Bachelor of Science degree programs: HDFS and Early Childhood Education, as well as a minor in gerontology. The department also has master’s programs in Prevention Science and Marriage and Family Therapy, and a doctoral program in Applied Developmental Science. Department centers include the Early Childhood Center, the Center for Family and Couple Therapy, the Child Trauma and Resilience Assessment Center, and the Prevention Research Center. Applicants are encouraged to visit the department at

Position Summary

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at CSU is seeking a Communications Specialist to manage internal and external communication efforts, the development of marketing and recruitment content, and advancement activities including philanthropic grant-writing and communication with alumni and faculty emeriti. The successful candidate will supervise student employees as needed. This position will report to the Department Head of Human Development and Family Studies and provide communication support to the various undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as centers, within the department. Other duties as assigned.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science/Arts in journalism, English, communications, marketing, public relations or a related field
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in developing and revising website content
  • Experience with developing, organizing, and writing content and articles for newsletters and brochures
  • Graphic design skills
  • Proficiency in social media platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, Twitter
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple assignments, establish priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in journalism, English, communications, marketing, public relations or a related field
  • Knowledge of Word Press
  • Knowledge of AP style
  • Knowledge of web and social media analytics
  • Photography and videography skills
  • Experience with email newsletters and marketing
  • Interest in disseminating diverse and valuable information related to the areas of human development and family studies
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment that includes a variety of duties
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with a commitment to excellence
  • Ability to understand and relate to a variety of individual, group, and cultural perspectives
  • Commitment to inclusive excellence
  • Evidence of professional independence, enthusiasm, and innovation

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 Communication management Duty/Responsibility

Design and implement effective communication on behalf of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and its faculty. Develop and maintain HDFS website content and its social media sites. Develop the HDFS alumni newsletter and annual reports for the department and its centers. Assist with various writing, photography, and video tasks as assigned. Supervise student employees as needed. Liaison to college communications team.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Marketing Duty/Responsibility

Assist department with market research related to web utilization, student recruitment, and communication in areas of strategic growth. Work with faculty and the department to develop recruiting materials for its academic (undergraduate and graduate) programs. Participate in student recruitment activities as needed.

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Grant writing Duty/Responsibility

Work with faculty on grant writing to philanthropic foundations. Drafting letters of support, writing sections of proposals, and editing are examples of activities that may be required.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Advancement support Duty/Responsibility

Correspond as needed with HDFS alumni, donors, and faculty emeriti. Update database lists for these groups as required. Liaison to the CSU Foundation and college development team. Develop marketing and promotional materials for department events. Some event planning activities and participation are required.

Percentage Of Time 15 Job Duty Category Other duties as assigned Duty/Responsibility

Other duties as assigned

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply by February 19, 2018, 11:59 pm (MT). Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, which addresses position qualifications, a resume and three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

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

Search Contact Sarah Barrett,

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.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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.