Communications Specialist

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
09 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The College of Natural Sciences strives for rigorous professionalism, recognized excellence, and intellectual vitality in its 8 departments and 10 centers. The college offers 13 undergraduate degree programs in addition to Ph.D. programs in each department. The College of Natural Sciences’ Dean’s Office Communications is responsible for managing and advancing the brand and messaging of the college using a variety of dynamic techniques and platforms. Communications collaborates closely with the college’s departments and units, as well as the University’s Division of External Relations, Office of Admissions, and University Advancement group.

Position Summary

The Communications Specialist in the College of Natural Sciences is a 12-month, full-time Administrative Professional position responsible for projects related to communication with external and internal constituents, including prospective students, current students, alumni, donors, faculty, and staff. Working closely with the college and departments, this position will generate and manage key communications projects, including graphic design, newsletters, writing and editing stories, email campaigns, and digital content. In addition, the Communications Specialist will assist with photography, videography coordination, social media, analytics and metrics, and other communications team tasks, as well as provide training and consultation to personnel in college departments and units. The successful applicant will have strong skills in graphic design as well as writing and editing dealing with complex subject matter – and a willingness to collaborate and improve the work of the college and its departments and units. This position reports to the college’s Director of Communications.

Required Job Qualifications

  • 4-year degree in communications, journalism, technical communications, graphic design, marketing, art, English, or a related field – OR a 4-year degree in an unrelated field and at least two years of full-time work experience in a communications or marketing-related field.
  • Two years of professional experience (inclusive of internships, etc.) in communications, marketing, or related field

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience designing engaging materials for print and digital mediums using Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.).
  • Experience designing professional work within an established visual brand language.
  • Compelling writing and sharp editing skills that span a range of platforms and diverse audiences.
  • Experience writing about technical and/or complex topics for a lay audience.
  • Experience gathering and using analytics and metrics to inform approach.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects effectively and within set timeframes and to prioritize competing demands.
  • Initiative and autonomy in projects.
  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external individuals and teams across different offices and functions.
  • Knowledge/experience with user interfaces and interactive deliverables that perform well on mainstream devices and with assistive technology and experience building accessible content that meets the most current version of the Web content Accessibility Guidelines published by the World Wide Web Consortium.

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 Create and manage content Duty/Responsibility

  • Work with internal and external college, department, and unit stakeholders to create content for use across a variety of platforms.
  • Serve as principal in-house designer and photographer for college communications.
  • Contribute unit-, department-, and college-level news articles.
  • Generate and manage college and department newsletters, including story writing, layout, and email distribution.
  • Spearhead events communications and assist with engagement.
  • Manage college digital assets libraries, providing access to departments and units.
  • Work with departments on recruitment communications.
  • Contribute to social media platforms.
  • Produce content to digital platforms.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Collaboration and consultation Duty/Responsibility

  • Provide graphic design training, resources, consultation, and brand and messaging oversight for departments and units.
  • Provide editorial oversight to departments.
  • Collaborate with the Division of External Relations, University Advancement, Admissions, and other key campus partners to ensure optimized communications.
  • Initiate and coordinate projects with Creative Services and external vendors.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Analytics and strategy Duty/Responsibility

  • Track, report on, and evaluate website analytics and suggest areas for improvement.
  • Track, report on, and evaluate social media analytics and suggest areas for improvement.
  • Monitor and report on industry communications best practices and trends.

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Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a resume, cover letter, 3 professional references (name, e-mail address, and telephone number), at least 3 samples of your graphic design work, and at least 2 samples of your writing; please indicate your role in each project. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. For full consideration, materials should be submitted by 11:59 PM (MT), July 30, 2018.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Special Requirements/Other - May be required to attend occasional evening and/or weekend events.

Search Contact

Katie Courage,

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.