Communications Specialist

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 068800 - Dean of Engineering
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
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Position Function:

This position is under the supervision of the Publications Manager of the Bagley College of Engineering. This position will assist with publishing activities for the College including the writing and editing of articles and press releases related to engineering faculty, students, research, and development activities. Editing will also include reports, brochures, admissions pieces, and marketing materials. Activities include assistance with several college events

Salary Grade:  14

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

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Anticipated Appointment Date:

July 1, 2022

Tenure Track Status:

Not applicable.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following examples are intended as illustrations only of the various types of duties assigned in positions allocated to this classification. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment of the position.

1. Assist with the coordination of the marketing initiative for the Bagley College of Engineering with MSU administration, university relations and the MSU foundation. Collaborate on projects with the Dean's Office and other departments within the College.

2. Use various communications to promote a philanthropic spirit to alumni and friends of the Bagley College.

3. Increase the visibility of the Bagley College among other universities through announcements of faculty honors, research funding, appointments, etc.

4. Assist with college events and activities. Activities include, but are not limited to, Dean's Advisory Council, Distinguished Fellows and Student Hall of Fame Banquet, Ph.D. Luncheon, and Graduate Reception.

5. Assist with the content creation and maintenance for the Bagley College website, as well as the departmental sites within the college.

6. Assist with the writing, editing, and research for promotional materials, news articles and press releases pertaining to activities for the Bagley College.

7. Assist with the college’s social media.

8. Arrange photo shoots in coordination with the Office of Public Affairs photographers. Also, assist with internal college portraits, event photography, and image library management.

9. Provide editorial support for interns.

10. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Journalism, or related field or equivalent education and/or work experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Experience with Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop in a Macintosh environment.
2. Familiar with WordPress.
3. Experience with digital photography and videography including lighting, camera equipment, and editing software

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Five years’ experience directly related to the specified duties and responsibilities outlined above.
2. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
3. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with and interview university officials, faculty, prominent alumni, and friends of the Bagley College, i.e., multiple, and varied constituencies.
4. Good computer skills, especially with Microsoft Office.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

No unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.

Instructions for Applying:

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Link to apply:

Please complete the online application and attach a copy of your resume and cover letter along with 3 writing samples (including 1 feature-length article no fewer than 250 words) to the application.

Restricted Clause:

Not applicable.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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