San Diego State University is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of historically underrepresented groups.
Initial review of applications will begin on March 2, 2019. To receive full consideration, apply by March 1, 2019. The position will remain open until filled. The online application should be completed in detail. Completion of the online application is required for consideration; a resume alone will not suffice.
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This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent (probationary) position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.
Strategic Communications and Public Affairs leads an important role in helping to shape and strengthen San Diego State University’s brand and visibility of the Office of the President and campus-wide initiatives. The team also advances institutional effectiveness in marketing, communications and both community and governmental affairs. Strategic Communications and Public Affairs is seeking an exceptional individual to join our team as a Writer and Communications Specialist (Public Affairs/Communication Specialist II), a core team member who will assist in engaging key audiences and enhance SDSU’s differentiation, relevance, esteem and reputation. The ideal candidate in should have a positive attitude and an active, energetic mind that is characterized by highly ethical practices and a commitment to diversity, openness, flexibility, integrity and a community orientation.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, the Writer and Communications Specialist researches, writes, edits, and proofs content for the university’s news site, 360 Magazine, strategic communications plans and other projects. The individual in this position will also provide support for media relations, including identifying potential sources for story ideas and media requests, and responding to media inquiries while also consulting with media relations staff on story development and potential sources of information. The Writer and Communications Specialist will also be a lead coordinator with campus communicator partners, responsible for curating and repurposes previously developed content for other institutional communication vehicles.
The Writer and Communications Specialist will also develop relationships and strategies to proactively learn the stories of assigned areas of the institution that are illustrative of an in support of the SDSU’s brand platform, and serve on various departmental and university committees as appropriate or directed. This individual will also periodically present during team, committee and other meetings on best practices as they pertain to writing and communications. Other duties as assigned.
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Compensation and Benefits
Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $4,000 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,515 - $6,173 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.
San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.
Knowledge of the fundamentals of public affairs and/or media relations, and/or some exposure to marketing and marketing research. This background normally is obtained through a college degree, which includes relevant coursework in the field, and up to two years of related professional or technical experience. In addition, strong written and verbal communication skills with a solid foundation in grammar, spelling, and the composition of various communication vehicles are essential to initial entry to this classification.
Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills
Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited four-year college or university in journalism, communication, marketing or a related field.
Experience writing press releases, stories, brochures, and other publications.
A minimum of three years of related professional or technical experience.
Knowledge of the fundamentals of public affairs and/or media relations, as well as some exposure to marketing and marketing research.
Possession of strong written and verbal communication skills with a solid foundation in grammar, spelling, and the composition of various communication vehicles.
Ability to develop themes and concepts and oversee the creation of content and communication materials, including long-term, strategic communications plans.
Ability to use research to enhance the impact of communication strategies and campaigns.
Possession of expert-level networking and interpersonal skills, including strong consultative and persuasive skills to work with internal and external constituents and the media.
Possession of expert writing and editorial skills, as well as demonstrated organizational skills.
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The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
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SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.
Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 91 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. SDSU's approximately 35,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. SDSU's annual economic impact to the state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.Of SDSU's 280,000-plus alumni, approximately 60 percent live in San Diego. They comprise more than half the region's engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs and the local workforce for a host of other industries.San Diego State University is a community diverse in race, ethnicity, language, culture, social class, national origin, religious and political belief, age, ability, gender, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation. As a university committed to learning in all its forms, San Diego State University recognizes the need to attract and retain a critical mass of diverse persons who will advance its goals and ideals.