Summary of Duties: As a member of the WSU Tree Fruit Extension Team, the Extension ITT Coordinator for Communications will contribute to the outreach efforts targeted to the Washington State tree fruit industry. This position will collaborate with diverse team members, WSU researchers and industry stakeholders to ensure outreach is effectively delivered across multiple platforms. This position will develop a communication plan for a wide array of projects and initiatives that benefit diverse audiences, including tree fruit growers, allied industry, orchard employees, researchers and students. Delivery methods should include but not limited to printed documents, videos, webinars, social media, webpage, podcast and others. The Communications Specialist must be flexible, curious, eager to learn, and comfortable with change in a fast-moving environment. Critical skills include the abilities to: synthesize, simplify and explain complex information; anticipate questions and articulate answers; work independently and productively; manage time and competing demands and tasks efficiently; and communicate effectively with a wide range of people and personality types.
Required Qualifications: Positions require a Bachelors degree in English, journalism, communications or related field and two (2) years of professional level writing/editing experience which has included word processing computer applications and a demonstrated knowledge of graphic arts principles. A Masters degree in a relevant field may be substituted for up to (1) one year of the required experience.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.