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 April 5, 2019. To receive full consideration, apply by April 4, 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.
In collaboration with SDSU’s Director, Publications and Campaigns, the Science/Research Writer will work within the university to promote SDSU, and specifically its research mission, through Strategic Communications and Public Affairs (StratComm) existing channels as well as employing creative new strategies. This includes originating, researching and writing stories for SDSU publications, video and other digital media. The editor will also place stories in the news media, blogs and specialty publications, guide StratComm’s video editor in creating research videos and mentor student assistants writing simple research copy. The writer will be involved in the development of 360 Magazine by assisting in writing, editing, and proofing.
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Compensation and Benefits
Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $5,000 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.
Entry to the first level within this classification requires 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, a strong background in current science and research topics plus superior 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
Coursework in journalism, communications, media relations and the sciences.
Master’s degree in journalism, communications, related fields, or sciences.
Five years of experience working in and/or writing about science, research and technology.
Ability to gather and analyze scientific data and information and present it in a clear, coherent manner that can speak to a general audience.
Experience working at a research university to promote research/sciences.
Experience producing creative content for use in a variety of media including print, TV, radio, online and other new media.
Demonstrated experience using the Internet as part of a strategic communications/media relations campaign.
Understanding and experience working with new media to achieve communications objectives for a large, complex organization.
Ability to coordinate multiple activities simultaneously, and prioritize to effectively meet deadlines.
Knowledge of SDSU campus, its faculty, staff, students and key programs.
Associated Press style writing and editing skills.
Must have strong writing and editing skills, including writing and editing content for print/electronic publications and the news media.
Excellent organizational, oral communication, and interpersonal skills.
Computer skills to include extensive knowledge of Microsoft Window (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe, Photoshop, and web-based content management systems.
Ability to travel and attend off-campus appointments and events.
May, on occasion, be required to attend events or perform duties outside of normal work hours.
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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.