Employment Status: Full-time, "exempt", temporary one (1) year appointment.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday from 8:00 am through 5:00 pm.
Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 30, 2019.
Position Summary: The Communication Specialist will work under the direction of the Dean of College of Arts and Letters and is primarily responsible for enhancing the CSUSB College of Arts and Letters (CAL) brand through strategic communication, quality feature, editorial, and news writing, developing content for digital and social media platforms. Work independently on a broader range of projects related to writing, editing, and proofreading CAL newsletters or other electronic and/or related materials. Assignments will include collaboration with faculty and staff with the creation of electronic-based communications for targeted internal and external audiences. Create content for website updates.
Develop text for a variety of digital and print resource material for CAL stories, events, and programs. Edit acquired content for style, grammar, and accuracy.
Assist in researching, writing and executing media plans; developing messages and story pitches; conducting personal pitches; writing supporting materials that include media advisories, news releases, fact sheets, key media collateral, PSA's, editorial opinions, talking points, and radio actualities.
Write, research and produce resource material including, but not limited to, print and web material, advertising, news, and editorial.
Proofread and edit copy updates to ensure CAL brand values are clearly communicated.
Collaborate with University personnel to ensure marketing efforts contribute to style standards and best practices for our internal and external markets.
Provide daily support to social media initiatives.
Develop story ideas and identify appropriate CAL sources in response to general breaking news and trends.
Meet regularly with administrators, faculty, staff, and students to develop story and marketing ideas.
Serve as editorial liaison to CAL departments, maintaining project flow and approval process.
Coordinate research efforts including focus groups, interviews, and surveys.
Meet production schedules and deadlines.
Attend CSUSB committees/meetings as needed to provide support for developing messaging strategies.
Contribute to the CAL vision and strategic plan of being the Academic leader in customer service through quality, commitment, courtesy, and teamwork.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, public relations, English, or a related degree program.
Two or more years of successful communication, advertising, and marketing related experience.
Identify and select information appropriate to the genre of the assignment, e.g., such as social media, videos, letters, feature stories, press releases, digital signage, CAL website, etc.
Demonstrated ability to understand and become conversant with complex issues.
Should write exceptionally well using proper syntax, standard grammar and punctuation.
Exercise good judgment when dealing with the public before speaking or writing about CSUSB and CAL.
Understand, appreciate, and articulate the mission and vision of the University.
Demonstrated success in a team-oriented working environment.
Ability to balance multiple projects and work effectively under tight deadlines with attention to detail.
Must be a creative problem-solver.
Must be able to communicate effectively and maintain professional relationships with many different constituencies within and outside the University.
Must be able to maintain a friendly attitude during stressful conditions.
Must be able and willing to take direction.
Ability to produce in a fast-paced work environment.
Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
General computer literacy.
Be willing to take advantage of professional development learning opportunities.
Be a self-starter completing assignments with little or no supervision.
Working knowledge of and ability to apply standard theories, practices, principles, and techniques related to communications in public affairs, media, marketing, and/or sports information areas.
Thorough knowledge of and ability to use effectively media outlets including planning media coverage and media publicity campaigns for university and events.
Working knowledge of copyright and other applicable laws pertaining to publications and media.
Working knowledge of marketing and research techniques and methods.
Passion for California State University, San Bernardino.
Working knowledge of University organizational policies, rules, regulations, procurement, purchasing.
Familiarity with both MacIntosh and PC software is preferred.
Experience in a higher education development or marketing setting is preferred
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.
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.
California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.
This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information: http://hrd.csusb.edu/conflictInterest.html
This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)
California State University, San Bernardino offers a challenging and innovative academic environment. The university seeks to provide a supportive and welcoming social and physical setting where students, faculty and staff feel they belong and can excel. The university provides students the opportunity to engage in the life of the campus, interact with others of diverse backgrounds and cultures, as well as participate in activities that encourage growth, curiosity and scholarly fulfillment. Through its branch campus in Palm Desert, the university mission extends to the Coachella Valley.
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