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We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State University’s Board of Governors-approved Mission, Values, and Guiding Principles as well as our Principles of Community, which together inform our teaching, research, service, and engagement.

Colorado State University is a land-grant institution committed to a 150-year-old mission of access to higher education for the citizens of Colorado and to excellence in teaching, research, and outreach. The campus is located in the city of Fort Collins, the county seat of Larimer County. Fort Collins is a progressive community of approximately 171,000 situated 65 miles north of Denver on Interstate 25. Located at an elevation of 5,000 feet, Fort Collins has a clear, dry climate and generally pleasant temperature throughout the year. The office for this position is in University Square building on Fort Collins campus. To learn more about Colorado State University’s Office of Engagement and Extension.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Sunday, November 28, 2021. Please submit the following to apply:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcript of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number.

All applicants will be contacted approximately 15 working days after the deadline regarding their status. Next steps and interview dates will be shared to those moving forward. Four professional references will be requested of applicants that advance in the interview process. For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email oeo@colostate.edu. For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Annie Albrecht at (830) 643-4664 or Annie.Albrecht@colostate.edu.

PURPOSE OF POSITION

The Communications Specialist reports to the Office of Engagement & Extension (OEE) Communications Manager and is a member of the Office of Engagement & Extension communications team. This project supports our communications as part of our expanded rural engagement focus. 

The specialist creates content including design and featured stories for traditional print, web, social and digital communications platforms under the guidance of and direction by the communications manager. This position also manages communications channels including social media, emails including e-newsletters, websites, and intranet. 

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

Social Media Channels: 40%

  • Develop and manage content plan aligned with overall communications and brand strategy.
  • Create engaging social media posts and content for multiple channels including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter.
  • Manage timeline and scheduling of posts for multiple units within the Office of Engagement and Extension.
  • Monitor channel engagement to increase connection to content.
  • Support channel reporting.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Website and Intranet Content Management: 40%

  • Create images and content for division websites.
  • Manage content reviews and posting calendar.
  • Complete website updates, incorporating SEO and keywords.
  • Develop webforms and track/respond to information requests.
  • Support channel reporting.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Newsletters/Email/Traditional Print Channels: 20%

  • Gather, organize, and write content for informational emails and newsletters.
  • Manage process from start to finish, including planning, scheduling, moving through content review process, testing, distribution, and reporting.
  • Support channel reporting to optimize performance of channel.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

SALARY: The starting salary for this position is $50,000-$60,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Completed bachelor’s degree in communication, English, journalism, public relations, marketing, or closely related field. 
  • Minimum of three years-experience in communications work.
  • Experience producing and editing copy for multiple audiences and across multiple platforms (including traditional, social, web and email). 
  • Understanding of and experience with channel reporting tools and metrics. 
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Microsoft Office and industry software such as Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop), WordPress and Canva.
  • Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstrated experience using a broad range of communications platforms to reach and engage a broad array of audiences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity through inclusive design and language.
  • Experience and proficiency in developing presentations.
  • Experience with Google Analytics and internal reporting tools to collect and analyze relevant data, and to determine the effectiveness of communications and collateral in meeting the identified communication goals and objectives.

BENEFITS: Colorado State University is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas. https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-afap.pdf.

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services. The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu. The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu. The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu. Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Application process and additional information may be obtained at http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/95329