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Iowa State University Communications Specialist I in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:Communications Specialist I

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree

Preferred Qualifications:Bachelor's degree in public relations, marketing, communications, or a related field, Experience designing and delivering communications for university and industry stakeholders, Experience designing and developing online video content for audience of all ages, Experience establishing relationships with communication professionals and media outlets, Experience in developing and writing for a public audience, Experience with photography, videography, and capacity for flexibility in a fast paced environment, Social media and content creation experience

Job Description:

Are you a communications professional who wants to be inspired daily and surrounded by some of the most creative students, faculty, and staff in the nation? The Student Innovation Center is seeking qualified candidates for a Communications Specialist I.

The Communications Specialist will be an integral member of the newly established Student Innovation Center team and will work directly with the Director of Innovation Programs. The SICTR officially launched a comprehensive suite of extracurricular programs that engaged more than 20,000 registrants in 2020 alone. This is a job for someone that likes to build and create in a start-up environment with fast turnaround of program opportunities.

Example of Duties:

  • Build a communications and media program for the Student Innovation Fellows Program.

  • Collaborate with the existing communications team and work with the Innovation Team to generate promotional/marketing content

  • Manage social media presence

  • Coordinate media relations

  • Develop and update the website

  • Manage networks for internal and external communications about programs

  • Organize and consistently brand all existing materials that will be used in future programming

The successful candidate will be a self-starter, have excellent project management abilities, and have experience working in diverse and vibrant environments.

The Student Innovation Center is the nexus on campus that inspires students, faculty, and staff to innovate through experimentation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the free exchange of ideas in an inclusive environment. The center is a resource serving the entire university community with unique facilities and workspaces to foster innovation across all aspects of Iowa State’s land-grant mission. It provides a welcoming and vibrant environment where all university stakeholders can find resources to foster new ideas, creativity, experimentation, evaluation, and entrepreneurship, especially at the intersection of traditional disciplines.

Level Guidelines

  • Individual contributor position with developing professional and/or technical skills working under immediate to general supervision

  • Grasps professional-level knowledge and concepts of field while working in a progressive learning mode

  • Works on problems and issues of somewhat limited scope

  • Follows standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data for which answers are available or can be obtained

  • Responds to inquiries and issues, escalating to manager or higher level workers as appropriate

  • May lead projects of limited scope and complexity

  • May provide guidance to students

Appointment Type:Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:PS806

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: July 21, 2021

Posting Close Date:July 28, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R5697

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities ( AAU ), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

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