Communications Specialist (505822)

  • Cal State University (CSU) Fresno
  • Fresno, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Community Relations or PR and Marketing

Job Description


Communications Specialist
(Public Affairs/Communication Specialist II)

Compensation and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $3,515 to $4,500 per month

Full classification Salary Range: $3,515 to $6,358 per month

This is a full-time, probationary, exempt position.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 14 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Dean of the Lyles College of Engineering, the Communications Specialist is responsible for promoting the Lyles College's services, programs and accomplishments to students, the campus, industry, and to the broader community. Responsibilities also include the creation and dissemination of communications on behalf of the Lyles College and assisting Lyles College departments and programs with messaging in their specific units. This position researches, creates, manages, and drafts press releases, working with University Communications to coordinate the flow of news from the University. This position manages digital signage, promotes the Lyles College through social media, and maintains strong relationships with the University and the broader community. The incumbent is expected to work closely with University Communications, Brand Strategy and Marketing and with other academic communication specialists, to ensure that proper branding is followed and a consistent campus strategy is developed and executed to advance the academic mission of the Lyles College and the University. Work is performed independently under general supervision and requires regular exercising of judgment and discretion to interpret policies and procedures and objectives. Work is reviewed for soundness of judgment.

Key Qualifications

  • Good project management and time management skills.

  • Familiarity with digital photography, videography.

  • Demonstrated social media skills.

  • Strong story-telling and journalistic writing skills, as well as advanced editing and proofreading skills.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including strong public speaking, listening and interpretive skills.

To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.

Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor's Degree, which includes relevant coursework in the field (i.e., Journalism, Public Relations).

  • At least two years of progressively responsible professional experience in news writing, editing, PR

Deadline & Application Instructions

Applications received by October 31, 2021 will be given full consideration by the search committee. Applications received after that date will be forwarded at the request of the Hiring Manager and/or search committee.

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resumé/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references.

Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.

Equal Employment Opportunity Information

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.

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.

This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

Fresno, California 93740 United States View Map