Communications Specialist (Public Affairs/Communications Specialist III) (514754)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • May 25, 2022
Full Time Community Relations or PR and Marketing Political or Public Affairs

Job Description


Position Summary

San Diego State University celebrates diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We understand representation is essential to our success, which is why we strive to recruit and retain highly-skilled, compassionate leaders. By prioritizing listening and learning, engaging in critical conversations, and thoughtfully considering the needs of our different populations, we are creating a culture of belonging. We aim to offer opportunities for advancement and foster an inclusive environment so all are valued and empowered to thrive.

Under the supervision of the Associate Vice President, Mission Valley Development, the Communications Specialist will support divisional communications priorities for the Office of the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs and SDSU Mission Valley.

The Office of the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs houses all the functions of the Chief Financial Officer for San Diego State University. Business and Financial Affairs has 525 employees and a divisional budget of more than $90 million. In addition, the office provides financial oversight to Athletics and auxiliary organizations including the SDSU Research Foundation, Aztec Shops, Ltd., Associated Students, KPBS, and The Campanile Foundation. SDSU Mission Valley will transform the San Diego Stadium site to support SDSU's academic, educational, and cultural mission. SDSU Mission Valley is designed as a vibrant mixed-use development that is transit-oriented and expands the university's educational, research, entrepreneurial, and technology transfer programs. SDSU Mission Valley will include an Innovation District, retail, housing, and approximately 80 acres of community parks and open space.

In this role, the Communications Specialist will help carry out communications, public affairs, and marketing programs for the Division. In collaboration with university-wide Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, the Communications Specialist will plan, write, and edit talking points, remarks, news releases, reports, executive correspondence, web copy, and social media communications for the Division of Business and Financial Affairs and SDSU Mission Valley. The Communications Specialist supports the Associate Vice President as needed and serves as a back-up in responding to university management's immediate communication requests. The Communications Specialist will collaborate with divisional departments and partners to write and edit for communication campaigns and will represent Business and Financial Affairs on campus-wide communication-related committees.

For information about Business and Financial Affairs, click here.

Full-time, 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.

Education and Experience

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, strong 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.

Specialized Skills
  • Strong writing abilities in journalistic and informational formats
  • Knowledge of public relations principles and strategies
  • Basic knowledge of Associated Press style
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite software
  • Experience with content management systems and blogging platforms
  • Ability to appropriately handle sensitive and confidential information

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in communication, public relations, marketing, journalism, media studies, or related field
  • Minimum of five years of related professional work experience
  • Team-oriented, highly professional individual with courteous demeanor
  • Ability to independently handle multiple work unit priorities and projects
  • Ability to remain focused and work extensively with details, with accuracy and speed
  • Ability to accurately perform routine tasks and learn quickly in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively and effectively with diverse audiences
  • Ability to think quickly and react calmly to adverse conditions
  • Ability to interact/represent the department and university in a professional manner

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $5,408 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.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,104 - $7,425 per month.

SDSU Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University system-wide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for five months after their final dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or for two months after receiving the only dose of a single-dose vaccine. Afterward a COVID-19 booster is required to continue to be considered fully vaccinated.

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university's secure online health portal prior to beginning work. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU's COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on June 7, 2022. To receive full consideration, apply by June 8, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

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.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

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.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Casie Martinez at

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


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