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Iowa State University Communications Specialist IV - Student Innovation Center in Ames, Iowa

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Position Title:Communications Specialist IV - Student Innovation Center

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Quals:Bachelor's degree and 3 years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree in public relations, marketing, communications, or a related fieldExperience establishing relationships with media outlets and obtaining media coverageExperience developing and executing strategic communications and/or marketing plansSocial media and content creation experienceExperience with photography, videography, and video editingExperience managing personnel, especially student personnel

Job Description:

Are you an experienced 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 IV.

The Communications Specialist IV will be an integral member of the newly established Student Innovation Center team. The position will have the opportunity to build a communications and media program for the Student Innovation Center from the ground up. The person in this role will be in charge of communications and media production for the Student Innovation Center, including: generating promotional/marketing content, managing social media presence, coordinating media relations, coordinating Student Innovation Center events, managing the Media Production Suite, supporting digital media content creation and distribution, developing training and workshops, and managing student support personnel.

The Student Innovation Center, opening in January 2020, will be 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 will provide 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.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter, have excellent project management abilities, and have experience working in diverse and vibrant environments. All staff members are expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Appointment Type:Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Rate Type:Salary

Pay Grade:34

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 Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:September 10, 2019

For consideration, submit application before:September 25, 2019

Job Requisition Number:R688

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 36,000 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.

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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