Senior Communications Specialist (503148)

  • Stanislaus State
  • Turlock, California
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full Time Community Relations or PR and Marketing

Job Description

    • Position Summary
    • (Classified as: Public Affairs/Communication Specialist III)

      Full-time position available on or after September 1, 2021 for Athletics.

      Under general direction by the Senior Associate Athletics Director, the Senior Communications Specialist is independently responsible for all aspects of the collection, dissemination, and cataloguing of athletic publicity and statistics. This position is directly responsible for athletic event staffing (student assistants for statistical reporting related to the collection of data) and publicity.

    • Job Duties
    • Duties include but are not limited to:
      • Responsible for the planning, lead direction, coordination and execution of all athletics communications emanating from the athletic environment.
      • Represent Athletics by serving on the campus University Communications Team.
      • Direct and coordinate all media requests for all athletic events.
      • Responsible for appropriate documentation and cataloguing of all statistics, records, and general information relating to athletics.
      • Responsible for developing, in conjunction with the Athletic Director/designee, a public relations and log branding guide.
      • Serve as prime contact for internal and external constituents and handles more sensitive and complex media contacts. Advises management in the handling of media issues.
      • Serve on appropriate committees as assigned.
      • Provide input to the strategic planning for integration of the Athletic Department as a component of student life and the university as a whole.
      • Lead the day-to-day operations of the Sports Information unit within the scope of the Athletic Department's mission and the mission of the university.
      • Write, edit, and produce media guides for all sports programs.
      • Assist coaches with writing and disseminating appropriate recruiting materials for specific sports programs.
      • Write, edit, and produce brochures and other peripheral media for the appropriate marketing and publicity of the Athletic Department.
      • Implement and develop proper logo usage and guidelines.
      • Write scripts and communication for athletic events such as: Student Awards Banquet, Presidential Athlete Awards, Crab Feed and etc.
      • Provide leadership and direction to community/campus volunteers in preparation/administration of athletic events.
      • Facilitate logistical and administrative aspects of event preparation.
      • Ensuring deadlines are met, write and publish game recaps for all sports with support from assisting Public Affairs/Communications Specialists.
      • Make website updates to include bios for student athletes, staff and coaches.
      • Oversee production of the CCAA Network.
      • Oversee production of content for Athletics Video Board and touchscreen.
      • Other duties as assigned.

    • Minimum Qualifications
    • Education: Minimum 5 years of related professional or technical experience. (Experience working in an intercollegiate, NCAA, or similar intercollegiate athletic environment, including a junior college environment, highly preferred.)

      Education: Bachelor's degree in journalism, marketing, public relations, communications or related field.

    • Preferred Qualifications

      • Master's degree.
      • Prior sports information work experience at a comprehensive University Intercollegiate Athletics program, to include writing official athletics communication such as media press releases.
      • Prior experience at the NCAA Division II level (or above NCAA Division I or at conference level).
      • Knowledge of the statistical and reporting requirements of the NCAA, CCAA, CSU, and the university.
      • Experience with marketing and promotions on game day.
      • Experience with the following software programs: ARMS, Pixellot, BlueFrame, StatCrew for Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer, SIDEARM and The Automated Scorebook for Baseball and Softball.
      • Ability to work autonomously with minimal supervision.
      • Demonstrated attention to detail.

    • Required Qualifications

      • Comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of and ability to apply standard theories, practices, principles, methods, procedures, and techniques related to communication, public affairs, media and/or marketing theories and concepts in order to develop and execute communication strategies and plans to promote and position the university.
      • Working knowledge of protocols and institutional etiquette related to public and media relations.
      • Thorough knowledge and understanding of media outlets including print, television, and radio.
      • Working knowledge of applicable software packages.
      • Strong writing and editing skills to quickly produce clear and concise standard documents for internal and external publication.
      • Solid foundation in grammar, spelling, and the composition of various communication vehicles are essential.
      • Ability to appropriately handle sensitive and confidential information.
      • Working knowledge of summary statistics as they relate to research or sports information.
      • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including strong public speaking, listening and interpretive skills to develop and maintain relationships within the university and community and with the media.
      • Demonstrated ability to keep abreast of public policy, public affairs issues, campus events and subject matter expertise in relation to current events to identify and capitalize on media opportunities that will promote the university and increase positive media coverage.
      • Thorough knowledge of and ability to use effectively media outlets including planning media coverage and media publicity campaigns for the university and events.
      • Ability to apply appropriate statistical techniques and methods to research or sports information.
      • Ability to analyze and select pertinent facts and integrate them into communication vehicles.
      • Thorough knowledge of web communication techniques, vehicles and formats.
      • Ability to effectively use web technology to achieve communication goals.
      • Strong story development and journalistic writing skills, as well as advanced editorial skills.
      • Knowledge of interview techniques and the ability to define and deliver media messages.
      • Working knowledge of marketing and research techniques and methods.
      • Ability to apply market research to identify communication needs and target audiences.
      • Ability to provide lead work direction.
      • Ability to build and manage more sophisticated media contacts.
      • Ability to effectively manage media relations and apply effective media strategies and techniques.
      • Working knowledge of appropriate use of statistical techniques.
      • Thorough knowledge of applicable copyright and other laws pertaining to written materials, publications, confidentiality, publications and the news media.
      • Expert networking and interpersonal skills including strong consultative and persuasive skills to work with internal and external constituents and the media.
      • Ability to use market research to enhance the impact of communication strategies and campaigns.
      • Expert knowledge of university communication objectives and ability to translate them into effective communication and media campaigns.
      • Ability to understand issues from a broad, strategic perspective.
      • Demonstrated ability to market story concepts to university officials and media outlets.
      • Demonstrated organizational skills.

    • Special Conditions

      • Requires nights and weekends as dictated by sports schedules.

    • Salary Range
    • $4,104 - $7,425 per month plus excellent paid benefits. (Anticipated salary will be $4,104 - $4,514 per month, depending on the qualifications of the successful finalist.)

    • Compensation & Benefits
    • Commensurate with qualifications and experience. As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, outstanding vacation, health, dental, and vision plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. Link to (Bargaining Unit: 9) Benefits Summary: CSU Employee Benefit Summary
    • How to Apply
    • To be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed Stanislaus State online employment application, cover letter, and resumé. Applications are accepted electronically only. Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration. To apply online, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.

      Applications will be processed in accordance with Article 9.3 of the CSU/CSUEU Memorandum of Understanding. Preference will be given to qualified individuals currently employed at CSU Stanislaus in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 except when it is determined that it is necessary to appoint outside applicants to meet the best interest of the campus by obtaining specialized skills and abilities not available from current employees.
    • Application Deadline
    • OPEN UNTIL FILLED; SCREENING TO BEGIN ON OR AFTER AUGUST 13, 2021 (Applications received after the screening date will be considered at the discretion of the university.)

    • Criminal Background Clearance Notice
    • Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.
    • Additional Information
    • Campus & Area
      California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion - one in which every person in the University community feels safe to express their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.

      Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West's No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.

      Clery Act Disclosure

      Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the annual security report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382.

      Equal Employment Opportunity

      The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. 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, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.

      Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351. California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD. As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool. Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at: Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability PDF Form.

      CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

    • The individuals who appear to be the best qualified for this position will be contacted by telephone or email for an interview.


Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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