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JOB TITLE:

Communications Specialist

JOB TYPE:

Full-time

JOB LOCATION:

Corvallis Oregon United States

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Communications Specialist

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 21, 2024.
Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled.
The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.


When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) Resume
2) Cover letter that addresses each required qualification

3) Writing samples (uploaded as Other Document 1): Please attach a PDF or document with a link to three professional writing samples.
Samples should demonstrate clean editing and effective communication skills.


4) Multimedia samples (Uploaded as Other Document 2): Please attach a document with links to two examples of photography or video work (or both) that you created.


5) Diversity response (Upload as Diversity Statement):
  • Recall a time when a persons social identity or cultural background affected your approach to a work situation.
    Describe what you did to work effectively with them (limit of 150 words).

6) Supplemental questions response (Upload as Other Document 3):
  • You are working on a project that involves multiple editors and sources with differing expectations for the final product.
    How do you make the process work? What is the optimal result? Support your answer with examples from your experience (limit of 150 words).
  • The person in this position will be expected to work on digital platforms and adapt to new and changing tools.
    How has your work style/approach changed in the last three years due to the shifting technological environment? Please provide examples and discuss where you think the next big shifts might occur (limit of 150 words).

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.


Starting salary within the salary range will be commensurate with skills, education, and experience.

For additional information please contact: Chris Branam, chris.
branam@oregonstate.
edu, 541-737-2940

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do.
We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.


OSU is a fair chance employer committed to inclusive hiring.
We encourage applications from candidates who bring a wide range of lived experience including involvement with the justice system.
This job has critical or security-sensitive responsibilities.
If you are selected as a finalist, your initial job offer will be contingent upon the results of a job-related pre-employment check (such as a background check, motor vehicle history check, sexual misconduct reference check, etc.
).
Background check results do not automatically disqualify a candidate.
Take a look at our Background Checks website including the for candidates section for more details.
If you have questions or concerns about the pre-employment check, please contact OSUs Employee and Labor Relations team at employee.
relations@oregonstate.
edu
.

Position Details

Position Information

Department
Extension Communications (TEX)

Position Title
Specialist 2-Publications

Job Title
Communications Specialist

Appointment Type
Professional Faculty

Job Location
Corvallis

Benefits Eligible
Full-Time, benefits eligible

Remote or Hybrid option?
Yes

Job Summary
The Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.
00
FTE ), 12-month, professional faculty Communications Specialist position with the Divisions communications and marketing team.
An
FTE between 0.
75 and 1.
00 may be considered to meet the employees and the Divisions business needs.
This Communication Specialist position is based on OSUs main campus in Corvallis, Oregon.
The Communications Specialist will have the potential for a flexible, hybrid work arrangement and will be traveling throughout Oregon.


The Communications Specialist creates content in a variety of media and delivery platforms to inform public audiences about the Division of Extension and Engagements (division) programs, people and impact.
The primary focus is on storytelling and media relations, including writing, editing and basic multimedia production.
This work serves to build awareness of and support for the division and its units among the public, decision makers and other audiences.
This position covers programmatic beats as assigned.
In addition, this position contributes to efforts to create content and related strategies that are accessible to all and linguistically and culturally relevant.

The Communication Specialist collaborates with unit colleagues, division faculty and staff, and external collaborators, including government agencies and organizations, members of the media and the public.

This position reports to the units news and public affairs manager.

About the divisions communication and marketing unit:
The Extension Communications unit operates as an integrated communication and marketing team in support of the Division of Extension and Engagement and the statewide OSU Extension Service.
The team collaborates with division leadership and colleagues to create educational, engaging and brand-aligned communications.
This includes educational publishing, news and public affairs, marketing and branding, visual design and multimedia, web and content strategy, and executive and internal communication efforts.
The team also offers advice, consultation and training for division employees in these areas.
In addition, the team provides collaborative leadership for innovative and effective use of educational and communication technologies that support access to and engagement with OSU Extension.

About the division:
The Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State Universitys mission.
The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond.
The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement.
To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our website: https://engagement.
oregonstate.
edu/

OSU Extension programs, partnerships and volunteer opportunities are focused on:
  • Healthy communities and economies
  • Resilient and productive forests and natural ecosystems
  • Sustainable agriculture, food systems and gardening
  • Thriving youth, individuals and families


The Division has built the capacity and expectation for employees to use digital communications and technologies in the modern-day workplace.
This reflects our demonstrable commitment to using digital communications tools and changing technologies as a primary way to raise Oregonians awareness of and engagement with our organization, programs and resources.

Commitment to inclusive excellence:
OSU is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees.
We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity.
All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment.
This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with civil rights and language access regulations.
Extension Communications employees are expected to use diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice frameworks in carrying out their responsibilities.

OSU Division of Extension and Engagements Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
https://extension.
oregonstate.
edu/about/diversity-equity-inclusion


OSU Work Life, Diversity and Cultural Resources:
https://hr.
oregonstate.
edu/work-life/diversity-and-cultural-resources

Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers.
We dont wait for challenges to present themselves we seek them out and take them on.
We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard.
We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


FACTS :

  • Top 1.
    4% university in the world
  • More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
  • 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.
    S.
  • 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
  • 7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
  • 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
  • 35k+ students including more than 2.
    3k international students and 10k students of color
  • 217k+ alumni worldwide
  • For more interesting facts about OSU visit: https://oregonstate.
    edu/about

Locations:

Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.


Oregon States beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of Americas best college towns.
Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country.
Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.


Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life.
    OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.

  • Retirement savings paid by the university.
  • A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
  • Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
  • Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities
This Communications Specialist embeds the commitment of the university to a collaborative and inclusive community in all interactions and duties performed and contributes to a welcoming and respectful workplace culture.

75% Content creation, media relations and editing
  • Creates and edits content about the divisions programs, activities and people.
  • Interviews sources and writes news stories, news releases and other short- and long-form content in consultation with and as assigned by supervisor.
    Duties include travel throughout Oregon as needed.
  • Takes photographs and helps produce video or other multimedia content that accompanies written materials.
    Includes appropriate metadata with digital assets for future reference.
  • Builds knowledge of the divisions programs and activities and relationships with division leadership, faculty and staff to identify story ideas and develops news content.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with media that result in their use of division and OSU Extension content and sources.
  • Distributes content to media contacts and responds to media and public inquiries in a timely fashion.
  • Follows OSU and unit review and distribution protocols.
  • Follows OSU and Extension style guides, including Associated Press (AP) style.
  • Publishes content to digital platforms including OSU Extension and the divisions websites and OSU newsroom.
  • Ensures content and distribution strategies reflect and support OSUs commitments to diversity, inclusion and social justice as central to our mission.
    This includes focusing on increasing access and accessibility; emphasizing cultural and linguistic relevance; and diversifying the languages, images and perspectives represented in materials.


10% Collaboration and coordination
  • Contributes writing, editing, proofreading and other skills and expertise to unit and division teams and projects.
    This may include but is not limited to educational content, marketing material, newsletters, social media and internal communications.
  • Follow OSU and division brand guidelines, digital publishing standards and digital contact management data integrity practices for programmatic communications, marketing and engagement.
  • Communicates and coordinates with colleagues in OSU News and Research Communications and college communications units.
  • Participates actively in the OSU communicators network, including attending workshops and meetings held by University Relations and Marketing.
  • Uses software and digital tools and platforms to create, edit and publish content; promote and deliver content; manage and use digital assets; and work collaboratively.
  • Coordinates own projects, including developing plans and schedules, tracking progress and deadlines, and coordinating with supervisor and team members.
    Uses units standard project management tools and processes to support efficient internal work.

10% Research, training and service
  • Monitors media coverage and other relevant data; collaborates with colleagues and unit leadership to increase effectiveness and adjust strategies and tactics.
  • Provides media relations advice, training and consultation to Division employees.
    This occurs through workshops, webinars, articles, individual instruction and other appropriate methods.
  • Shares knowledge and expertise through professional organizations and award and recognition programs that advance the communications and public relations field.
  • Participates in professional development to improve skills, expand knowledge, remain current with changing technology and network with others in the profession.
  • Builds knowledge and skills to use digital communications, marketing and engagement technologies relevant to position duties.
  • Engages in opportunities to contribute to and learn about diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice and their implications for communications and marketing work.
  • Provides service to OSU and the land-grant system by working on unit, division, college, university, regional or national committees and projects.

5% Other duties and projects
  • Performs other duties and projects as assigned.

What You Will Need
  • Bachelors degree in public relations, journalism, communications or field related to the duties of the position.
  • Two years of professional communications experience relevant to duties of the position.
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated skill with photography and/or videography, including basic photo and video editing.
  • Demonstrated ability to sustain effective, professional interactions with colleagues, supervisor and others.
  • Ability to learn and adapt to using multiple forms of digital communication systems and other tools in a changing technological environment.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and meet deadlines through independent and team work.


This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid drivers license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

What We Would Like You to Have
  • Experience working with Associated Press (AP) or other standard style.
  • Experience publishing content in digital platforms, such as websites.
  • Experience using video- and photo-editing software such as Photoshop and Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Sharp news sense, good copy-editing skills and strong attention to accuracy and detail.
  • An understanding of local, state and national news media and media relations practices.
  • Experience sharing best practices and coaching collaborators on using digital systems.
  • Ability to present to and provide training for individuals and groups.
  • Ability to accurately interpret technical, specialized or complex topics for public understanding.
  • Bilingual and/or biliterate (Spanish/English).

Working Conditions / Work Schedule
The primary work location for this position is the OSU Extension Communications office on OSUs campus in Corvallis, Oregon.
However, flexible work may be established via an OSU Flexible Work Arrangement Agreement, with pre-determined periodic reviews of on-going work for continuation of the agreement.
This position is expected to work onsite in Corvallis for at least 50% of the time per week.

Position requires travel throughout Oregon and non-standard (evening and weekend hours) to interview sources and capture content and infrequent out-of-state travel for professional development and service.

Pay Method
Salary

Pay Period
1st through the last day of the month

Pay Date
Last working day of the month

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range
$52,249-$67,758

Link to Position Description
https://jobs.
oregonstate.
edu/position_descriptions/19268

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number
P07732UF

Number of Vacancies
1

Anticipated Appointment Begin Date
04/01/2024

Anticipated Appointment End Date

Posting Date
01/31/2024

Full Consideration Date
02/21/2024

Closing Date
03/06/2024

Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search
Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants

Special Instructions to Applicants
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 21, 2024.
Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled.
The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.


When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) Resume
2) Cover letter that addresses each required qualification

3) Writing samples (uploaded as Other Document 1): Please attach a PDF or document with a link to three professional writing samples.
Samples should demonstrate clean editing and effective communication skills.


4) Multimedia samples (Uploaded as Other Document 2): Please attach a document with links to two examples of photography or video work (or both) that you created.


5) Diversity response (Upload as Diversity Statement):
  • Recall a time when a persons social identity or cultural background affected your approach to a work situation.
    Describe what you did to work effectively with them (limit of 150 words).

6) Supplemental questions response (Upload as Other Document 3):
  • You are working on a project that involves multiple editors and sources with differing expectations for the final product.
    How do you make the process work? What is the optimal result? Support your answer with examples from your experience (limit of 150 words).
  • The person in this position will be expected to work on digital platforms and adapt to new and changing tools.
    How has your work style/approach changed in the last three years due to the shifting technological environment? Please provide examples and discuss where you think the next big shifts might occur (limit of 150 words).

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.


Starting salary within the salary range will be commensurate with skills, education, and experience.

For additional information please contact: Chris Branam, chris.
branam@oregonstate.
edu, 541-737-2940

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do.
We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.


OSU is a fair chance employer committed to inclusive hiring.
We encourage applications from candidates who bring a wide range of lived experience including involvement with the justice system.
This job has critical or security-sensitive responsibilities.
If you are selected as a finalist, your initial job offer will be contingent upon the results of a job-related pre-employment check (such as a background check, motor vehicle history check, sexual misconduct reference check, etc.
).
Background check results do not automatically disqualify a candidate.
Take a look at our Background Checks website including the for candidates section for more details.
If you have questions or concerns about the pre-employment check, please contact OSUs Employee and Labor Relations team at employee.
relations@oregonstate.
edu
.

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67758 per year

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LOCATION:

Oregon United States

CITY:

Corvallis

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 21, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) Resume
2) Cover letter that addresses each required qualification

3) Writing samples (uploaded as Other Document 1): Please attach a PDF or document with a link to three professional writing samples. Samples should demonstrate clean editing and effective communication skills.

4) Multimedia samples (Uploaded as Other Document 2): Please attach a document with links to two examples of photography or video work (or both) that you created.

5) Diversity response (Upload as Diversity Statement):
  • Recall a time when a persons social identity or cultural background affected your approach to a work situation. Describe what you did to work effectively with them (limit of 150 words).

6) Supplemental questions response (Upload as Other Document 3):
  • You are working on a project that involves multiple editors and sources with differing expectations for the final product. How do you make the process work? What is the optimal result? Support your answer with examples from your experience (limit of 150 words).
  • The person in this position will be expected to work on digital platforms and adapt to new and changing tools. How has your work style/approach changed in the last three years due to the shifting technological environment? Please provide examples and discuss where you think the next big shifts might occur (limit of 150 words).

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

Starting salary within the salary range will be commensurate with skills, education, and experience.

For additional information please contact: Chris Branam, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-2940

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.

OSU is a fair chance employer committed to inclusive hiring. We encourage applications from candidates who bring a wide range of lived experience including involvement with the justice system. This job has critical or security-sensitive responsibilities. If you are selected as a finalist, your initial job offer will be contingent upon the results of a job-related pre-employment check (such as a background check, motor vehicle history check, sexual misconduct reference check, etc.). Background check results do not automatically disqualify a candidate. Take a look at our Background Checks website including the for candidates section for more details. If you have questions or concerns about the pre-employment check, please contact OSUs Employee and Labor Relations team at employee.relations@oregonstate.edu.

Position Details

Position Information

Department
Extension Communications (TEX)

Position Title
Specialist 2-Publications

Job Title
Communications Specialist

Appointment Type
Professional Faculty

Job Location
Corvallis

Benefits Eligible
Full-Time, benefits eligible

Remote or Hybrid option?
Yes

Job Summary
The Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE ), 12-month, professional faculty Communications Specialist position with the Divisions communications and marketing team. An FTE between 0.75 and 1.00 may be considered to meet the employees and the Divisions business needs. This Communication Specialist position is based on OSUs main campus in Corvallis, Oregon. The Communications Specialist will have the potential for a flexible, hybrid work arrangement and will be traveling throughout Oregon.

The Communications Specialist creates content in a variety of media and delivery platforms to inform public audiences about the Division of Extension and Engagements (division) programs, people and impact. The primary focus is on storytelling and media relations, including writing, editing and basic multimedia production. This work serves to build awareness of and support for the division and its units among the public, decision makers and other audiences. This position covers programmatic beats as assigned. In addition, this position contributes to efforts to create content and related strategies that are accessible to all and linguistically and culturally relevant.
The Communication Specialist collaborates with unit colleagues, division faculty and staff, and external collaborators, including government agencies and organizations, members of the media and the public.
This position reports to the units news and public affairs manager.
About the divisions communication and marketing unit:
The Extension Communications unit operates as an integrated communication and marketing team in support of the Division of Extension and Engagement and the statewide OSU Extension Service. The team collaborates with division leadership and colleagues to create educational, engaging and brand-aligned communications. This includes educational publishing, news and public affairs, marketing and branding, visual design and multimedia, web and content strategy, and executive and internal communication efforts. The team also offers advice, consultation and training for division employees in these areas. In addition, the team provides collaborative leadership for innovative and effective use of educational and communication technologies that support access to and engagement with OSU Extension.
About the division:
The Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State Universitys mission. The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our website: https://engagement.oregonstate.edu/
OSU Extension programs, partnerships and volunteer opportunities are focused on:
  • Healthy communities and economies
  • Resilient and productive forests and natural ecosystems
  • Sustainable agriculture, food systems and gardening
  • Thriving youth, individuals and families


The Division has built the capacity and expectation for employees to use digital communications and technologies in the modern-day workplace. This reflects our demonstrable commitment to using digital communications tools and changing technologies as a primary way to raise Oregonians awareness of and engagement with our organization, programs and resources.
Commitment to inclusive excellence:
OSU is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with civil rights and language access regulations. Extension Communications employees are expected to use diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice frameworks in carrying out their responsibilities.
OSU Division of Extension and Engagements Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
https://extension.oregonstate.edu/about/diversity-equity-inclusion

OSU Work Life, Diversity and Cultural Resources:
https://hr.oregonstate.edu/work-life/diversity-and-cultural-resources

Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We dont wait for challenges to present themselves we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.

FACTS :

  • Top 1.4% university in the world
  • More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
  • 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
  • 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
  • 7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
  • 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
  • 35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
  • 217k+ alumni worldwide
  • For more interesting facts about OSU visit: https://oregonstate.edu/about

Locations:

Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon States beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of Americas best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
  • Retirement savings paid by the university.
  • A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
  • Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
  • Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities
This Communications Specialist embeds the commitment of the university to a collaborative and inclusive community in all interactions and duties performed and contributes to a welcoming and respectful workplace culture.
75% Content creation, media relations and editing
  • Creates and edits content about the divisions programs, activities and people.
  • Interviews sources and writes news stories, news releases and other short- and long-form content in consultation with and as assigned by supervisor. Duties include travel throughout Oregon as needed.
  • Takes photographs and helps produce video or other multimedia content that accompanies written materials. Includes appropriate metadata with digital assets for future reference.
  • Builds knowledge of the divisions programs and activities and relationships with division leadership, faculty and staff to identify story ideas and develops news content.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with media that result in their use of division and OSU Extension content and sources.
  • Distributes content to media contacts and responds to media and public inquiries in a timely fashion.
  • Follows OSU and unit review and distribution protocols.
  • Follows OSU and Extension style guides, including Associated Press (AP) style.
  • Publishes content to digital platforms including OSU Extension and the divisions websites and OSU newsroom.
  • Ensures content and distribution strategies reflect and support OSUs commitments to diversity, inclusion and social justice as central to our mission. This includes focusing on increasing access and accessibility; emphasizing cultural and linguistic relevance; and diversifying the languages, images and perspectives represented in materials.


10% Collaboration and coordination
  • Contributes writing, editing, proofreading and other skills and expertise to unit and division teams and projects. This may include but is not limited to educational content, marketing material, newsletters, social media and internal communications.
  • Follow OSU and division brand guidelines, digital publishing standards and digital contact management data integrity practices for programmatic communications, marketing and engagement.
  • Communicates and coordinates with colleagues in OSU News and Research Communications and college communications units.
  • Participates actively in the OSU communicators network, including attending workshops and meetings held by University Relations and Marketing.
  • Uses software and digital tools and platforms to create, edit and publish content; promote and deliver content; manage and use digital assets; and work collaboratively.
  • Coordinates own projects, including developing plans and schedules, tracking progress and deadlines, and coordinating with supervisor and team members. Uses units standard project management tools and processes to support efficient internal work.

10% Research, training and service
  • Monitors media coverage and other relevant data; collaborates with colleagues and unit leadership to increase effectiveness and adjust strategies and tactics.
  • Provides media relations advice, training and consultation to Division employees. This occurs through workshops, webinars, articles, individual instruction and other appropriate methods.
  • Shares knowledge and expertise through professional organizations and award and recognition programs that advance the communications and public relations field.
  • Participates in professional development to improve skills, expand knowledge, remain current with changing technology and network with others in the profession.
  • Builds knowledge and skills to use digital communications, marketing and engagement technologies relevant to position duties.
  • Engages in opportunities to contribute to and learn about diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice and their implications for communications and marketing work.
  • Provides service to OSU and the land-grant system by working on unit, division, college, university, regional or national committees and projects.

5% Other duties and projects
  • Performs other duties and projects as assigned.

What You Will Need
  • Bachelors degree in public relations, journalism, communications or field related to the duties of the position.
  • Two years of professional communications experience relevant to duties of the position.
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated skill with photography and/or videography, including basic photo and video editing.
  • Demonstrated ability to sustain effective, professional interactions with colleagues, supervisor and others.
  • Ability to learn and adapt to using multiple forms of digital communication systems and other tools in a changing technological environment.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and meet deadlines through independent and team work.


This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid drivers license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

What We Would Like You to Have
  • Experience working with Associated Press (AP) or other standard style.
  • Experience publishing content in digital platforms, such as websites.
  • Experience using video- and photo-editing software such as Photoshop and Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Sharp news sense, good copy-editing skills and strong attention to accuracy and detail.
  • An understanding of local, state and national news media and media relations practices.
  • Experience sharing best practices and coaching collaborators on using digital systems.
  • Ability to present to and provide training for individuals and groups.
  • Ability to accurately interpret technical, specialized or complex topics for public understanding.
  • Bilingual and/or biliterate (Spanish/English).

Working Conditions / Work Schedule
The primary work location for this position is the OSU Extension Communications office on OSUs campus in Corvallis, Oregon. However, flexible work may be established via an OSU Flexible Work Arrangement Agreement, with pre-determined periodic reviews of on-going work for continuation of the agreement. This position is expected to work onsite in Corvallis for at least 50% of the time per week.
Position requires travel throughout Oregon and non-standard (evening and weekend hours) to interview sources and capture content and infrequent out-of-state travel for professional development and service.

Pay Method
Salary

Pay Period
1st through the last day of the month

Pay Date
Last working day of the month

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range
$52,249-$67,758

Link to Position Description
https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/position_descriptions/19268

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number
P07732UF

Number of Vacancies
1

Anticipated Appointment Begin Date
04/01/2024

Anticipated Appointment End Date

Posting Date
01/31/2024

Full Consideration Date
02/21/2024

Closing Date
03/06/2024

Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search
Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants

Special Instructions to Applicants
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 21, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) Resume
2) Cover letter that addresses each required qualification

3) Writing samples (uploaded as Other Document 1): Please attach a PDF or document with a link to three professional writing samples. Samples should demonstrate clean editing and effective communication skills.

4) Multimedia samples (Uploaded as Other Document 2): Please attach a document with links to two examples of photography or video work (or both) that you created.

5) Diversity response (Upload as Diversity Statement):
  • Recall a time when a persons social identity or cultural background affected your approach to a work situation. Describe what you did to work effectively with them (limit of 150 words).

6) Supplemental questions response (Upload as Other Document 3):
  • You are working on a project that involves multiple editors and sources with differing expectations for the final product. How do you make the process work? What is the optimal result? Support your answer with examples from your experience (limit of 150 words).
  • The person in this position will be expected to work on digital platforms and adapt to new and changing tools. How has your work style/approach changed in the last three years due to the shifting technological environment? Please provide examples and discuss where you think the next big shifts might occur (limit of 150 words).

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

Starting salary within the salary range will be commensurate with skills, education, and experience.

For additional information please contact: Chris Branam, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-2940

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.

OSU is a fair chance employer committed to inclusive hiring. We encourage applications from candidates who bring a wide range of lived experience including involvement with the justice system. This job has critical or security-sensitive responsibilities. If you are selected as a finalist, your initial job offer will be contingent upon the results of a job-related pre-employment check (such as a background check, motor vehicle history check, sexual misconduct reference check, etc.). Background check results do not automatically disqualify a candidate. Take a look at our Background Checks website including the for candidates section for more details. If you have questions or concerns about the pre-employment check, please contact OSUs Employee and Labor Relations team at employee.relations@oregonstate.edu.

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