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Communications Specialist IV

Iowa State University

Job Posting
May. 31, 2017

Summary of Job and Responsibiliites:
Iowa State University is seeking a full-time Communications Specialist IV for the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). The OVPR advances the research mission at Iowa State University in partnership with colleges and other campus units. The OVPR supports campus-wide programs for fostering faculty research development and new interdisciplinary research initiatives; oversees several interdisciplinary research centers, as well as units that support sponsored funding, responsible conduct of research, and institutional research facilities; promotes and celebrates research activities, achievements, and their impacts to campus, state, national and global communities. The office also distributes critical information to campus and stakeholders on sponsored funding, research integrity, and administrative processes.

The position is responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive research communications and marketing strategy for the OVPR. The plan is implemented in partnership with key partners in research communications, including University Relations, colleges and related units. Other responsibilities include managing and developing concepts and materials for reporting on research impacts; working with ISU News Service to promote ISU research to various media outlets; developing communications and marketing products for distribution to key communities and outlets via a variety of media; speech and report writing for the VPR; and supervising a Communications Specialist II position, who develops and manages VPR web and social media content, supports promotional events, and supports internal research communications.

The successful candidate will possess a passion and exceptional capability for explaining the nature and value of complex, highly technical concepts to the public; excellent written, oral and visual communication skills; ability to effectively manage multiple projects and deadlines, and the ability to work well with diverse groups of individuals.

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Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience:
Degree must be in journalism, public relations, English or related field.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Experience communicating highly technical information to the public in various media.
  • Experience managing projects and multiple deadlines.
  • Experience with website and social media content management.
  • Experience with communications at a university or in academia.
  • Experience with graphical software (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, Visio).

Application Instructions:
To apply for this position, please click on “Apply to this job” 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

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