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Job ID: 5440

Job Title:
Communication Specialist, International Emphasis (Public Affairs

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Date Posted:
June 6, 2014

Closing Date:
Open until filled

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About SDSU
San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since its founding in 1897, SDSU has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 91 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. SDSU's approximately 35,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.
SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including in terms of race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.
SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

Position Information
Full-time, temporary position anticipated to end on or before June 30, 2015.
Reporting to the Director of Communications Services, with lead direction from the Director of Communications Services and the Director of the International Student Center, the Communication Specialist will work collaboratively with a varying level of direction to assist with all assigned projects for the purpose of communicating about international opportunities associated with San Diego State University. These projects will include news stories for print and online media, newsletter communication, brochures, fliers, posters, booklets, presentations, Web pages and various social media platforms.
As needed, the incumbent may provide some work direction and minimal training to interns or other staff on an occasional basis. The incumbent will operate under the direction of the Communications Services Director, but serve the communication needs of the international community across the SDSU campus, requiring frequent collaboration with the director and staff of the International Student Center and those working on international opportunities in other offices across campus.
In addition, the Communication Specialist will be responsible for consistent maintenance and updating of the study abroad opportunities database at SDSU (Aztecs Abroad Database). These duties will include regular checks of information currency, as well as addition of new opportunities on a regular basis.

Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Salary: $2,923 per month (CSU Classification Salary Range: $2,923 - $4,381 per month). The competitive salary is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

• Research, write and edit content for various communication media, including but not limited to, the Be International landing page off the SDSU homepage, SDSU NewsCenter, News for Aztec Parents magazine, the @State online newsletter, and the Division of Student Affairs and International Student Center websites.
• Research, write and edit content for the Be International social media platforms.
• Implement and coordinate the Aztecs Abroad Database with the goal of including all SDSU international experiences in one database. Serve as one of two campus contacts for the implementation, training, and administration of the Horizon's/Aztecs Abroad Database.
• Coordinate outreach across campus to share the benefits of the database and to support departments who decide to utilize the database and continue to expand the adoption of the database in more departments across campus. Coordinate regular meetings with Horizons personnel and work with them to expand campus integration. On an ongoing basis, serve as a lead in troubleshooting, developing instructional materials, and ongoing administrative and technical support for SDSU users.
• Serve as the liaison between the Symplicity Corporation, developer of the Aztecs Abroad Database, and SDSU to effectively communicate system updates with SDSU users, setting up information sessions, and other communications with Symplicity.
• Proofread and edit content related to international opportunities as assigned.
• Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
• Provide minor clerical assistance related to maintain electronic and physical archives of generated content, filing and organizing of materials as needed.
• Keep current with literature and recent developments related to international student experiences, studying abroad and other international opportunities as they relate to the higher education environment.
• Serve on university committees as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Foundation knowledge of general practices, methods and procedures related to public affairs, media relations, marketing, and/or sports information.
• Ability to keep abreast of public policy and public affairs issues.
• Working knowledge of protocols and institutional etiquette related to public and media relations.
• Basic knowledge and understanding of media outlets including print, television, and radio. Ability to work with the media for the coverage of events.
• Basic knowledge of market research and related techniques. Working knowledge of summary statistics as they relate to research or sports information.
• Basic knowledge of applicable copyright and other laws pertaining to written materials, news media and confidentiality.
• Working knowledge of applicable software packages.
• Knowledge of basic web communication techniques, vehicles and formats.
• Strong writing and editing skills to quickly produce clear and concise standard documents for internal and external publication.
• Ability to appropriately handle sensitive and confidential information.
• Strong interpersonal skills to develop and maintain relationships within the university and community and with the media.
Experience and Education
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.
Preferred Qualifications
• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, English, Marketing, or other major with an international emphasis with up to two years of related experience.
• Experience working, living, or studying abroad.
• Excellent journalistic writing and editing skills.
• Proofreading skills with a strong foundation in grammar, spelling and composition.
• Experience working in an online environment including experience using a Content Management System and/or relevant database systems.
• Ability to meet deadlines.
• Strong people skills.
• Understanding of marketing concepts.
• Organized and detail-oriented.
• Ability to conduct research and interviews.
• Computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel.
• Knowledge of graphic design techniques and printing production processes.
• Ability to work in a team environment and independently.
Application Procedures
Review of applications will begin on Tuesday, June 24, 2014; position will remain open until filled. The on-line application should be completed in detail. COMPLETION OF THE ONLINE APPLICATION IS REQUIRED FOR CONSIDERATION, A RESUME ALONE WILL NOT SUFFICE.

To apply for this position, please click on the link above on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Employment Opportunities Website.
Applicants with disabilities requiring special attention and/or interview arrangements may call (619) 594-7099.

SDSU employees are required to sign an Oath of Allegiance.
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.
This position may be funded by a qualifying federal contract, requiring new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS), in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

This position may be a "designated position" under the Conflict of Interest Code. Candidates accepting a "designated" position will be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Employees who are required to operate motorized vehicles and/or use their personal vehicle more than once a month on University business are required to take a mandatory Defensive Driving course and enroll in the DMV Employee Pull Notice (EPN) Program.

This position may require a background check, including, but not limited to employment verification and evidence of degree(s) and/or certification(s). The selected candidate will be required to submit fingerprints to the LiveScan Print Services. If required for the position, a background check must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU.