Communications Specialist

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Position Title

Communications Specialist

Additional Information

The College of Sciences and Humanities welcomes applications for a Communications Specialist. The Communication Specialist will be responsible for developing and executing CSH’s community and digital engagement strategy to promote the image and reputation of the College through events and media.

Benefits and Community



Administrative Exemption



Length of Assignment

Full-Time At-Will

Position Function

In collaboration with the Dean and Associate Dean, this position will be responsible for developing and executing CSH’s community and digital engagement strategy to promote the image and reputation of the College through events and media.

The Communication Specialist will have a deep understanding of CSH audiences and investors of the College and University and develop communication strategies to engage and inform each audience.

This position will serve as the college’s liaison with relevant university divisions and is responsible for high-impact college specific engagement materials and events for a wide-range of stakeholders including faculty, students, staff, alumni, prospective students, and industry partners.

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Minimum Experience

One year of communications, event planning or related experience.

Minimum Other

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Bachelors degree in communications, event planning, public relations or relevant field.

Preferred Experience

Three or more years of communications, event planning or related experience with communication coordination.

Project management experience.

Prior work experience in an academic environment.

Preferred Other

Solid understanding of project management principles.

Excellent communication and presentation skills, includes excellent writing skills with the ability to understand and connect with intended audiences.

Reputable interpersonal skills.

Outstanding planning, organization and time management skills.

Ability to multitask and prioritize multiple requests and projects, effectively meeting deadlines.

Ability to work independently or as part of a team.

Digital literacy.

Familiarity with Ball State University.

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised

Assistant Communications Specialist and Graduate Assistant.

Required Certifications

EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO /AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.


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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Develop content, strategy, and messaging across multimedia and event channels to engage the multiple stakeholders (department chairs, faculty, staff, students, alumni, community and professional partners) of the College of Sciences and Humanities.



Job Duty

Acquire, produce and distribute multimedia content (digital and print) that communicate the experiences, successes and impact of the college by conducting interviews, writing narratives, designing graphics and promoting events.



Job Duty

Manage and maintain a digital presence for the college including social media accounts, the college website and blog, and e-newsletters. Develop a media content calendar that strategically promotes brand awareness, college and department accomplishments, and events.



Job Duty

Gather information on, and be familiar with, the success, events, and academic accomplishments of faculty, student or alumni achievements from college departments and appropriately share this information with the administrative units.



Job Duty

Design college print and digital materials to promote the college to students, alumni and donors (e.g., brochures, postcards, display boards, etc.), including activities related to student recruitment and retention.



Job Duty

Serve as a college liaison and initial point of contact to the Marketing and Communications team. As an effective partner in communications, collaborate with M&C team and the Associate Dean in charge of communications to define the college brand, ensure materials reflect the college and university branding and assist with any specialized projects as needed (e.g., Compass Advantage).



Job Duty

Coordinate with college and university administration to engage with the community and alumni by way of outreach efforts, promotional days, crowd funding initiatives and some specialized college events (e.g., Ball State Day at the State House, One Ball State Day, Killey Lecture, Fall Faculty Opening Day, conference booths, and exhibits).



Job Duty

Collaborate with college departments in strategically planning and implementing internal and external communications by reviewing, evaluating and analyzing current marketing plans and offering recommendations for marketing solutions.



Job Duty

Provide support to college staff and faculty in the use of university-approved communication platforms.



Job Duty

Identify and develop potential opportunities at college, university and community events through networking.



Job Duty

Assign and review work, orient and train staff, and make recommendations in all areas related to supervision, including but not limited to interviewing and selection, compensation, discipline, performance appraisal, and training and career development of personnel.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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Information regarding transcripts

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Undergraduate Transcripts

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