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Communication & Marketing Specialist

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Position Information

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Home Org Name
Human Sciences Administration

Division Name
College of Human Sciences

Position Title
Communication & Marketing Specialist

Job Class Code

Appointment Status

Part-time FTE

Limited Term

Limited Term Length

Job Summary

The College of Human Sciences is excited to recruit candidates for our Communications and Marketing Specialist position. The Hunger Solutions Institute ( HSI ) Communications and Marketing Specialist will create communications, marketing, and promotional materials delivered through various mediums; coordinate public relations activities; plan and organize special events; and maintain files to support annual reporting and fund development.

About HSI : The Hunger Solutions Institute, or HSI, was established by the College of Human Sciences and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station at Auburn University in February 2012 in an effort to further Auburn’s nationally recognized efforts in food security domestically and globally.

A foundational principle is that hunger is a solvable problem, but only when the relevant knowledge from all academic disciplines is combined with the abilities and strengths of all sectors. By creating multi-sector partnerships at the community, state and global levels, HSI shares knowledge and best practices and creates multi-sector coalitions to leverage the power of collective action.

About Auburn: Auburn was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the state of Alabama’s best employers, with employees staying an average of ten years! Learn more about Auburn’s impact, generous employee benefits, and thriving community by visiting

It’s a Lifestyle : The Auburn/Opelika area is a page right out of Southern Living magazine with an idyllic small-town feel, perfecting a unique balance between a close-knit community and driving consistent growth and development. Paralleling the exponential growth of Auburn University, the Auburn/Opelika area boasts services and amenities that cater to any interest. We’re proud of our top school systems, city services, award-winning restaurants, and the infectious spirit of life in a college town. You can find us nestled halfway between the beach and the mountains in a lower-cost-of-living area, two hours outside of Atlanta or Birmingham. If you’re new to Auburn, we’d love to introduce you. If you’re already acquainted with Auburn, we’ll keep it simple: it’s time to come home!

Our Commitment: Auburn University is committed to a diverse and inclusive campus environment. Visit to learn more about our commitment to expanding equity and inclusion for all.

Essential Functions
  • Develops marketing and communication plan to promote the vision, mission, goals, and achievements of HSI
  • Researches, designs, and composes content for dissemination through a variety of mediums, such as social media platforms, websites, electronic newsletters, publications, emails, and conventional media
  • Coordinates the production of materials to include content/style editing, designing, printing, photography, and/or copywriting
  • Coordinates communication calendars, production schedules and deadlines
  • Supports consistent and robust brand messaging
  • Develops and maintains marketing materials
  • Prepares press releases and participates in public relations activities
  • Plans and organizes special events and meetings, as well as participates at conferences
  • Maintains files, databases, and electronic records to support annual reporting and fund development
  • Evaluates effectiveness of communications, marketing, and/or public relations activities
  • Completes other duties as assigned
  • Supervises students supporting HSI communications, marketing, public relations, and special events
Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
Level I: Bachelor’s Degree in discipline appropriate to position with no experience.

Level II: Bachelor’s Degree in discipline appropriate to position plus 2 years experience in marketing and communications services to include print journalism .

Substitutions allowed for Experience:
When a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per year of required experience

Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

Minimum Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrated knowledge and use of various communications, marketing, public relations, and/or event planning theories, concepts, techniques, mediums, and strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to write and design for various audiences in various formats
  • Ability to think strategically with excellent leadership and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain successful interpersonal relationships with all contacts while representing Hunger Solutions Institute
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects while working as part of a team
  • Ability to resolve complex problems through use of creative reasoning and logic
Minimum Technology Skills
  • Demonstrated experience with all types of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn)
  • Demonstrated experience with web content management systems
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Working knowledge of desktop publishing and typesetting software applications, such as Adobe Creative Suites
Minimum License and Certifications

Desired Qualifications

Desired Qualifications
  • Evidence of executing projects with both good design and strong writing
  • Demonstrate continued and consistent learning of new and emerging trends in terms of community concepts, techniques, mediums, and strategies
Posting Detail Information

Salary Range
$41,600 - $72,000

Job Category

Working Hours if Non-Traditional

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EEO Statement

Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Media File
Optional Documents
  1. Other
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select how you first became aware of this opportunity. Your response helps us determine how we can more effectively reach our candidates.
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    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • DiversityJobs
    • HigherEdJobs
    • HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
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    • The Tuskegee News
    • Professional organization or journal
    • Veterans Assistance Services
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    • State Employment Service
    • Social Media
    • AU Job Bulletin
    • Notified by an Auburn employee
    • College or university Career Services
    • I went to the AU Employment Website directly (
    • Other
  2. * Please select the answer that best describes your current employment relationship with Auburn University:
    • Current full-time Auburn or AUM employee within probationary period
    • Current full-time Auburn or AUM employee outside of probationary period
    • Current part-time Auburn or AUM employee
    • Not an Auburn or AUM employee
  3. * Do you have a Bachelor's Degree or higher in Journalism, Communications, Marketing, or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No

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