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Staff Writer

Colorado State University - Pueblo
Pueblo, Colorado (US)
$52,000.00 - $70,000.00 Annually
Date posted
Feb 28, 2024

Job Details


The Operations and Advancement team oversees a strategic selection of campus enterprises and responsibilities, including Facilities Management and the campus physical plant and construction, Auxiliary Services, Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives, Alumni Relations, Marketing, Communications, and Community Relations, and the Denver-based Advancement team. This diverse portfolio allows our teams to imagine long-term partnerships; support a campus master planning initiative; establish new fundraising opportunities as long-term, drivers for new and evolving academic and student experiences; develop meaningful relationships and pipelines with our alumni graduates; and message and share CSU Pueblo’s statewide engagement and impact to stakeholders in Denver and beyond. Our team's objective is to build and strengthen CSU Pueblo’s ten initiatives of Vision 2028, and support the campus ecosystem, as we work toward achieving the three wildly important goals of the university: elevating the appeal of campus, enhancing student success, and developing our people.

MCCR serves as the campus source for communications with internal and external constituents and plays a leading role in conveying CSU Pueblo’s mission and image to stakeholders. We strive for accuracy in information, consistency in presentation, and quality in product

The MCCR Staff Writer position focuses on enhancing written content for CSU Pueblo, producing stories for internal and external publication, op-eds, web content, newsletter content, blogs, press releases, speeches, special reports, talking points, video scripts, social media captions and written content, and long-form magazine stories. This position requires an experienced writer and researcher with skill in data analysis and core message development. This position reports to the Director of Marketing/PIO.

Primary Duties

  • Create written content that advances the goals and initiatives of CSU Pueblo. 
  • Manage own time and project schedules to ensure timely completion of all projects and assignments.
  • Ensure content is accurate, polished, professional, and grammatically correct prior to publication. 
  • Conduct interviews, research, and data collection to support robust content for CSU Pueblo platforms. 
  • Recommend story/project ideas to pursue that align with the objectives of CSU Pueblo as well as accepting assignments from the Director of MCCR/PIO. 
  • Manage production schedules and deadlines to ensure consistent and timely project delivery. 
  • Recommend and develop opportunities for repurposing and leveraging content across other platforms for a variety of audiences and intents.
  • Serve as a lead written content-generator for CSU Pueblo, developing in-depth articles, stories, media pitches, video scripts, and web content that showcases CSU Pueblo faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  • Recommend strategic direction and messaging for various communications projects.
  • Maintain communications with coworkers in tracking jobs, archives, and finished products.
  • Enhance knowledge by participating in opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, participating in professional organizations, and gathering and analyzing competitive material. 
  • Demonstrate, through words and actions, a commitment to cultural competency and inclusion to develop successful relationships with various teams across campus.
  • Create and maintain a database of faculty and staff content experts that can be utilized and showcased in written content and media interviews. 
  • Create content for CSU Pueblo news website and work with Social and Digital Content Coordinator to publish content and obtain photos and visuals to accompany stories to showcase on digital platforms. 
  • Serve as backup to PIO for media relations when necessary. 
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.

Ancillary Duties

Represent MCCR (or Operations and Advancement) at university meetings, on committees, or in support of university operations or advancement

Salary Range


Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, in journalism, public relations, marketing, communications, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of full-time professional experience writing for publication and established track record of publication in high-quality publications. 
  • Active engagement and support of diverse individuals, opinions, and perspectives.
  • Media relations experience, including pitching story ideas and working with reporters on deadline.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in journalism, communications, or related field. 
  • Bilingual/Spanish
  • Experience writing for and with higher education leadership. 
  • Experience in still photography.
  • Experience in daily journalism and/or magazine writing.

Supplemental Information

All interested candidates must apply through the online application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted.Applicants must attach the following documents, in order to be considered for this position: 

  1. a letter of intent (cover letter)
  2. a current resume or CV 
  3. unofficial or official transcripts showing degree conferred
  4. three professional references with current contact information either within the online application or as an attachment. 

Applications submitted without the required attachments above or an application not completed in its entirety will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; applications received by Wednesday, March 13th, 2024, will receive full consideration.

About Colorado State University Pueblo

Colorado State University Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students. CSU Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small student-to-faculty ratio for an ever-changing global economy. Students can choose from 38 undergraduate programs with 70 fields of study in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; the Hasan School of Business, the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and the College of Health, Education, and Nursing; and 15 graduate programs. 

CSU Pueblo is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevates our people and our community, creates educational opportunities, fosters unique collaborations, and supports inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world. CSU Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution. Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the university to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students. 

Among its unique features, CSU Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of STEM houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report. CSU Pueblo has an ever-changing campus landscape that features a newly renovated Library, a new general academic classroom building, and a newly renovated and expanded student center. 

At CSU Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience. Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life. 

Colorado State University Pueblo offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical and prescription insurance
  • Dental insurance 
  • Vision insurance 
  • Flexible benefit plan 
  • Basic term life insurance 
  • Voluntary term life and AD&D lnsurance 
  • Long-term disability insurance 
  • Employee assistance program 
  • Travel accident insurance 
  • Voluntary critical illness and accident insurance 
  • Annual and sick leave
  • Retirement plans
  • Employee and dependent tuition discounts
  • State employee discounts via BenefitHub

Other incentives include various on-campus event, recreation, and meal discounts.

About Pueblo, Colorado 

The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year-round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air, and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking, or skiing in the mountains to the west. The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries. 

CSU Pueblo is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and/or motor vehicle history. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check. 

The university reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate. 

Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins. 

It is the policy of Colorado State University Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities. If you need accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity at (719) 549-2441 or

In compliance with the Clery Act of 1990, the university's annual security report is available at:


Colorado State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Additionally, the University complies with all other relevant, federal, state, and local laws regarding employment practices.


Colorado State University Pueblo (CSU Pueblo) is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevates our people and our community, creates educational opportunities, fosters unique collaborations, and supports inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world. CSU-Pueblo’s success will be measured by the resilience, agility, and problem-solving abilities of our diverse student population and the ways in which our graduates are able to navigate work in a rapidly changing world.
Our work is driven by eight guiding principles. At CSU Pueblo, we strive to:
Develop people who have meaningful lives and make significant contributions to their families, communities, and world.
Transform learning and create new opportunities by reimagining academic experiences.
Live sustainably and dedicate resources and focus toward programs and policies that support sustainable living.
Cultivate entrepreneurship by creating educational, economic, cultural, and global innovators
Engage place and embraces our regional histories, diverse cultures, socioeconomic realities, and physical location.
Build knowledge by advancing research and scholarship that serves the public good.
Empower students and promote whole-student success in and out of the classroom.
Impact society and elevate the region through our commitment to the health and well-being of our people and our communities.

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