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TITLE: Media and Communications Assistant - Writer

DEPARTMENT: College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences

REPORTS TO: Land Grant Program Media and Communications Manager

CLASSIFICATION: Staff-12 months

EFFECTIVE DATE: TBD

STANDARD WORK HOURS: 37.5 hours per week

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-Time 

EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Land Grant Program Media and Communications Manager on the Kentucky State University Campus, the Media and Communications Assistant – Writer will be responsible for assisting the Land Grant Program Media and Communications Department with efforts to promote the work of the Land Grant Program and Kentucky State University, primarily through written communication such as press releases, website content, social media posts, Ag Knowledge magazine, and more.

The Media and Communications Assistant – Writer will support existing Land Grant Program Media and Communications Team efforts, which include: 1) highlighting and promoting the work of the Land Grant Program, Cooperative Extension Program, and College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences; 2) producing content such as narrative videos, Ag Knowledge magazine, press releases, and photographs; and 3) offering technical support and planning for programming and events. The Media and Communications Assistant – Writer will address these goals by producing written content that highlights, explains and promotes the work of the Land Grant Program.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  1. Assists media and communications department with efforts to promote the work of the Land Grant Program and Kentucky State University, primarily through written communication.
  2. Helps identify newsworthy happenings within the Land Grant Program and writes press releases.
  3. Works with other writers on staff to produce content for Ag Knowledge, annual Land Grant Program magazine.
  4. Copy edits social media posts, educational programming, and other written communication.
  5. Provides support for communications ideas and goals throughout the year.
  6. Assists with virtual and in-person event planning, promotion, coordination, and set-up to support Extension and outreach opportunities.
  7. Assists with the creation of graphic materials for events (i.e., flyers, registration forms)
  8. Assists the video production department with projects, including writing scripts and helping with equipment.
  9. Assists with audio/visual and information technology needs for the Land Grant Program.
  10. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
  • Ability to use a personal computer and a variety of related software applications.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Ability to take initiative and be resourceful and punctual.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines.
  • Experience with graphic design is preferred.
  • Experience with social media management is preferred.
  • Experience with video production equipment is preferred.
  • Experience in event planning and/or set-up is preferred.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:
  • This position does not have supervisory responsibility.
OTHER DUTIES:
  • The position will conduct other duties as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Agriculture Communications, Communications, Journalism, or related field.
Licensing and Certifications: NA
  • A valid KY driver’s license is required.
WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Work is normally performed in either a typical interior/office work environment or in a farm-related setting.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in a wide range of weather conditions, including heat or rain.
  • Ability to lift 15lbs required.
  • This position requires some night meetings, weekend work, and attendance at out-of-county meetings.
  • A valid driver’s license and a personal vehicle for official duty travel are required. Mileage will be reimbursed at a rate established by the University.
Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the United States. At this time, Kentucky State University is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa.

Internal Candidates are Encouraged to Apply.

KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform.

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Kentucky State University is a public, comprehensive, historically black land-grant university committed to advancing the Commonwealth of Kentucky, enhancing society, and impacting individuals by providing quality teaching with a foundation in liberal studies, scholarly research, and public service to enable productive lives within the diverse global economy.

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