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Human Resources Communications & Engagement Specialist

Employer
South Dakota State University
Location
South Dakota, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jun 9, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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South Dakota State University (SDSU) Office of Human Resources (HR) is offering an exciting career opportunity as an HR Communications & Engagement Specialist. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to develop, deploy and maintain internal and external comprehensive, strategic and communications programs, to foster and enhance employee engagement, morale, and connectivity and to provide critical information to employees in a people-centered, timely, relevant, and impactful manner. This is a 12-month, 100%-time, benefit-eligible position. This position is supervised by the Director of Human Resources.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Develop and deploy internal and external comprehensive, strategic communications programs, recruitment advertisement/marketing, and employee engagement plans and opportunities. Organize information and opportunities into active campaigns centered around the University mission, core values, and strategic goals to support SDSU as an employer. Create and maintain communications including websites, newsletter, employee-facing email, and social media. Organize events and campaigns to engage employees in the campus community and raise awareness of State, university, and community opportunities to support employees.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree completed by first day of employment;
  • At least 1 year of communications, marketing, or related experience;
  • Experience in collaborating with team members and/or other departments, units, etc.; 
  • Demonstrated technology skills; and
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications or Marketing;
  • Human Resources or advertising experience;
  • Experience in development and maintenance of websites, newsletters, or social media; and
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, create, collaborate, implement, and evaluate strategic and comprehensive communication, marketing and engagement plans, and campaigns. 

SALARY:

Commensurate with qualifications. 

BENEFITS:

South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions. 

UNIVERSITY AND THE BROOKINGS COMMUNITY:

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures.

South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State University is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school, and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by June 23, 2022.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit:  https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.”  This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Amanda Mitchell at 605-688-6064 or Amanda.Mitchell@sdstate.edu.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, or any other status that may become protected in the offering of all educational programs and employment. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

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