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Communications Specialist I

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Communications Specialist I
Role Title: Public Relations & Marketing Specialist II
Posting Number: SW0170049
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Communications Specialist plans and completes communications projects for the Office of Economic Development, including, but not limited to, writing news stories and blog posts, producing videos about office projects and staff, taking photos, maintaining the office website, blog, and social media, and assisting colleagues with design and branding of marketing materials. This position is responsible for all marketing and communications products given to external audiences from the Office of Economic Development. Functions as an integral member of the OIA communicator team, which meets monthly to coordinate communications work and meet the vice president’s goals outlined in the vice president’s communications plan. Occasional travel for meetings and to take photos and video may be necessary.

Required Qualifications:

Experience providing programmatic support duties in a multifaceted fast-paced office environment; website content management experience; experience working with Google products, such as Google Maps and Google Drive; demonstrated proficiency with current office computer software such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing, and Adobe Creative Suite or Creative Cloud programs (especially Adobe Photoshop and/or Lightroom, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premiere Pro); excellent communications, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or working toward a Bachelor’s degree in business, English, communications, marketing, journalism, or a related field or equivalent training and/or experience; graphic design experience; experience working with content management systems, such as WordPress and/or Ensemble; experience completing large projects independently or with a team; experience reviewing and editing a variety of documents such as web-based articles, and literature reviews/research; experience writing and editing reports, marketing literature, and news articles.

Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Candidates for employment are required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screening. Incumbents are subject to random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug and alcohol screening, Must have a driver's license check, Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Occasional travel to be expected.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

For a complete listing of position qualifications, and to apply, please visit www.jobs.vt.edu, and search for posting SW0170049.

Review of applications will begin Feb. 6, 2017.

Employee Category: Hourly Wage Staff, limited to 1500 hrs/year
Appointment Type: Temp, non-salaried wage
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 03/01/2018
FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Part-time
If part time, enter Percent Time: .725
Pay Band: 3
Pay Range: up to $15.00 per hour, commensurate with experience
Department: Economic Development
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: To be determined
Posting Date: 01/17/2017
Review Begin Date: 02/06/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Quick Link: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/72941

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you first learn about this job opening?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - online
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - print
    • Higher Ed Jobs (www.higheredjobs.com)
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium - HERC (www.hercjobs.org)
    • Diverse Jobs (www.diversejobs.net)
    • Insight Into Diversity (www.careers.insightintodiversity.com)
    • Indeed (www.indeed.com)
    • Roanoke Times Online (www.jobs.roanoke.com)
    • Commonwealth of Virginia Jobs (www.jobs.virginia.gov)
    • Virginia Tech job site (www.jobs.vt.edu)
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Job Fair (please describe below)
    • Journal (please describe below)
    • Listserv (please describe below)
    • Newspaper - print (please describe below)
    • Professional Conference (please describe below)
    • From a friend/acquaintance not associated with Virginia Tech (please name below)
    • From a Virginia Tech employee/representative/recruiter (please name below)
    • Veteran related event/site (please describe below)
    • Virginia Employment Commission - VEC
    • Other Virginia Tech affiliated website (please describe below)
    • Other job board such as Simply Hired, Career Builder, etc. (please describe below)
    • Other - Not listed (please describe below)
  2. Please describe recruiting source identified in previous question (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Transcript