Communications Specialist, Office of Communications and Marketing (2 positions)

Posted: 05/19/17 | SHARE:



The University at Albany's Office of Communications and Marketing (OCM) is seeking two Communications Specialists to work on its news media relations team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Communications Specialist is a hands-on communicator with duties to include:

  • Identify events, personalities, story lines, or initiatives that constitute news for the local and national media as well as the campus community
  • Develop relationships with journalists and on-campus sources
  • Pitching story ideas externally to local, regional and national media
  • Deliver news to media by writing news releases, "pitch letters" and feature stories based on the University's key messages and initiatives; this involves research and interviews, gathering or developing assets/content for news releases, related web links, photographs, videos, complementary messages, contact information, etc.
  • Respond to requests from journalists

This person should understand the University's messaging strategy and advance it by earning news coverage externally and sharing it internally through on-campus channels. They should be able to shape a story to fit the needs of different audiences and varying channels, including traditional and social media.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized organization; degree should include coursework that relates directly to the duties of the position (i.e., English, History, Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, the Social Sciences and other disciplines where the fundamental skills of gathering, evaluating and organizing information and presenting it in writing are developed)
  • At least one year of experience as a professional communicator (as a paid employee, volunteer or intern)
  • A portfolio that demonstrates excellent writing skills (three writing samples should be submitted with resume)
  • Experiences that demonstrate a commitment to the values of a higher education institution, including: diversity and inclusion, continuous learning, and collegiality
  • Applicants must address in their application the ability to work with culturally diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • More than one year of successful experience as a professional communicator
  • Successful work experience in an educational, government or non-profit environment, or in an agency serving clients in those sectors
  • Advanced education directly related to the duties of the position (including both for-credit coursework and/or not-for-credit professional development)

Additional Information:

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Editorial Associate, SL-2

Start Date: August 1, 2017

Closing date for receipt of applications: June 18, 2017

Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Three professional references
  • Candidates will need to provide three writing samples and be prepared to demonstrate proficiency in writing/editing (writing/editing in a decision-making scenario) during the interview process.

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