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Communications Lead, College of Sciences (Public Affairs/Communications Specialist III)

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Temporary, Full Time, Marketing/Communications

Position Summary

The College of Sciences includes eight academic departments, an additional eight degree-issuing programs, eight joint doctoral programs, seventeen research centers and institutes, fifteen Student Support Programs, numerous research groups, clinics, and labs, as well as a number of off-campus instructional and research centers, including the Mount Laguna Observatory, Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve, Sky Oaks Field Stations, Fortuna Mountain Research Reserve, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Coastal & Marine Institute. There are over 300 full- and part-time faculty and 100 clerical and technical employees. There are a wide variety of interests in both teaching and research. The Dean directs the College with the support of two Associate Deans, one Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, an Administrator I, and administrative support staff. The Dean’s Office is responsible for all activities emanating from the creation, implementation, and provision for the continued support and future planning of the instructional and research process in the College.

The Communications Lead will build the College of Sciences communications shop from the ground up, providing direction for college communication strategy; finding and telling stories that highlight the incredible work of the college; and amplifying these stories across platforms. The Communications Lead will work in close collaboration with campus partners on both internal- and external-facing communications strategies and marketing approaches that elevate the mission and success of the college. 

In working closely and collaboratively with key stakeholders, the Communications Lead will coordinate with faculty, students, staff, alumni, donors and community partners to ideate and develop compelling ways of promoting the college. The communications lead will be an innovative communicator, a subject matter expert, an excellent storyteller and a team player with a positive attitude. The lead will serve on the college’s executive team, under the direction of the dean and in consultation with both Strategic Communications and Public Affairs (StratComm) and the Division of Research and Innovation.

For more information regarding the College of Sciences, click here.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits-eligible, permanent (probationary) position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation.  Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Education and Experience

Knowledge of the fundamentals of public affairs and/or media relations, and/or some exposure to marketing and marketing research. This background normally is obtained through a college degree, which includes relevant coursework in the field, and up to two years of related professional or technical experience. In addition, strong written and verbal communication skills with a solid foundation in grammar, spelling, and the composition of various communication vehicles are essential to initial entry to this classification.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, marketing, student affairs/higher education or related field
  • Experience writing about science, engineering, health and/or research preferred
  • A positive attitude, political savvy, and the ability to work well with teams across an organization. Issues management experience is preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred

Specialized Skills 

  • Experience in journalism, marketing, or communications
  • Experience writing about/communicating for the health, science and/or engineering sectors

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $5,408 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,104 - $7,425 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on July 6, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by July 5, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Jasleen Aguilar at 619-594-9392 or

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