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Marketing and Medial Relations Specialist (Public Affairs/Communications Specialist II)

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

Position Summary

Strategic Communications and Public Affairs (StratComm) serves as the official voice of San Diego State University and shares the President’s vision, values and priorities while articulating a unified message about the university’s unique story. Core service areas include crisis and issues management, marketing, news and media relations, social media, web and interactive communications, executive communications and visual communications, and government and community relations. We work together and with our partners across the institution and auxiliaries to promote the transformational diversity and impact of SDSU programs and achievements.

StratComm develops and oversees content for SDSU’s main web pages and for SDSU NewsCenter, flagship social media channels, video productions, photography and the SDSU Magazine. The department also manages presidential communication; projects related to issues management and crisis communications; internal communication to faculty, students and staff; and external communications to the greater campus community, media representatives and the general public. 

Another important arm of StratComm is government and community relations, an area responsible for building and maintaining relationships with constituent groups. The area also has responsibility for advising SDSU faculty and administrators on projects, initiatives and strategies designed to support collaborative engagement and dialogue with agencies and community members. 

StratComm is also responsible for managing the SDSU brand through web and brand style guidelines along with graphic design services. StratComm leads the planning, coordination, and implementation of integrated marketing and communication strategies that support the mission of SDSU. 

Under the supervision of the Director of Media Relations and in close collaboration with other members of SDSU Imperial Valley and Strategic Communications and Public Affairs (StratComm), the Media Relations Officer provides assistance in carrying out the initiatives and activities of the department with a focus on elevating the visibility of SDSU Imperial Valley. 

Scope of work includes but is not limited to the following: 

  • Assist in the developing and sustaining a marketing and communications strategy and plan for SDSU Imperial Valley, sustaining relationships with Imperial County media and news outlets, and working closely with the campus leadership and partners in StratComm. 

  • Preparing, researching, writing and editing communications and marketing material for both internal and external needs to include social media, web, printed materials, marketing materials, letters and scripts. 

  • Coordinating under the supervision of the Director of Media Relations, media relations efforts, to include earned media efforts to elevate the visibility of the mission and impact of SDSU Imperial Valley within and outside of the Valley.

  • Facilitating multimedia projects through the utilization of photography, videography and audio, with support or engagement from StratComm’s videographers as needed.

  • Assist with strategy and design direction, aligned with SDSU’s brand guidelines, for print and digital collateral on behalf of SDSU Imperial Valley. 

  • Manage the social media channels for SDSU Imperial Valley. 

  • Support web communications and general site updates for SDSU Imperial Valley. 

Full-time, temporary position expected to end on or before October 31, 2023 with the possibility of reappointment. 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. 

This position is physically located on the SDSU Imperial Valley campus. 

Education and Experience

Knowledge of the fundamentals of public affairs and/or media relations, multimedia reporting and audience engagement and/or some exposure to marketing and marketing research; basic working knowledge with video/audio production equipment. 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 a related field 

  • Minimum of two years of work experience in public relations or journalism.

  • Understanding of SDSU Imperial Valley and relevant community, education, and economic issues within Imperial County. 

  • Fluent in Spanish.

  • Established media contacts – including national media.  

  • Familiarity with SDSU.  

  • Experience producing video for use on the Internet.  

  • Experience writing for the Web and magazine features.  

  • Experience with web-based content management system, and Photoshop

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $4,583 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.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,515-$6,358 per month. 

SDSU Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for five months after their final dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or for two months after receiving the only dose of a single-dose vaccine. Afterward a COVID-19 booster is required to continue to be considered fully vaccinated. 

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university’s secure online health portal prior to beginning work.  Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU’s COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on September 14, 2022. To receive full consideration, apply by September 13, 2022. 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 Taylor Jaress at



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