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Communications Specialist

California State University, Long Beach

Last Updated: 5/10/23

Job Description

Communications Specialist

Job No: 518875
Work Type: Staff
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Temporary, Full Time, Marketing/Communications

Job Summary
The Communications Specialist manages the planning and execution of journalistic storytelling content and related marketing activities for the university's Beach 2030 Strategic Plan across multiple platforms and a wide variety of audiences. The incumbent is responsible for the oversight of all related graphic and video design in conjunction with Strategic Communications to ensure Beach 2030 efforts are on brand with campus standards. This position acts as the as the primary liaison and provides leadership and guidance to campus constituents regarding Beach 2030 content.
Key Responsibilities

  • Oversight and management of day-to-day editorial and digital content for Beach 2030 communications. This includes writing, editing, and publishing content; directing the creation of related graphic design and video components; and ensuring that all communications, marketing materials and collateral adhere to university standards, and maintain compliance with ATI and other campus guidelines.
  • Acts as the primary liaison with campus partners to disseminate Beach 2030 content in a wide variety of media platforms.
  • Ensure website and social media channels are up to date and maintained with current information.
  • Research and recommends new or emerging technologies to improve communication strategies.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated ability to manage communications for a large, complex, campus-wide university initiative including the ability to supervise the work of designers, videographers and others on the theme, design, and content of electronic, and web-based publications to maximize impact. Significant experience in writing, editing, and proofreading copy to produce a wide variety of communications targeted for internal and external audiences. Thorough knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, and practices of public relations, including mechanics of content creation and AP style writing, and editing. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate orally and in writing at a level appropriate for the position. Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining excellent working relationships with internal and external constituents to facilitate the delivery of relevant, timely, and positive information to the campus community and the public about Beach 2030.

Demonstrated ability to utilize sound judgment and proactive problem-solving techniques plus the ability to determine when issues need to be escalated to the AVP. Ability to stay abreast of current social media and communications trends and updated on available technology. Ability to handle multiple priorities while meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Demonstrated ability to work with individuals at all levels throughout the campus as well as off-campus partners and the public. Ability to treat others with dignity and respect, empathy, fairness, and professionalism, consistent with the university mission, values, and strategic vision. Demonstrated knowledge of word processing, desktop publishing, and web design software packages. Demonstrated ability to identify and appropriately handle sensitive and confidential information.

Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures. Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student, and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."
Education and Experience
  • Equivalent to a bachelor's degree in a related field (Marketing, Communications or Journalism preferred) and four years of related professional or technical experience required.
  • Experience writing for a higher education or other large institution preferred.
  • Working knowledge of a content management system such as Drupal and experience managing video and graphic design projects preferred.
Future Planning Beach 2030
Public Affairs/Communications Specialist III
The salary range for this classification is $4,104 to $7,425 per month.
Excellent benefits through CalPERS (health, vision, dental), tuition fee waiver, generous vacation and sick leave, and 14 paid holidays each year.
Time Base
Full-time temporary position for one year with no permanent status granted. Temporary assignments may expire prior to the ending date.
Application Procedures
Click Apply Now to complete the CSULB Online Employment Application. If selected for an interview please be prepared to provide samples of an article, website or other related materials you have created.
Additional Information
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

California State University Long Beach expects respectful, professional behavior from its employees in all situations. Acts of harassment or abusive conduct are prohibited. Demonstrated appropriate professional behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate abusive conduct is expected of all employees.
Equal Employment Statement
California State University Long Beach is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status.

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CSU Vaccination Policy
The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to
Out of State Employment Policy
California State University, Long Beach, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Application Closes: Sep 23, 2022 (11:55 PM)

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Company Details

Long Beach, California, United States
CSULB, one of the largest universities in the CSU system, is located in Long Beach on a beautifully landscaped, 320-acre campus near the ocean and the thriving downtown area. The school’s faculty and staff are engaged in a broad array of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, significant research, in addition to a wide range of community and professional service organizations.