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Communications Specialist

$3,338 – $5,653 monthly

California State University, Long Beach

Last Updated: 5/11/23

Job Description

Communications Specialist

Job No: 526698
Work Type: Staff
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Marketing/Communications

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the University Police Department (UPD), this position will plan and publish original and curated content to the UPD's media channels in a strategic manner to meet established objectives. Will be responsible for all public affairs communications for UPD and may sometimes support comm0unications for the Division of Administration and Finance (DAF). The incumbent should be able to develop strategies that enhance stakeholder engagement through public relations, while also monitoring media channels for emerging issues and necessary responses. Will be responsible for writing communications for various campus publications regarding UPD activity and disseminating information to reach intended audiences.
Key Responsibilities

  • Social media and video content creation, curation, monitoring and response
  • Division communications, content creation, and support
Knowledge Skills and Abilities

We are looking for a candidate who can communicate in a way that promotes awareness and understanding of systemic oppression and racism faced by individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds. The ideal candidate will possess excellent writing skills, with experience in developing web content, social media, and stories for publication. They should also have a sensitivity to the political and cultural climate and be able to advise on publication and media strategies.

The candidate should have a comprehensive understanding of communication, public affairs, media, and marketing theories and concepts to develop and execute communication strategies and plans that promote and position the UPD. They should also have an expert knowledge of university and UPD communication objectives, and the ability to translate them into effective communication and media campaigns.

Additionally, the candidate should have a thorough knowledge of applicable copyright and other laws pertaining to publications and the news media. They should be skilled in networking and interpersonal communication, with strong consultative and persuasive abilities to work with internal and external constituents and the media.

The ideal candidate should have expert writing and editorial skills, demonstrated organizational abilities, and be able to proactively resolve problems and issues. They should be proficient in the use of administrative computing systems, Microsoft Office, and other relevant software applications. They should also possess the ability to use market research to enhance the impact of communication strategies and campaigns, as well as update and organize the website using the latest technology.
Job involves lifting heavy-weight objects (20-40 pounds) and/or 20% - 40% of the job involves standing, squatting, kneeling, or walking. May require pushing or pulling objects within the weight limits.
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

Bachelor's degree in a related field and three (3) years of professional writing and editing experience. Social media engagement experience preferred. A valid CA driver's license required. Livescan fingerprint records check required.
Licenses / Certificates

Must meet employment requirements established by P.O.S.T. for civilian employees and state law. A valid driver's license is required for this position. Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.

University Police

Public Affairs/Communication Specialist II

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.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,338 - $5,653 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, regular position. Occasional evening or weekend work may be required.
Application Procedures

Click Apply Now to complete the CSULB Online Employment Application.

PLEASE FILL OUT THE APPLICATION COMPLETELY. It is important that all sections of the on-line application are filled out completely and accurately. Please include all relevant education and experience. Your application will be used to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications for this position.
Additional Information

CSULB is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (i.e. H-1B Visas).

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.

Due to the nature of this position, current CSULB employees are subject to a criminal record check unless they have successfully completed a criminal background check through CSULB within the past 12 months.

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.

To view the University's Annual Campus Crime Report go to: Copies of the report are available upon request. To request a copy, contact the University Police Department at [Register to View] .
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: Apr 23, 2023 (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.