Iowa State University Communications Specialist III - 6152 in Ames, Iowa

Classification Information

University Title Communications Specialist III - 6152

Pay Grade 33

Salary Commensurate with qualifications

Base of Employment P - P&S

Job Category Professional and Scientific

Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 90001P

Working Title Communications Specialist III

Advertised Employing Department Iowa Soybean Research Center

Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Term

Proposed Start Date 02/18/2019

Proposed End Date or Length of Term 3 years from the start date

Number of Months Employed Per Year 12

Full or Part Time Part-Time

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Iowa Soybean Research Center (ISRC) is seeking applications for a 1/2 time Communications Specialist III position. This position provides communication support to further the mission of the Iowa Soybean Research Center (ISRC).

The Communications Specialist is responsible for preparing a quarterly e-newsletter, writing press releases, progress reports, research reports, grant proposals, non-technical proposals, brochures and other marketing materials, taking photographs, managing the ISRC’s website, and developing a social media presence for the center.

The successful candidate will have significant creative ability and will be self-motivated and possess outstanding writing, editing, and researching ability. Additionally, the candidate will have excellent judgement and decision-making skills, along with the ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines. The incumbent will be able to work both independently and part of a team.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 34,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience in website development and design and in working with IT and/or outside vendors to create websites

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.)

  • Experience which demonstrates photography and video production skills

  • Experience working with content management systems

  • Experience in higher education and agriculture

  • Editing, desktop publishing, or graphic design experience

Location (if other than Ames)

Additional Information

Department Contact Name Gregory Tylka

Department Contact Phone

Department Contact Email

Department/Unit Website

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter 3) Contact Information for Three ReferencesIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary

Guaranteed Consideration Date 01/23/2019

Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email