Assistant Director of Communications

Fort Collins
Jul 01, 2014
Jul 31, 2014
Jean West
Design, Marketing
Full Time
Minimum Qualifications:
•Bachelor of Science/Arts degree in graphic design, communications, multimedia, public relations, marketing, or journalism with a minimum of three years of experience OR
•Bachelor of Science/Arts degree in unrelated field with a minimum of five years’ experience in the design or communications field
•Demonstrated project management experience
•Experience in graphic design, both digital and print
•Demonstrated working knowledge of industry software including Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)

Preferred Qualifications:
•Master of Science/Art degree preferred and can be substituted for two years of professional experience
•Experience in higher education
•Experience with file pre-flight and print shop processes
•Experience with social media and producing content for digital signs
•Experience in supervision and evaluation of staff
•Experience managing vendor relationships
•Basic web design/development experience, including content management systems and portal systems
•Excellent writing and communication skills
•Comfort with public speaking and engaging a diverse public to include students, faculty, staff, and campus/community partners
•Commitment to diversity, social justice, and sustainability

•Serve as primary project manager for the Communications Office and coordinate publications, multimedia, and other communications projects from conception through delivery including design, content, budget, branding, timeline, editing, prepress, and printing and/or digital launch
•Manage the Creative Team; supervise professional staff and student interns, manage the project calendar, and work as a member of the office leadership team to set priorities, balance budgets, and meet strategic goals
•Ensure proper implementation of University and department graphic standards and branding guidelines; serve as primary liaison to licensed vendors
•Serve as a graphic designer for both print and digital formats across a wide array of projects
•Work collaboratively with the Director of Communications to develop strategic marketing and public relations campaigns to meet departmental communications objectives
•Provide research, writing, and editing for publications, press releases, Web pages, newsletters, informational campaigns, and other official communications
•Assist the Director of Communications with media relations and serve as the back-up on call staff member for crisis communication and after-hours emergencies
•Represent the Director of Communications at management meetings and committees in the director’s absence
•Collaborate with team to coordinate and staff special events and other programs
•Provide basic website updates and content
•Incorporate sustainability initiatives in support of the Housing & Dining Service’s mission
•Understand and incorporate concepts of diversity and social justice into projects, events, and programs
•Participate in continuing education activities that enhance professional knowledge and technical skills

Other/Administrative Duties:
•Participate in drafting budgets, goals, and timelines
•Participate in staff and interdepartmental meetings
•Serve on appropriate University committees
•Assist with new projects and varied duties as assigned; some events and programs do occur on evenings and weekends

To apply:
•Applications consisting of a letter of interest addressing all position qualifications; resume; and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, need to be submitted online in a single, combined document (Word or PDF format only) through the Division of Student Affairs’ application website located at Applicants needing assistance or accommodations may contact Jean.West@ColoState.EDU or call (970) 491-4752. Application materials should be addressed to Search Committee: Assistant Director of Communications, Colorado State University. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for full consideration, completed applications must be on file on or before Monday, July 21, 8:00 a.m. MST

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.
Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

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