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Communications Specialist II/III

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Position Details

Classification Information

University Title Communications Specialist II - 6151
Pay Grade 32
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 70123P
Working Title Communications Specialist II/III
Advertised Employing Department Environmental Health & Safety
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Continuous
Proposed Start Date May 1, 2017
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is currently seeking qualified applicants for a Communications Specialist position. This position will be filled as either a Communications Specialist II or III. EH&S is an employing unit which reports to the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance (SVBF) at Iowa State University (ISU). EH&S aids the campus community in preventing illness and injury, protects the environment and connects the university to the message of safety and preparedness. EH&S delivers effective education, fosters beneficial partnerships, maintains technical expertise and provides exemplary service.

Responsibilities of this position include developing training courses and visual communications to promote safety and EH&S services to the university campus. These responsibilities include photography; course development and graphic design.

In addition to the above duties, the Communications Specialist III will further develop a communications strategy and provide a higher level of leadership and consultation to include developing training courses and visual communications to promote safety and EH&S services to the university campus. Responsibilities will include photography and video production; course development; graphic design; social media management, staff training; maintenance of media equipment; and client support for the learning management system.

The successful candidate will have the ability to form positive working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and external customers and establish professional campus and community relationships through effective written and oral communication; strong problem solving capabilities along with the ability to work independently as well as with a team; and excellent organizational and multitasking skills to handle a variety of simultaneous duties. The candidate will also possess the ability to routinely use personal computers along with a variety of software expertise.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

The above requirements are for the Communications Specialist II.

Communications Specialist III:
Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience.

For either position:
Relevant experience in one or more of the following areas: communications and publications, public relations, marketing, education or related field.

Preferred Education and Experience

Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Education, Communications or a suitable equivalent.

Technical training covering OSHA, EPA, NFPA or related workplace regulations, guidelines and standards.

Experience developing and administering safety training.

Experience with spreadsheets and relational databases.

Work related experience at a college, university or research institution.

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information
Department Contact Name Rajean Birkestrand
Department Contact Phone 515-294-9133
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply to 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 References

If 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 03/29/2017
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

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Professional certifications such as Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Biosafety Professional (CBSP), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), or Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP).

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe your experience preparing and delivering online and face-to-face training in an adult learning environment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Describe your computer skills, specifically the use of Adobe Premiere Pro and other Adobe Creative Suite products.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Provide an example of how you have applied your time management skills to solve a problem at your current/previous employment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Provide an example of how you have applied your knowledge of adult learning to solve a problem in your current/previous employment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Briefly describe your level of experience with video production or electronic media.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
    • ISU Employment Opportunities Website
    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  7. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents