The Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty Communications Specialist position with the Division's communications and marketing team. An FTE between 0.75 and 1.00 may be considered to meet the employee's and the Division's business needs. This Communication Specialist position is based on OSU's main campus in Corvallis, Oregon. The Communications Specialist will have the potential for a flexible, hybrid work arrangement and will be traveling throughout Oregon.
The Communications Specialist creates content in a variety of media and delivery platforms to inform public audiences about the Division of Extension and Engagement's (division) programs, people and impact. The primary focus is on storytelling and media relations, including writing, editing and basic multimedia production. This work serves to build awareness of and support for the division and its units among the public, decision makers and other audiences. This position covers programmatic beats as assigned. In addition, this position contributes to efforts to create content and related strategies that are accessible to all and linguistically and culturally relevant.
The Communication Specialist collaborates with unit colleagues, division faculty and staff, and external collaborators, including government agencies and organizations, members of the media and the public.
This position reports to the unit's news and public affairs manager.
About the division's communication and marketing unit:
The Extension Communications unit operates as an integrated communication and marketing team in support of the Division of Extension and Engagement and the statewide OSU Extension Service. The team collaborates with division leadership and colleagues to create educational, engaging and brand-aligned communications. This includes educational publishing, news and public affairs, marketing and branding, visual design and multimedia, web and content strategy, and executive and internal communication efforts. The team also offers advice, consultation and training for division employees in these areas. In addition, the team provides collaborative leadership for innovative and effective use of educational and communication technologies that support access to and engagement with OSU Extension.
About the division:
The Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State University's mission. The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our website: https://engagement.oregonstate.edu/
OSU Extension programs, partnerships and volunteer opportunities are focused on:
Healthy communities and economies
Resilient and productive forests and natural ecosystems
Sustainable agriculture, food systems and gardening
Thriving youth, individuals and families
The Division has built the capacity and expectation for employees to use digital communications and technologies in the modern-day workplace. This reflects our demonstrable commitment to using digital communications tools and changing technologies as a primary way to raise Oregonian's awareness of and engagement with our organization, programs and resources.
Commitment to inclusive excellence: OSU is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with civil rights and language access regulations. Extension Communications employees are expected to use diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice frameworks in carrying out their responsibilities.
Typically requires Bachelors degree in Communications, English, Journalism or related field. 3 years experience in journalism or editing and design. May require specialized certification or training.
Bachelor's degree in public relations, journalism, communications or field related to the duties of the position.
Two years of professional communications experience relevant to duties of the position.
Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
Demonstrated skill with photography and/or videography, including basic photo and video editing.
Demonstrated ability to sustain effective, professional interactions with colleagues, supervisor and others.
Ability to learn and adapt to using multiple forms of digital communication systems and other tools in a changing technological environment.
Ability to balance multiple projects and meet deadlines through independent and team work.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.
The primary work location for this position is the OSU Extension Communications office on OSU's campus in Corvallis, Oregon. However, flexible work may be established via an OSU Flexible Work Arrangement Agreement, with pre-determined periodic reviews of on-going work for continuation of the agreement. This position is expected to work onsite in Corvallis for at least 50% of the time per week.
Position requires travel throughout Oregon and non-standard (evening and weekend hours) to interview sources and capture content and infrequent out-of-state travel for professional development and service.
Oregon State is a leading research university located in one of the safest, smartest, greenest small cities in the nation. Situated 90 miles south of Portland, and an hour from the Cascades or the Pacific Coast, Corvallis is the perfect home base for exploring Oregon?s natural wonders.Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose ? making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality.Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state?s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation's top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.As Oregon?s leading public research university, with $261.7 million in external funding in the 2011 fiscal year, Oregon State?s impact reaches across the state and beyond. With 12 colleges, 15 Agricultural Experiment Stations, 35 county Extension offic...es, the Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport and OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon State has a presence in every one of Oregon?s 36 counties, with a statewide economic footprint of $2.06 billion.Oregon State welcomes a diverse student body of over 26,000 students from across Oregon, all 50 states and more than 100 countries. They can choose from more than 200 undergraduate and more than 80 graduate degree programs, including over 30 degrees online offered through Oregon State Ecampus. Oregon State increasingly attracts high-achieving students, with nationally recognized programs in areas such as conservation biology, agricultural sciences, nuclear engineering, forestry, fisheries and wildlife management, community health, pharmacy and zoology.Oregon State also ranks high in sustainability, fourth among universities nationwide for using renewable energy and first in the Pac-12 Conference. And our students literally help power the university: 22 exercise machines at Oregon State University has always been a place with a purpose ? making a positive difference in quality of life, natural resources and economic prosperity in Oregon and beyond. Through discovery, innovation and application, we are meeting challenges, solving problems and turning ideas into reality. For more information visithttp://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/index.cfm.The 400-acre main campus in Corvallis includes a Historic District, making Oregon State one of only a handful of U.S. university campuses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district includes such icons as Weatherford Hall, the Memorial Union and Benton Hall, the oldest building on the oldest building on campus.OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.