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Communications Specialist

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Marketing & Communications
Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Friday, June 21, 2024

Communications Specialist


Campus: Tempe

Communications Specialist

Job Description

The School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies is recruiting a creative and resourceful individual to develop and implement communication strategies that include integrated marketing plans, programs, tactics, communication platforms, initiatives and digital content in support of recruitment, retention, development and outreach efforts to support the goals of the school. Works with general supervision from the Associate Director, Academic Operations/Strategic Initiatives and collaborates with leadership, business team, and events coordinator.

Job Family

Publicity & Promotion

Department Name




VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$50,000 - $63,000 per year; DOE

Close Date




Essential Duties

  • Plans, develops, and produces creative, high-quality and cost-effective communications for school audiences (e.g., faculty, staff, students, donors, prospective students, and the general public) using multiple media and tools (e.g., print, social media, events, press releases, advertisements, Web, displays, and merchandise).
  • Collaborates, consults with, and participates in new-idea generation, brainstorming, and recommending creative ways to accomplish marketing and communication goals
  • Serves as the writer and editor for alumni and internal school newsletters, brochures, web content, press releases and annual reports and ASU News articles.
  • Participates in strategic communications planning for school projects and initiatives.
  • Supports the communication needs of the school's departments and programs; especially as they relate to development, recruitment and student services activities (including consulting and/or production of communication tools).
  • Implements university guidelines for the use of the school's web site, advertising, alumni and staff print communications.
  • Oversees content for the SHPRS website, identifying information needs and updates, using analytics to drive and develop new content and ensuring timely posting of news and events.
  • Works with internal and external vendors and suppliers to coordinate media placement, printing of various types of materials, and direct the development, content, and design of communication for the school's website and programs.
  • Posts to social media accounts, analyzes social media, email and web content performance and determines how to improve effectiveness.
  • Engages with college leadership, marketing team members, faculty and staff to source content
  • Serves as editor of SHPRS blog
  • Works with vendors and graphic designers to produce high-quality designed content and promo items.
  • Handles photography and videography.
  • Manages marketing budget.
  • Assists with events as requested.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Journalism, English, Communications, Marketing, Education or a related field AND three (3) years of related work experience in the development of comprehensive and creative communication; OR seven (7) years of related work experience; OR Any equivalent combination of experience and or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved. Certificates from recognized programs that verify mastery of tools and techniques relevant to the assignment may substitute for up to six (6) months of experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working in Higher Education
  • Demonstrated knowledge of writing in AP style, media relations, content development and copy editing.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Evidence of effective client relationship skills and demonstrated ability to self-direct and take initiatives.
  • Experience in managing and prioritizing multiple tasks and deadlines, and working collaboratively in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment.
  • Experience with content management systems (Drupal, WordPress), SEO and CRMs (Salesforce).
  • Experience with graphic design and layout using Adobe Creative Cloud tools.

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse.
  • Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals.
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, pushing, pulling, and lifting up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include resolving conflicts, coping with moderate stress levels, along with the requirements to complete tasks within set time constraints and frequently changing priorities.
  • Clearly communicate to perform essential functions.

Department Statement

In 2008, the departments of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies joined together to create the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies (SHPRS), an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We continue to advance Arizona State University’s goals of excellence, access and impact through award winning innovative research and a commitment to supporting students both online and on-campus. As the largest transdisciplinary school in the humanities at ASU, the collaborative environment of talented faculty and students aims to create leaders of change that understand the past, present and future.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit https://wellness.asu.edu/explore-wellness/body/alcohol-and-drugs/tobacco

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

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Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.