Communications Coordinator/Specialist (499119)

California Polytechnic State University
May 4, 2021
San Luis Obispo, CA
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Job Summary

Under the general supervision of the Dean, the Communications Coordinator/Specialist works to (1) promote the reputation of the CLA and its programs to state, national, and international audiences, and (2) develop and enhance relationships between the college and its key constituent groups, including current and prospective students, parents, alumni, friends and donors, and 3) establish and maintain projects and their timelines to achieve college communication objectives.

As the public affairs liaison and communications coordinator for the college, the incumbent will provide information about the college's departments, programs and activities through publications, websites, and other forms of communication, including newsletters, annual reports, press releases, brochures, scripts, social media, video and presentations. This position manages the college's website and social media content and supervises various student assistants and serves as the point of contact for special project hires ( e.g., designers, writers, editors). The college currently produces monthly internal announcemenis, quarterly alumni e-newsletters, and one annual printed magazine. In addition, this position works closely with college and university development to create college-specific pieces for fund raising, with University Communications and Marketing (UCM) team to promote the college and its departments (e.g., via press releases), and with admissions and the college dean to provide informational pieces (e.g., video, print) for prospective students.

Department Summary

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) consists of 18 academic departments and programs, with approximately 350 faculty and 70 staff, serving 3,500 students in 18 undergraduate majors, 4 graduate programs, and over 30 minors. The CLA includes disciplines that represent five broad areas of knowledge: the fine and performing arts, communications, the humanities, the social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies. In addition to offering courses for its own majors, CLA offers a significant proportion of courses in general education, as well as courses that support minors and serve as electives for all majors throughout the university. The CLA is also home to the foundational disciplines that form the scholarly bases for cultural awareness, knowledge and skills, making the college's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion central to the college's curriculum and identity. Further, the CLA plays a significant role in providing activities that enhance the cultural and intellectual environment of the campus, including exhibits and performances offered by our academic departments (e.g., Art, Music, Theatre & Dance) and Cal Poly Arts, cultural programs and lecture series offered by all of our departments, and co-curricular programs such as Mustang Media, Debate, and Model UN. The college's degree program offerings combined with its general education offerings comprise approximately 30% of the university's instruction. The College of Liberal Arts has the largest general-fund operating budget of all the colleges on campus (about $45 million). The College is also the home of Cal Poly Arts and Spanos Theatre.

The college employs about 175 regular full-time tenured/tenure track faculty, with approximately 1/3 of those hired in the last 5 years. In addition, it employs another 175 full-time and part-time lecturers and approximately 70 staff members in various support roles and classification categories.

Key Qualifications

  • In coordination with college leadership, develop the college's strategic communications plan, inclusive of all elements (both college and departmental) and constituents (students, alumni, faculty/staff, parents, donors).
  • Lead the communications team in the execution of the strategic communications plan, coordinating with external vendors and internal colleagues/entities.
  • Establish policy and procedures for college-wide and department communication efforts.
  • Establish and maintain multiple projects and their timelines to achieve college communication objectives.
  • Oversee all external communication for the college and its departments, including but not limited to campaigns, magazines, newsletters, posters, flyers, brochures, emails, social media and websites.

Education and Experience

  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university and three years of progressively responsible experience in marketing and public relations, or a related field. A graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $48,000- $66000 Per Year

Classification Range: $42,180- $76,296 Per Year

Cal Poly

Known for its Learn by Doing pedagogy, Cal Poly is the flagship of the world-renowned California State University system. Annually recognized as one of the top public universities in the nation, Cal Poly continues to offer an academic curriculum based on learned experience gained through real-world practice. Located in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is nestled comfortably among the coastal foothills, minutes from the Pacific Ocean and equidistant to the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information.

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Poly is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

Closing Date/Time: May 13, 2021

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