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Communications Specialist

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Communications Specialist Job Description


PSD Computer Science: Administration and Staff

About the Department

The Department of Computer Science is an academic department that has a rich history of advancing and defining new fields of discovery in the physical sciences and computer science, and this tradition continues today. Our inquiry and impact spans from the edge of theory to human-computer interaction to Data Science. We are part of the Physical Sciences Division which includes academic departments and several interdisciplinary research institutes and centers.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Communications and the Chair, the Communications Specialist uses advanced techniques for internal and external communications and branding to achieve long-term communications and brand/marketing goals. The Department of Computer Science is seeking a highly motivated, creative, and digitally savvy communicator to strengthen and highlight our culture of academic excellence. This communicator will support the Chair, promote the department, our priorities, as well as a portfolio of programs and products with external and internal audiences. Excellent critical thinking, strategic planning and writing skills are a must to support market positioning, messaging, and tactical delivery of communication plans.

The successful candidate will apply thorough communications knowledge to plan, research, organize, write, produce, and disseminate information to worldwide audiences through electronic, social, print, presentation, and face-to-face tactics to advance our business strategy and support or department’s objectives. They will partner with executives, program managers, and subject matter experts; collaborate effectively with internal and external partners to advance common communication goals.

This position will need a background in employee communications, media relations and digital storytelling; experience handling multiple tasks simultaneously; and capability to team effectively with communicators and other business partners as part of a diverse team.

The successful candidate will be a passionate and experienced educational writer with proven skills translating research into accessible and engaging content. The Communications Specialist will assist in the creation and delivery of educational materials including, curricula, guides, tools and resources, announcements, and other deliverables. They will focus on developing and delivering clear, concise, and coordinated messaging across multiple vehicles and platforms. The Communication Specialist will serve as project manager for assigned writing and communications projects, ensuring quality and smooth production from start to finish of project.

The Communication Specialist also provides writing and technical services to support the creation and dissemination of department products including newsletters, blogs, features, and white papers. They will support business development efforts through research and writing assignments, reviews, and editing. As needed, this role will also plan and coordinate meetings, providing technical and logistical support for virtual internal and external gatherings.

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Communications Specialist Job Requirements


  • Leads the development of strategic approaches to communication plans and branding strategies, ensuring alignment with messaging, objectives and standards, and effectively mitigation potential conflicts.
  • Researches, writes, and edits a broad range of materials and communications that promote the activities of the Computer Science Department.
  • Develops digital and social media plans, talking points, backgrounders, fact sheets, web-based materials, campus screens, etc and collaborate on additional external media needs, such as news releases, statements, and response-to-queries, as required.
  • Conducts literature searches on education and related topics and writes reports, research briefs, and helps translate research into actionable tools and resources.
  • Writes curriculum and program materials to support educational program implementation.
  • Writes event recaps for Department website.
  • Prepares a variety of promotional and informational materials including articles, bulletins, websites, pamphlets, and other related media material.
  • Provides publicity and promotional support for special events and knowledge sharing activities., including event promotion via email, social media, and website calendar and relevant on-campus listservs.
  • Assists in developing and implementing communication strategies to disseminate information about the Computer Science Department.
  • Develops and implements communications and public relations strategies to promote and publicize a variety of departmental projects, service, and programs.
  • Develops internal newsletters, memos, and intranet content for the Department of Computer Science.
  • Develops, plans, and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization's programs, accomplishments, or point of view.
  • Makes contributions to the media interface, including writing press releases, planning and organizing media coverage for major events, and crafting responses to sensitive or controversial issues.
  • Performs other related work as needed.
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