Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Program Lead: Extension and Research Communications Specialist
University or Organization :
Northern Marianas College
State or Territory :
Application Deadline :
Mar 31, 2017
Descriptive Job Title :
Program Lead: Extension and Research Communications Specialist
Keywords separated by commas :
Extension, Communications
Location :
As Terlaje Campus, Northern Marianas College, Saipan, CNMI
Area, Department or Unit :
Cooperative Research, Extension, and Education Service (CREES)
Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
$45,632.48 - $53,126.90
Start Date:
None Stated
Nature of the Position:The primary tasks and responsibilities of the Communications Specialist position are to conceptualize and execute compelling, creative and scholarly communication solutions from concept to final publication or production that align with the Northern Marianas College and NMC-Cooperative Research, Extension, and Education Service (CREES) marketing strategies and objectives. This position requires higher-level executive, faculty and client interaction skills and involves working in a collaborative environment with Extension and research faculty, college communications professionals, and administrators. A high level of production experience and proficiency in translating ideas, concepts, and qualitative and quantitative data into publications and presentations that advances NMC-CREES. The successful candidate must be able to manage multiple projects and revisions while working within established schedules and deadlines, stay current with emerging technologies and tools and adhere to graphic standards, brand guidelines and best practices in higher education communications. Verbal and written communication skills are important. A strong understanding of visual communications strategies and scientific writing and how to apply them in academic and general public sectors. This position will be housed in the Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA), work cooperatively with the Dean of OIA, but accountable to NMC-CREES (Dean).Duties and Responsibilities:Manages CREES communications internally and externally; Develop data collection methodologies for faculty in collecting both quantitative and qualitative data that will be used in scholarly and general public communications;Build faculty capacity in different aspects of communication methodologies;Writes, reviews and edits written materials, helps prepare scholarly presentations, and communicates with employees and the public; Build and maintain CREES website;Prepares annual USDA reports;Assist faculty and staff in the creation of educational pieces such as extension or research guides and scholarly documents; Communicates with appropriate parties to announce new initiatives and discuss organizational changes that maintain a positive image of the NMC-CREES;Coordinates with college and NMC-CREES faculty and staff and other creative groups in the development of effective marketing and communications materials, including: Production and design direction for executive communications, directs communication and branding strategies for the CREES while assisting in quality control of materials, including the brand and style guide; Work with College and CREES personnel to create stories and respond to media inquiries related to the four keys programming areas of NMC-CREES;Find creative ways to translate CREES programing analyses into compelling storylines, including through multimedia online content, such as videos, photos, and infographics;Creates, develops, and implements a strategic marketing and communications plan for NMC-CREES;Communicates NMC-CREES priorities and impacts for constituents, both internal and external, such as employees, elected officials, and community stakeholders. Serves as a member of the NMC-CREES faculty to ensure coordinated and comprehensive communications and marketing of research and extension programming;Develop and oversees division website content, maintenance, and social media strategy;Facilitates key agency events originating from the Dean/Director's office to communicate agency effectiveness. Will work with various media outlets and key stakeholders to communicate CREES programs.Demonstrate and Provide Effective Phone Etiquette and Customer Service.
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Minimum education level :
Masters degree from a U.S.-accredited institution in the field in Communications, Journalism, or related field
Years of experience :
Three (3) to five (5) years of experience in communications
Travel Requirements:
Other Requirements:
Preferred Qualifications: A Doctoral degree from a U.S.-accredited institution in the field in Communications, Journalism, or related field.


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Contact :
Konrad Jr. Reyes
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Application Instructions :
Employment application forms are available at the Human Resources Office of the College and a pdf. file can be downloaded from our website: using Adobe Acrobat. Please submit the following documents to the HR Office: Complete Employment Application Form, Detailed Resume, Authorization for Release of Prior Employment Information/Consent to Background Check, Copies of all required/preferred degree/diplomas, and Copies of transcripts of all required/preferred degrees/diplomas (except high school). Optional: Cover Letter.All post-secondary education degrees must be from a U.S. Department of Education recognized and accredited institution. It is our requirement that degrees be from a U.S.-accredited college or university. Foreign degrees may be accepted when accompanied with a credential evaluation report. A listing of authorized evaluation reports can be obtained at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website at compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification (I-9) document form upon hire. Police/court clearance will be required upon job offer.