Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Program Lead: Extension and Research Communications Specialist
University or Organization :
Northern Marianas College
State or Territory :
Application Deadline :
Jun 09, 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
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).Desired Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge:Demonstrate effective phone etiquette and customer service skills. Articulate, versatile, highly-skilled writer with professional writing experience (professional writing samples required);Experience working with reporters or members of the media (and established media contacts) preferred;Website design;Understanding how to take scientific data and communicate to general and research public;Ability to analyze quantitative and qualitative data;Prior work in Extension or Research or other professional journalism field;Knowledge of food, agriculture, nutrition, family, community development, youth development and/or broader environmental issues preferred;Experienced in working with professional media outlets;Understanding of social media and how to use it to impact audiences;Strong visual communication skills, including knowledge of Power Point, Photoshop and similar;Strong oral communication skills;Strong writing skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a team;Excellent inter-personal communication skills, including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices, and partners;Highly motivated, proactive work style and excellent organizational skills;Ability to think creatively and collaboratively about all elements of communications work;Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products.Must have strong computer background including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, and database, preferably Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access software applications;Able to communicate effectively with students, staff, faculty, and other college stakeholders;Capable of handling multiple tasks while maintaining composure under stressful conditions;Completes tasks accurately and timely;Takes initiative and works both independently and cooperatively;Must be able to present information in clear and professional manner;Contributes and promotes a positive and professional working environment and relationship with the college community and promotes a positive representation of the CREES Department, Office of Institutional Advancement, and NMC.
Position Category:
Design, Communications and Media Occupations
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Minimum education level :
A 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.
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Contact :
Konrad Jr. Reyes
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Application Instructions :
How to Apply: 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.