Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Communications Coordinator, State Extension Administration Office
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Jul 28, 2020
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #15-20 Communications Coordinator, State Extension Administration Office, Fort Collins, CO
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Location :
Fort Collins, CO
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Salary :
The starting salary for this position will be in the range of $50,000-$65,000.
Start Date:
None Stated
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State Universitys Principles of Community that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement. Colorado State University is a land-grant institution committed to a 150-year-old mission of access to higher education for the citizens of Colorado and to excellence in teaching, research, and outreach. The campus is located in the city of Fort Collins, the county seat of Larimer County. Fort Collins is a progressive community of approximately 171,000 situated 65 miles north of Denver on Interstate 25. Located at an elevation of 5,000 feet, Fort Collins has a clear, dry climate and generally pleasant temperature throughout the year. Extension is a major component of the Universitys outreach organization serving 63 of Colorados 64 counties. Extensions mission is to Empower Coloradans to address important and emerging community issues using dynamic, science-based educational resources. Extensions total annual budget of approximately $28 million supports approximately 325 extension specialists, agents, administrators, and staff. Through its county, state, and federal partnership Extension currently focuses its efforts in: Nutrition, Food Safety, and Health; 4-H Youth Development; Community and Economic Development; Natural Resources; Cropping Systems; Energy; Environmental Horticulture; Family and Consumer Science; Food Systems; Livestock and Range. Working closely with local and state advisory groups to determine local program needs and direction, Extension draws on the resources of 13 different departments in five colleges to provide non-credit educational programs based on research-generated knowledge. The office for this position is in the State Extension Administration Office in the University Square building located at 1311 South College Avenue in Fort Collins. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Communications Coordinator reports to the Office of Engagement & Extension Director of Communications and is a member of the Office of Engagement & Extension communications team. This individual supports all aspects of marketing, communications, and public relations for Colorado State University Extension (CSUE). The Coordinator is responsible for proactively generating positive media coverage for CSUE, managing daily media relations, and writing and editing news releases and feature stories. This position implements and evaluates social media strategies and directly manages social media channels. This position provides guidance, direction, and coordination in the administration of marketing, communications and public relations operations within CSU Extension activities in the State of Colorado. The Communications Coordinator serves as a resource for Extension field and campus staff for information and questions about communication and marketing policies, procedures, and issues as well as university and Extension branding issues.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: Communications: 60% Implements and supports marketing, communication and public relations strategies, i.e., facilitating a coherent marketing, communication and public relations strategy that is state-wide and provides guidance for cost-effective and locally appropriate solutions to help county staff improve visibility in counties and regions. Research, write and edit engaging content for multiple channels (website, magazine, newspaper, press releases, and social media). Provides guidance and support for Extension marketing efforts focusing on Extension programming, partnerships and impacts. Provides the OEE Director of Communications with regular analysis of marketing, communication and public relations operations. Serves as back-up liaison and point of contact for CSU Division of University Communications and county public relations offices on public relations issues. Engages and collaborates with CSU colleges and major units. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Coordination: 40% Facilitates marketing and communications cooperation and coordination between the regional, area and county offices of CSU Extension. Serves as a point of contact between the CSU Extension and University Communications and public relations departments in colleges and units. Works with and educates Extension supervisors and administrators on marketing, communication and public relations policies and procedures. Recommends policies and direction for Extension marketing, communication and public relations functions for presentation to the VP for Engagement & Extension. Provides guidance to Extension professional development efforts on marketing, communication and public relations for employees, including Extension Forum, New Staff Orientation (on-boarding), conferences, short courses, classes, and other professional development opportunities. Works with all Extension personnel to support communication, marketing and public relations operations in county and area programs. Serves as a resource to employees and managers in response to marketing, communications and public relations management questions and inquiries. Advises employees and managers in Extension on effective storytelling, marketing techniques, new technologies, and gives feedback on efforts to improve skills. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
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Minimum education level :
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Completed bachelors degree in Communication, English, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, or related field. Experience producing and editing copy for multiple audiences and across multiple platforms. Demonstrated working knowledge of Microsoft Office and industry software such as Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop) and Canva. Must have a valid drivers license or the ability to obtain a drivers license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Years of experience :
PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated experience using traditional and emerging platforms to reach and engage a broad array of audiences. Demonstrated experience using Associated Press style guidelines for news and press release writing. Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills. Demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity through inclusive design and language. Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals, groups and staff, specifically from a position of leadership. Experience and proficiency with creating and delivering presentations and public speaking. Professional experience or knowledge of Extension and a land-grant university system.
Travel Requirements:
Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided.
Other Requirements:
BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.


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Contact :
Darrin Goodman
Phone Number with Area Code :
(970) 491-2734
Application Instructions :
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Please submit the following to to apply: Resume. Cover letter. Transcript of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number. Special Required Documentation - Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all applicable Required and Preferred Job Qualifications. Please respond to each bullet point separately. All applicants will be contacted approximately 15 working days after the deadline regarding their status. Next steps and interview dates will be shared to those moving forward. Four professional references will be requested of applicants that advance in the interview process. For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Darrin Goodman at (970) 491-2734 or