Campus Public Relations Coordinator

Hartford, CT
Full Time
CT State Capital
Experienced

Details:

Posted: June 3, 2024
Level: Community College Professional 16, 12-month, tenure track position.
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week
Closing Date: The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm (EST) on Wednesday, July 3, 2024.

Location:

CT State Capital
950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
**This position is not remote**
For more information, please visit the campus website or www.ct.edu/hr/jobs

CT State Community College Mission:

Connecticut State Community College provides access to academically rigorous and innovative education and training focused on student success. The college supports excellence in teaching and learning, makes data-informed decisions, promotes equity, and advances positive change for the students, communities and industries it serves.

CT State Community College Vision:

Connecticut State Community College is recognized for exceptional student success, educational leadership and transformative collaboration with business and industry, government, educational and key stakeholders while advancing diverse opportunities for Connecticut’s citizens and communities.

CT State Community College Equity Statement:

Connecticut State Community College commits to bold and disruptive change by actively identifying, naming, and dismantling structural racism, systemic poverty, and other barriers; establishing equitable and anti-racist policies and practices; and empowering students, faculty, staff, and administrators to advance racial, social, and economic justice. Our core collective responsibility is to continuously assess practices and policies and transform the world we live in by eliminating inequities.

Anticipated Start Date:

September 2024

Position Summary:

The Public Relations Coordinator is a campus-based position that is responsible for the development and implementation of public relations activities for the campus and its Foundation/Institutional Advancement, consistent with CT State strategic branding, goals, and objectives. The incumbent coordinates with the CEO, the Institutional Advancement team and CT State Media and Organizational Communications teams on public relations activities to support strategic goals and is the campus point-person for public and media relations. The coordinator develops and distributes press releases; manages social media; maintains relationship with local media including print, digital and broadcast; contributes website and e-­newsletter content; supports on-campus events, community spaces and outreach; and produces vital documents that support enrollment, student affairs, and the Institutional Advancement. 

Example of Job Duties:

Under the direction of the CEO, a Dean or other administrator, the Public Relations Coordinator is accountable for developing and implementing a public relations/communications calendar that increases awareness and understanding of campus programs and services to increase enrollment, as well as Institutional Advancement goals by reaching both internal and external audiences.

  • Developing and distributing press releases; contribute content for social media; maintaining relationship with local media including print, digital and broadcast.
  • Developing website content and implementing updates through the CT State Web Services team.
  • Producing documents such as reports, programs, invitations, fact sheets, flyers or other collateral that support community outreach, student affairs, and Institutional Advancement.
  • Serves as a point of contact for media and the press and as a spokesperson for the college and Foundation; develops written remarks for the CEO or Institutional Advancement staff; seeks positive coverage of campus activities and events.
  • Researching and advising college management on opportunities to promote the campus through public relations.
  • Creating content and engagement strategy via campus social media that reaches current students and developing student ambassadors to spread messaging across platforms while broadening reach.
  • Coordinating with freelancers, contractors or other campus coordinators; and performing tasks such as photography, photo editing/sharing, and event staffing.
  • Managing projects that include writing, editing and production of collateral materials that align with CT State branding and messaging to inform internal and external audiences about events, programs, and services.
  • Participates as a member of the College's Institutional Advancement team.
In addition to the accountabilities listed above, the incumbent is required to carry out the essential duties of: Attendance and participation at convocation and commencement ceremonies; Service on assigned committees and task forces; Attendance and participation at committee, staff, informational and professional meetings.  These may involve attendance at evening or weekend events.

This posting includes qualifications, experience and skills but is not limited to the full specifications stated in the job description.

Incumbents must possess proven ability to effectively work with culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and students. They are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills along with strong Information technology literacy skills such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams etc.)

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in an appropriately related field together with one (1) or more years of related experience; or a combination of education, experience and training which would lead to the competencies required for successful performance of the position's essential duties. 

Incumbents are required to have demonstrated advanced knowledge and abilities in the following:  

  • Professional practice of journalism, social media and public relations.
  • Copy writing.
  • Desktop Publishing.
  • Event Planning.
  • Photography.
  • Media Relations.
  • Presentation skills.

Substitutions Allowed:

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position and by providing appropriate references. Exceptions to the degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two (2) years or more experience with professional practice of journalism, social media, and public relations for a large institution. 
  • Two (2) years or more experience in media relations for a large institution. 
  • Two (2) years or more experience of writing original content to promote a product or service. 
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in Connecticut-based media relations. 
  • One (1) or more years of experience and proficiency in managing social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, etc. for a corporation or institution. 

Starting Salary:

Anticipated Salary; $63,585 approximate annual plus excellent State of CT medical insurance, retirement, and related fringe benefits. 

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous leave policies; several retirement plans; and many choices for comprehensive health insurance. You also have access to many additional benefits to save for retirement, protect your family & more with supplemental benefits. Tuition reimbursement may apply if applicable. 

Application Instructions:

To apply you must submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter may be entered as text in the corresponding box, or it can be uploaded as a combined file with the resume.  

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered and links to other sources to view resumes are not acceptable.

For more information or to apply via our website at www.ct.edu/hr/jobs

Selection Procedure:

Following the closing date, application materials will be evaluated by a selection committee. Candidates selected for further consideration will be limited to those applicants who are best qualified based on the minimum and preferred qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement. Candidates who have been selected and approved to interview will be contacted, and finalists will be recommended for further consideration by the Hiring Manager for final selection and recommendation for employment. The selection process may also include practical exercises (i.e., teaching demonstration and/or other written, technical, manipulative, or simulation exercises) to evaluate candidates' qualifications.

Background Screening:

All employment, if offered, is contingent upon proof of citizenship or employability under the requirement of the Immigration and Control Act (IRCA) and the successful passing of a background check, including granting permission to contact current and previous employers for verification. CSCU is committed to providing a safe campus community. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check and, when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination

CSCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, PhD, MSW, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, ([email protected]).

CSCC IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER, M/F

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