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Website & Digital Communications Specialist

Apply now Department: 3670010110 Plant Pathology
Job no: 516447
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Communications / Public Relations / Marketing, Graphic Design / Printing / Publishing
Pay Grade: 08A

About This Role:

The Communications and Marketing Specialist is primarily responsible for supporting marketing and communications for the Departments of Agronomy, Horticulture & Natural Resources, and Plant Pathology. These initiatives include, but are not limited to: keeping department websites updated and organized, leading departmental social media strategies and implementation, supporting the development and dissemination of digital and print department newsletters and recruitment materials, and supporting internal and external news releases.

Duties include:

  • Develop marketing materials, newsletters, and social media content for the Departments of Agronomy, Horticulture & Natural Resources, and Plant Pathology, all located within the Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center building on the main KSU campus. 
  • Maintain and update departmental websites by maintaining the news section of the websites, finalizing news announcements and articles for the departmental websites, and updating other sections of the website as needed to support key initiatives.
  • Collaborate with departments to support communication efforts associated with recruitment and retention for our educational programs
  • Create designs, concepts and layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.  Maintain a strong knowledge of print, web, social media and HTML email design principles and keep up with current design trends and technology.  
  • Provide design support and graphics for any materials needed for department activities, events and special projects as directed by the Department Heads.
  • Liaise and collaborate with university, college, Foundation, professional societies, and/or Alumni administrative and communication staff to ensure communications align with strategic goals of department, college and university and reach diverse audiences.  
  • Maintain an understanding of target audience(s), market, distribution methods, and trends. 

Why Join Us:

We are an innovative and growing interdepartmental environment. Everyone is encouraged to think beyond what has always been and be an active part of charting the path for our future.

Kansas State University is located in a dynamic college community in the scenic tallgrass prairies of the Flint Hills region of northeastern Kansas. Manhattan, KS is 125 miles west of Kansas City and 50 miles west of Topeka. For more information on Manhattan, check out the local Convention & Visitors Bureau website at

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on flexible work arrangements.  

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in a related field (ex. Graphic design, art, journalism, advertising, marketing, hospitality management) or a minimum of 4 years of work experience as determined relevant by a hiring manager.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-5 years of graphic design or communications experience
  • Knowledge or experience using Adobe Creative Suite — primarily Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator or equivalent programs or tools.  
  • Knowledge of UI/UX (user experience/user interface) design and web best practices.  
  • Knowledge of social media platforms and best practices — mainly Facebook, Instagram, Twitter/X, and LinkedIn.  
  • Knowledge of Associated Press style guide and a willingness to maintain knowledge of university style guides.
  • Graphic design knowledge or experience.  
  • The ability to communicate through use of various forms of digital media such as social media, web posts, online marketing and branding.  
  • Ability to effectively communicate through writing.  
  • Ability to use innovation and creativity in marketing, branding or program concepts.  
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, and critical thinking for collaborating with university, industry and community partners.  
  • High degree of motivation, independence, flexibility to multi-task, reliability, responsiveness, attention to detail, and willingness to collaborate.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, provide regular updates to department leadership, and deliver quality work under varied time constraints.   
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Contact information for at least 3 professional references.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by January 08, 2024.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$42,000-$52,000 ($20.19 - $25.00 per hour)

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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