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Comm & Mrktg Specialist

Apply now Department: 3670010055 Communication and Ag Education
Job no: 514853
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Agriculture, Communications / Public Relations / Marketing
Pay Grade: 08A

About This Role:

The Department of Communications and Agricultural Education, is looking for a creative and driven Communications and Marketing Specialist to develop, implement, and analyze strategic communications for the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education. The primary focus for this position is the promotion of academic program opportunities and professional communication services for the university, College of Agriculture, and K-State Research and Extension.


  • Strategic communication development, management and implementation: Develop, plan, and execute multi-faceted strategic communication initiatives/campaigns for the purpose of recruiting/retaining students and the promotion of departmental academic programs.
  • Write and edit copy for news releases, newsletters, social media posts, website, and marketing/promotional pieces to announce and highlight department faculty, staff and student accomplishments, awards, research, recognition, and innovation.
  • Web/Online presence: Edit, create, and update content on department web pages following university branding and web site guidelines using a content management system. Establish and implement a web strategy for customer engagement and access to department functions and services.
  • Social media and public relations: Manage and monitor department-affiliated social media channels. Create campaign content for multi-channel digital efforts on the web and through social media. Identify metrics; measure and report campaign impacts, reach.
  • Graphic design: Create and incorporate graphic design and layout elements for multi-media efforts on the web, social media, brochures, magazines, posters, related material and digital platforms.
  • Photography and videography: Shoot and edit promotional video for websites, emails and social media. Photograph students, faculty, and staff for recruitment materials, websites, news releases, and social media.

Why Join Us:

We are a unique Department that has the opportunity to work alongside remarkable researchers, teachers, students, and a dynamic extension team. K-State Communications and Agricultural Education employs professional communicators responsible for diverse communication support for the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension in all 105 Kansas counties.

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.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree. An educational equivalency may be used as determined relevant by the hiring manager.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in communications, public relations, or related field.
  • One year experience developing or managing strategic and/or promotional multi-media campaigns.
  • Experience with or mastery of Adobe Creative Suite, social media scheduling software, Microsoft 365.
  • Graphic design experience.
  • Flexible and adaptable - operate effectively when things are not certain or clear; adapt approach to match shifting demands; actively learn using both successes and failures.
  • Initiative – actively pursue and develop opportunities; secure and deploy resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Service/mission oriented – advance the organization’s goals while delivering customer-centric solutions using digital and technology applications.
  • Prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously using effective and efficient processes to meet commitments.

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. Letter of interest
  2. Resume
  3. Name, email and phone number of three professional references

Potential/recent grads need to hold their degree before June 2023.  For additional questions, please contact Jami Clark, HR Analyst,

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by March 26, 2023.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$41,000 - $55,000/annually

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

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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