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Communication & Marketing Specialist

Apply now Department: 3670050010 Dean of Graduate School
Job no: 517169
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Communications / Public Relations / Marketing
Pay Grade: 08A

About This Role:

The Graduate School is seeking a full-time communications and marketing specialist. The communications and marketing specialist provides support to all aspects of Graduate School operations.


•Develop and maintain communication strategies for the Graduate School

•Produce and distribute the Graduate School e-newsletter and other written communications with from the Graduate School to university constituents

•Coordinate and manage all digital (e.g., email, web, social media), and print communications and marketing for the Graduate School

•Maintain and develop new components for the Graduate School website

•Provide support to the Dean with developing communication with alumni and to support fundraising

•Collaborate with other units in the Graduate School to support student success, recruitment, admission, and retention

•Coordinate with Graduate School administrative team, KSU Division of Communications and Marketing, and graduate program directors to increase use of social media/web in department/KSU recruitment activities

•In coordination with academic units’ communication strategies, develop and implement marketing strategies that are aligned with the KSU Division of Communications and Marketing practices

•Provide communications and marketing support to the Graduate Student Council

Why Join Us:

The Graduate School provides strategic leadership and vision to advance graduate education in directions consistent with university goals and priorities and the evolving role of graduate education in the 21st century. It formulates and implements a comprehensive and visionary strategy for graduate education that engages prospective and current graduate students from Kansas, alumni, and community partners. It works collaboratively with all graduate academic units and other K-State partners to grow and develop innovative graduate programs and world class graduate education at K-State. In its pursuit of excellence, the Graduate School promotes diversity among students and faculty; programs that serve the needs of individuals, families, and society; and research that confronts some of the world’s most pressing problems.

The Graduate School is a partner in the university's goals to make K-State a national leader as a next-generation land-grant university.

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.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • This position may use an educational equivalency as determined relevant by a hiring manager.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with preference in area of marketing, communications, professional writing, or related fields
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Web editing experience
  • Two years’ experience providing direction necessary to implement the objectives of an agency, program, or organizational unit.
  • Ability to work independently and to work collaboratively with diverse groups and individuals.
  • Experience using social media programs.
  • Strong knowledge of communication and marketing design principles
  • Experience with design software such as the Adobe Creative Suite and Canva
  • Administrative experience in a university and with graduate education.
  • Project management experience
  • Proactive and ability to anticipate needs of the organization.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to think strategically and innovatively. 

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. A statement of interest summarizing qualifications for the position based on the advertisement.
  2. Resume
  3. A communication or marketing piece that provides the search committee with a sample of skills and abilities, and a brief description of the purpose of the piece, your responsibilities and contributions, and the impact or outcome of this work.
  4. Contact information for three professional references (title, mailing address, telephone, and email)

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins on April 29th and will continue until position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$20.30 - $25.37 Hourly

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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