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Communications Consultant 1 - Public Relations

South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA

Job - Education

Close Date: 09/02/2019

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks highly motivated and qualified candidates for the position of Communications Consultant 1 to develop written content for publications such as brochures, advertisements, press releases, and emails for the Public Relations team. This position is a content contributor for the college website and social media accounts as well as internal communication efforts.

SPSCC is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds. We strongly encourage members of the underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.

We also offer:

• The Clipper Café specializing in seasonal comfort foods
• The Bake Shop offering daily baked goods made by our students
• Fine dining in the Percival Room, offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices as part of our Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs
• Campus bookstore offering snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies
• Starbucks coffee shop
• Bus service every 15 minutes to downtown Olympia and beyond – you receive a FREE State Agency Rider (STAR) Pass
• FREE parking on our campuses – permits are not required
• On-campus child care
• Percival Creek, which runs beneath our campus footbridge, provides year-round beauty and views of Chinook, Coho, and chum salmon pass through each fall
• Many walking paths (Download PDF reader) that are marked and on nicely paved sidewalks
• Gym and recreation facilities
• SPSCC promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events on campus
• Lots of activities with our Artist & Lecture series, which are FREE for staff and faculty
• Many community events in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts

What You'll Do

The Communications Consultant 1 develops written content for publications, advertisements, web, social media, and other communications platforms. This position also:

• Writes informational and promotional content for coordinated use on multiple platforms including the college website and events calendars, print publications, advertisements, radio and phone scripts, direct mail materials, text messages, and social media.
• Writes drafts for approval and distributes press releases; maintains press contact lists.
• Edits promotional copy submitted by staff and faculty from other college departments.
• Works within social media planning tools to write, post, monitor, and engage on the college's primary social media accounts.
• Writes and refreshes emails and texts to prospective and current students in the college's customer relationship management (CRM) and texting systems.
• Creates captions for newly produced videos.
• Coordinates with advertising representatives to secure space and place ads in accordance with the college's Integrated Media & Marketing Plan and purchasing procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor's degree in English, communications, journalism, humanities, public relations, or a related field OR four years of writing/editing/public relations experience.
• Demonstrated experience or participation with persons from diverse backgrounds such as sexual orientation, racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, socio-economic, physical and learning abilities, and a commitment to an inclusive and equitable working/learning environment.

Skills & Abilities:

• Social media management experience and photography skills preferred.
• Ability to adapt writing tone and voice across media, and familiar with AP writing for press releases.
• Ability to perform in a high-paced environment, work independently, ask questions, prioritize multiple tasks, work well with others, maintain office confidentiality and accommodate numerous interruptions.
• Excellent written and verbal skills and working knowledge of computers and software applications, specifically Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, and Outlook and ability to work in a Mac environment.

To Apply

Applications must be completed online and include the following attachments:

• Cover letter addressed to the Screening Committee highlighting your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in the job posting.
• Current resume/CV showing all educational and professional experience which demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications.

Top candidates will be notified directly of their invitation to interview for this position. Selection will be based on the applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties listed in this job posting as identified in the materials requested above. Applications with comments directing the reader to see attachments will be considered incomplete.

Veterans Preference
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wishing to claim Veterans Preference should redact their personally identifiable information from a copy of their United States Department of Veterans Affairs honorable discharge documentation and email to with the job number for which they are applying in the subject line.

Condition of Employment
Employment with the college is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check. Any adverse information will be considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically preclude a candidate from employment.

Bargaining Unit
This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees.

SPSCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over age 40, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. The college complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodation in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (360) 596-5500. The college is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status. SPSCC is a drug-free workplace.

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