Communications Specialist

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Job posting number: #7100227 (Ref:BSU31096)

Posted: May 17, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

In collaboration with the Dean and Associate Dean, this position will be responsible for developing and executing CSH’s community and digital engagement strategy to promote the image and reputation of the College through events and media.

The Communication Specialist will have a deep understanding of CSH audiences and investors of the College and University and develop communication strategies to engage and inform each audience.

This position will serve as the college’s liaison with relevant university divisions and is responsible for high-impact college specific engagement materials and events for a wide-range of stakeholders including faculty, students, staff, alumni, prospective students, and industry partners.

In collaboration with the Dean and Associate Dean, this position will be responsible for developing and executing CSH’s community and digital engagement strategy to promote the image and reputation of the College through events and media. The Communication Specialist will have a deep understanding of CSH audiences and investors of the College and University and develop communication strategies to engage and inform each audience. This position will serve as the college's liaison with relevant university divisions and is responsible for high-impact college specific engagement materials and events for a wide-range of stakeholders including faculty, students, staff, alumni, prospective students, and industry partners.

Job Function:

In collaboration with the Dean and Associate Dean, this position will be responsible for developing and executing CSH’s community and digital engagement strategy to promote the image and reputation of the College through events and media.

The Communication Specialist will have a deep understanding of CSH audiences and investors of the College and University and develop communication strategies to engage and inform each audience.

This position will serve as the college’s liaison with relevant university divisions and is responsible for high-impact college specific engagement materials and events for a wide-range of stakeholders including faculty, students, staff, alumni, prospective students, and industry partners.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Preferred Education:

Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, English, journalism, marketing, or relevant field. Solid understanding of project management principles. Excellent communication and presentation skills. Outstanding planning, organization and time management skills. Reputable interpersonal skills. Excellent writing skills with the ability to understand and connect with intended audiences.

Minimum Experience:

One year of communications, marketing, public relations, event planning or related experience .

Preferred Experience:

Three years or more of communications, marketing, public relations, event planning or related experience with communication coordination; project management experience; familiarity with Ball State University, digital literacy; prior work experience in an academic environment. Ability to work independently or as part of or in charge of a team. Ability to multitask and prioritize multiple requests and projects, effectively meeting deadlines.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop content, strategy, and messaging across multimedia and event channels to engage the multiple stakeholders (department chairs, faculty, staff, students, alumni, community and professional partners) of the College of Sciences and Humanities.
  • Acquire, produce and distribute multimedia content (digital and print) that communicate the experiences, successes and impact of the college by conducting interviews, writing narratives, designing graphics and promoting events.
  • Manage and maintain a digital presence for the college including social media accounts, the college website and blog, and e-newsletters. Develop a media content calendar that strategically promotes brand awareness, college and department accomplishments, and events.
  • Gather information on, and be familiar with, the success, events, and academic accomplishments of faculty, student or alumni achievements from college departments and appropriately share this information with the administrative units.
  • Design college print and digital materials to promote the college to students, alumni and donors (e.g., brochures, postcards, display boards, etc.), including activities related to student recruitment and retention.
  • Coordinate with college and university administration to engage with the community and alumni by way of outreach efforts, promotional days, crowd funding initiatives and some specialized college events (e.g., Ball State Day at the State House, One Ball State Day, Killey Lecture, Fall Faculty Opening Day, conference booths, and exhibits).
  • Collaborate with college departments in strategically planning and implementing internal and external communications by reviewing, evaluating and analyzing current marketing plans and offering recommendations for marketing solutions.
  • Provide support to college staff and faculty in the use of university-approved communication platforms.
  • Identify and develop potential opportunities at college, university and community events through networking.
  • Assign and review work, orient and train staff, and make recommendations in all areas related to supervision, including but not limited to interviewing and selection, compensation, discipline, performance appraisal, and training and career development of personnel.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Serve as a college liaison and initial point of contact to the Marketing and Communications team. As an effective partner in communications, collaborate with M&C team and the Associate Dean in charge of communications to define the college brand, ensure materials reflect the college and university branding and assist with any specialized projects as needed (e.g., Compass Advantage).


At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.


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