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Marketing and Communications Specialist

Kennesaw State University
Job Location:
Kennesaw, Georgia
Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs
Marketing and Communications Specialist

Job ID: 234558
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Job Summary
Coordinates and implements marketing and communication projects that support the assigned department and/or college's goals to help shape effective marketing and communications strategies. Organizes public image campaigns and special events that are engaging and contain interactive social media content strategy that enhances the College reputation. Responsible for creating brand awareness through advertising and social media for the College. Works collaboratively with college partners to achieve project objectives, milestones and deliverables, and campaign effectiveness reporting.

1. Reporting to the Communications Manager in the Office of Research, works collaboratively in the development and execution of public relations, marketing, and digital media messaging to increase brand awareness of services, resources, events, programs, and activities of the following Office of Research entities: the Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement and current and future university-level research centers and institutes, including the KSU Field Station, the A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research, Research Computing, the Center for Innovation in STEM Education Research, and the Social Science Research Space

2. Proactively identifies and develops story ideas focused on the above-named entities that demonstrate purpose and benefit to users such as scope of research/scholarship performed, student and faculty successes, community outreach efforts, etc.

3. Responsible for writing for a variety of media, both print and electronic, including feature stories for The Investigator Research Magazine, press releases, stories for the Office of Research websites, social media posts, marketing copy, and other projects as assigned

4. Provides Communications Manager timely updates on the progression of day-to-day project activities and production processes, including unexpected delays and challenges, adjusting strategies as needed in support of the Office of Research's overall goals and objectives

5. Update content on related websites

6. Provides recommendations to assist in the strategic planning and management of the research communications fiscal budget, including the usage of internal and external resources available

7. Produces multimedia content, including audio and video creation and editing as needed to optimize research-related programming, events, and activities, ensuring 100% accuracy, consistency in brand, style, and tone

8. In partnership with the Communications Manager, coordinates and collaborates on research news with other institutional level communications professionals

9. Performs other communications and marketing tasks that support the vision and mission of the Office of Research

Required Qualifications
Educational Requirements
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in marketing, business administration or related field

Required Experience
Two (2) years of marketing, communications or public relations work experience with a focus on account management and digital campaign management

Preferred Qualifications
Additional Preferred Qualifications
Google Analytics certified
SEO BrightEdge or other SEO certification

Preferred Experience
Previous experience in higher education preferred
Extensive experience with various computer software

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Comfortable interacting at all levels of the organization and be willing to develop strong and positive relationships with staff and colleagues
Able to produce creative and effective marketing communications materials
Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one-time meeting assigned deadlines

Knowledge of communication, sales and broad understanding of marketing principles
Knowledge of branding standards and University policies and guidelines used to develop marketing and advertising materials

Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem-solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management, and presentation skills
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e. Microsoft Office suite, Adobe suite including Photoshop, etc.)
Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and email etiquette

  • Demonstrated excellence in writing, editing, interviewing and proofreading for a variety of audiences with the ability to learn quickly how to translate complex, often scientific content for broader audiences
  • Knowledge and proficiency in editorial style (especially Associated Press Style) and broad understanding of public relations principles and techniques
  • Bachelor's degree in writing-intensive related field such as public relations, communications, or journalism is highly desired
  • Ability to work in a high energy environment under pressure
  • Ability to work as a member of a creative team
  • Experience developing and/or editing a variety of content types including audio, video, written, and photographic media
  • Experience in editorial and digital media content creation, including basic graphic design and layout

    Equal Employment Opportunity
    Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin race religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

    Other Information
    This is not a supervisory position.
    This is not a supervisory position.
    This position does not have any financial responsibilities.
    This position does not have any financial responsibilities.
    No, this position will not be required to drive.
    No, this position will not be required to drive.
    This role is not considered a position of trust.
    This role is not considered a position of trust.
    This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
    This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time
    This position does not require security clearance.

    Background Check
    • Standard Enhanced + Education
    Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

    All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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