Communications Specialist

Dahlonega, GA
Apr 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Communications Specialist

Position Number: 53056859

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Campus Location: Dahlonega

General Summary: The University of North Georgia is currently accepting applications for a Communications Specialist. Through writing, public relations and marketing responsibilities related to the university's strategic initiatives and university programs and activities, the communications specialist supports the advancement of the University of North Georgia as a leading regional university. This position requires interaction with a wide variety of constituents in the campus community, research related to media opportunities and frequent outreach to media contacts. Excellent writing and communication skills are essential to this position.

Located in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia is a multi-campus university with an enrollment of over 18,000 students, making it one of the largest institutions in the University System of Georgia. UNG is focused on a mission of educational excellence, leadership development and community engagement opportunities that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. Through a variety of educational pathways that provide access and range from certificates and associate degrees to a professional doctoral program, UNG is responsive to regional education and economic development needs. Federally designated as a senior military college, one of the university's signature leadership programs is its 800-member Corps of Cadets on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.

Job Duties & Responsibilities: The Communications Specialist will:
  • Interact with campus contacts regarding potential stories, attending university meetings and events.
  • Research of external media opportunities and communications planning; outreach/pitching to media contacts; coordination of media visits on campus.
  • Write for campus publications, external media outlets, and other communications projects as needed.
  • Occasional photography to accompany stories.
  • Coordinate with other members of University Relations staff to extend and integrate content/information through all appropriate communications channels (web, digital signage, social media, publications, etc.) and posting news through these vehicles as needed.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Must have knowledge of Associated Press style for writing; above average computer skills - primarily with Microsoft word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Social media knowledge
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work in a professional, team-oriented environment
  • Photo editing skills a plus
  • Occasional need to attend events after normal business hours and on weekends
  • Ability to respond, in the event of an emergency or crisis, to support essential communications needs

Certifications/Licenses & Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Journalism, Communications, English or related discipline is required.
  • Two (2) years of experience in communications or public relations, preferably in a higher education setting

Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial Transcripts

Special Instructions to Applicants: Please submit contact information for three professional references.

Employer Information: All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, as determined by the University of North Georgia in its sole discretion. The University of North Georgia, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex or national origin, age, disability, religion, genetics or veteran status. Georgia is an open records state. Also, UNG is a federal contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans.

We provide equal employment opportunities to minorities, females, protected veterans, and disabled individuals, as well as other protected groups.

The University of North Georgia is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified applicants without discrimination at the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability or handicap as a matter of college policy and as required by applicable state and federal laws.


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