6417 Media Relations Officer (Public Affairs/Communication Specialist II), Marketing and Comm.

San Diego, California
CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,515 - $5,818 per month
Sep 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution



San Diego State University is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of historically underrepresented groups.

Initial review of applications will begin on September 20, 2017. To receive full consideration, apply by September 19, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.  The online application should be completed in detail. Completion of the online application is required for consideration; a resume alone will not suffice. 

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Position Information


This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, temporary position anticipated to end on or before 06/30/2018, with the possibility of reappointment and/or permanency. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

The Media Relations Officer provides assistance in carrying out the initiatives and activities of the department.  Scope of work includes but is not limited to preparing, researching, writing and editing material for the media, campus community and the external community (e.g. donors, stakeholders, etc.)

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Compensation and Benefits


Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $3,750 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,515 - $5,818 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources. 

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here




Minimum Qualifications 

Knowledge of the fundamentals of public affairs and/or media relations, and/or some exposure to marketing and marketing research. This background normally is obtained through a college degree, which includes relevant coursework in the field, and up to two years of related professional or technical experience. In addition, strong written and verbal communication skills with a solid foundation in grammar, spelling, and the composition of various communication vehicles are essential to initial entry to this classification.

Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills

  • Familiarity with the news media
  • Ability to gather and analyze data and present information
  • Excellent verbal/writing skills
  • Basic Web posting and editing skills
  • Team-oriented, highly professional with courteous demeanor
  • Demonstrated understanding of AP style. 
  • Ability and availability to attend events or perform duties outside of normal work hours (may include weekends).
  • Ability to travel and attend off-campus appointments and events.
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field and a minimum of two years of work experience in public relations or journalism.
  • Established media contacts – including national media. 
  • Familiarity with SDSU. 
  • Experience producing video for use on the Internet. 
  • Experience writing for the Web and magazine features. 
  • Experience with web-based content management system, and Photoshop.


Application Procedures


To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button. If you need assistance completing your application, please click here.

Applicants with disabilities requiring assistance may call (619) 594-7099.

General Information

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.