Communications Prof I - Kennesaw Campus - Sturgis Library

This entry-level position drafts various articles, news releases, media pitches, ad copy, marketing copy, speeches, statements, letters, memos, reports, and other forms of communication aimed at garnering media coverage of events, programs and activities at KSU as needed or as assigned by the supervisor. The Communication Professional I represents the university (or a department or a college) at campus events and activities. The position also responds to public and media requests for information, or guides the public and media to the appropriate spokesperson or representative, and maintains a database of media contacts. The work of this position is monitored by the supervisor for content and quality.

Under the general supervision of the Director of the Graduate Library and direct supervision of the Communications Professional III, the Communications Professional I is responsible for supporting the day to day activities of the KSU Library System's Digital Commons. This new position serves in a support role for the management and production of scholarly content in the Digital Commons. Some of the general responsibilities include: working with various colleges to manage dissertations and theses for online publication; consulting with faculty and setting up new Selected Works pages, in collaboration with the Digital Commons Graduate Research Assistant; marketing and promoting services and content by creating press releases, calls for papers, and social media posts. This position requires a Monday-Friday forty hour per week, but the must be willing to work on occasional nights or weekends. While the position is based at the Kennesaw campus, the employee must be willing to work at either campus.

Please provide three professional references with your application.

Major Functions (90%)
• Participate in the daily management of the Digital Commons, including adding new content and editing existing content as needed.
• Support established Digital Commons guidelines, including submission rules and the development of new communities, and create new guidelines as required.
• In collaboration with the Scholarly Communications Librarian, research, recommend, implement, and maintain strategies with respect to scholarly publishing.
• Create and disseminate monthly and annual unit-specific statistical reports.
• Administer the policies and procedures of the journals, including deadlines and ~~style guides.
• Update journal documentation to facilitate inclusion in Open Access databases and website.
• Maintain and create new Selected Works pages for KSU faculty.
• Update and further populate the Faculty Publications collection.
• Identify potential audiences and meetings for new or established journal promotion, and prepare support materials for these meetings.
• Handle email inquiries from the public, the press, contributors, and reviewers as required.
• Work collaboratively with journal editors to develop journals' long term strategic plans.
• Collaborate with library staff to develop, design, and maintain promotional materials.
• Develop and maintain relevant social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) that would link to the journals in the Digital Commons.
• Serve as library coordinator for the Undergraduate Research Award.

Support Functions (10%)
• Serve on library and other university committees including the library's marketing and display committees
• Assist with occasional special events
• Attend library meetings and training sessions
• Perform other duties as assigned

Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree and 1 year experience with proven writing ability and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, preferably a degree in communication or journalism or similar discipline
2. Proficiency with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
3. Excellent communication skills, with particular emphasis on written and presentation skills
4. Ability to interact effectively with internal and external editors, contributors, and reviewers.
5. Beginner's proficiency with Adobe Suite of products and basic video editing software such as Final Cut Pro

Desired Qualifications:

1. Knowledge / work experience with standard academic library principles, procedures, materials, services, and practices.
2. Familiarity with open access publishing platforms like Berkeley Electronic Press
3. Logistical experience in terms of editorial management as well as event management
4. Experience with manuscript submissions and tracking systems and electronic publishing processes
5. Advanced capacity for multitasking, managing multiple projects and deadlines.
6. Ability to maintain professional integrity, privacy, and discretion in sensitive matters with authors, peer reviewers, and interdisciplinary units.