Media Communications Specialist (7462U) - CDSS

San Francisco
Apr 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Media Communications Specialist (7462U) - CDSS About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

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We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 4/15/21

Departmental Overview

The Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS) is a dynamic, innovative new structure at UC Berkeley that represents a once-in-a-generation transformation. The Division brings together faculty, researchers, and students from computing, statistics, the humanities, and social and natural sciences, mirroring the cross-cutting nature of data science and redefining the research university for the digital age. Core to the Division is a commitment to examining how the digital revolution affects equity and opportunity—and building the capacity to respond to these challenges. CDSS connects the Data Science Undergraduate Studies, School of Information, Departments of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and Statistics, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, D-Lab, Center for Computational Biology, and the Data Science Commons. The Division is responsible for growing Berkeley's broad-based data science education program, including classes and programs serving thousands of undergraduate students a year.

CDSS seeks a motivated, collaborative, and creative communications professional to help tell our story and extend our reach to a diverse set of audiences. Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer, the Communications Specialist will work independently to create and curate content that aligns with the Division's communication strategies and targets key audiences, including prospective and current undergraduate and graduate students, donors, alumni, faculty, and external partners.

The incumbent provides analysis and information on complex results or activities, searches out and writes stories, conducts interviews, sets up press conferences, and arranges for photography, video, or graphics to accompany news releases. Work is of moderate complexity / difficulty and may include planning and implementing limited media campaigns.

CDSS is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. CDSS is interested in candidates whose previous experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion.


20% Advises and works with CDSS leadership regarding all aspects of communications, including media outreach, internal communications, presentations, event, web, and digital media.

20% In consultation with CDSS leadership, creates, develops, and implements long- and short-term strategic communications plans.

10% Builds and maintains good working relationships at all organizational levels and with internal partners, media representatives, and industry partners. Works closely with divisional consultants, communications teams from affiliated units, and a growing CDSS communications team.

10% Develops and executes strategic media outreach plans; drafts press releases, manages requests for information and public announcements.

10% Under minimal supervision, manages and executes comprehensive communication programs and projects, including written, visual, and digital communications. Responsible for managing the biweekly newsletter, CDSS Connection.

10% Creates, develops, edits, proofreads, and maintains written and visual assets, including press releases, branding materials, graphics, newsletters, and other electronic communications. Maintains a consistent look and feel throughout web properties, social media, blog, design, and collateral materials.

10% Ensures production of high-quality products that effectively deliver the desired message within budget and time constraints.

10% May supervise staff and student team.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge of the concepts and principles of media communications and media relations.
  • Experience using communications tools such as Open Berkeley/Drupal CMS, Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator), Constant Contact, Microsoft Office, and Google suite.
  • Experience effectively communicating across a variety of news and media platforms.
  • Thorough written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills, including a strong sense of a good story and understanding of the topics that may be of interest to various publics and will incorporate key location messages.
  • Good judgment, political acumen, and thorough organizational skills.
  • Skill to maintain confidentiality.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications

**Knowledge of CDSS and Berkeley.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

*Salary commensurate with experience.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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