Communications Specialist

Montana State University News Service

Bozeman, Montana

Date Posted November 01, 2021
Industry Public Relations
Specialty Agriculture/Farm
Job Status Full-time
Salary Minimum $18.30 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.


University Communications’ mission is to enhance Montana State University’s public image, increase the public’s awareness of the university’s accomplishments and develop consistent communications that build MSU’s reputation. University Communications provides a wide range of services through its operational units: MontanaPBS, the MSU News Service, MSU Creative Services, MSU Web and Digital Communications, University Marketing and University Printing. Its staff includes writers, editors, graphic designers, photographers, video producers, publications specialists, marketing and licensing specialists, social media strategists, web developers and printers.

Under the supervision of the director of the MSU News Service, this position will function as a writer, editor, Web manager and general communications specialist responsible for creating content to be used for media releases, marketing materials, online and other purposes, as well as providing general communications support in their areas of responsibility.

The position will assist with other projects and duties as delegated and help with emergency communications as needed.

The person in this position will be assigned to chiefly cover the MSU College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, though assignments and duties may vary.

Duties and Responsibilities     

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills     

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills     

The Successful Candidate Will     

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information     

Three writing samples of published work are required. Samples can include, but are not limited to, copy that appeared in marketing materials, on a website, as a press release or as a newspaper or magazine article. At least one of the samples must be 400 words or longer. Applicants are encouraged to submit a variety of work demonstrating their ability to write in different formats, such as press releases, Web content, news stories and marketing copy. Do not submit theses, scholarly publications, position papers, communications/marketing plans or personal blog posts.
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands     

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.