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Sr Comm Specialist/Deputy Spokesperson - Senior Communications Manager

Company: Michigan State University
Location: East Lansing
Posted on: July 3, 2019

Job Description:

Sr Comm Specialist/Deputy Spokesperson - Senior Communications Manager Job no: 589767 Work type: Support Staff Pay Grade: 15 Major Administrative Unit / College: University Communications Department: Media And Public Information 40001077 Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience Location: East Lansing Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Administrative Professionals- AP, PR/Media/Graphics/Comm/Fund Raising, Union Working/Functional Title Sr Comm Specialist/Deputy Spokesperson Position SummaryThe Senior Communications Specialist/Deputy Spokesperson supports issues management and crisis communications activities for Michigan State University and serves as the day-to-day spokesperson for a wide variety of issues and topics. This requires continuous coordination with multiple units, individuals and activities across MSU to maintain an advanced level of situational awareness. The senior communications specialist/deputy spokesperson works with the University Spokesperson to develop communications strategy and content to address reputation-threatening issues. In crisis situations, the senior specialist/deputy spokesperson is a crucial part of the crisis response team and is a conduit for accurate and timely information to the media and public. In issues management, the specialist is responsible for identifying, analyzing and collaborating in managing complicated issues and developing strategies to ensure the right messages are communicated by the right people to the right audiences both internally and externally. Specialist responds to media inquiries involving university executives and other senior administrators; develops communications strategies to advance administrative priorities and initiatives; advises individuals and units regarding media engagement and effective messaging; provides media training and coaching to units and individuals in preparation for interviews; and develops effective background materials. Unit Specific Education/Experience/SkillsKnowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in journalism, communications, public relations, or related field that prepares the individual to communicate effectively with diverse audiences; five to eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in journalism, marketing, advertising, public relations or related field; experience leading development of communications strategy and content to address reputation-threatening issues/crisis; success serving as counsel to senior leaders/executives in difficult situations; demonstrated media relations and PR skills; proven editorial excellence; well-honed ability to quickly gather, organize and summarize critical information under deadline pressure; demonstrated ability to write simply, clearly, and persuasively; excellence in composition and editing; proven knowledge of and experience with Associate Press style, word processing, desktop publishing and Web writing; demonstrated ability to maintain calm and confidence in high-pressure, fluid situations; or an equivalent combination or education and experience. Desired QualificationsThe desired candidate will have a minimum of seven years of professional experience in communications strategy and execution in higher education, on political campaigns, or with advocacy organizations, including identifying and managing issues; understanding and grasp of current events and national conversation around emerging socio-political issues like MeToo, gun control, inclusion and equity, etc.; quickly understanding, analyzing and recommending courses of action for complex issues and effectively communicating complex ideas; demonstrated excellence in developing communication plans; strong newswriting ability; demonstrated experience using social media platforms; thorough understanding of higher education roles, functions and issues; ability to build strong working relationships and communicate effectively with members of the media; proven ability to promote messaging and stories.Required Application Materials Cover letter Resume Four references Work Hours STANDARD 8-5 Bidding eligibility ends on 7/2/2019 at 11:55 PM Advertised: Jun 26, 2019 Eastern Daylight Time Applications close: Jul 23, 2019 Eastern Daylight Time

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