Alumni Communications Specialist

The California State University

San Luis Obispo

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Date Posted:
January 27, 2023

Closing Date:
Open until filled

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Job Summary

The Alumni Communications Specialist is responsible for promoting and maintaining the Cal Poly Alumni brand and corresponding assets including the alumni website, social media channels, print and digital communications. This fast-paced role works closely with the office of Alumni Engagement staff and volunteers to engage and serve alumni through effective communication that fosters a lifelong connection between alumni and Cal Poly.   

Department Summary

External Communications and Annual Giving is a growing department serving as a resource for campus partners in the creation and implementation of communications and marketing strategies designed to strengthen the connection between the university and our alumni, parents and community partners. This team works efficiently and effectively, to communicate across a wide range of audiences and channels in support of Cal Poly’s mission and brand and the strategies and goals of the division of University Development and Alumni Engagement.

Key Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and train staff, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments that fosters a cooperative work environment, motivates staff to produce quality materials within tight timeframes and simultaneously manage several projects.
  • Ability to interpret and apply knowledge, anticipate issues and assess the impact of proposed solutions on various areas. Independently make decisions, recommendations, and commitments in completing projects, with full accountability for results.
  • Ability to create new policies using best practices, research and expertise with the ability to thrive in an environment of change.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in the effective use of data to drive decision-making and priority setting, and the use of such data to implement programs.

Education and Experience

  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university and five years of progressively responsible experience in marketing and public relations, or a related field.  A graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.  Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain by date of hire.

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range: $68,000 – $88,000 per year

Classification Range: $52,692 – $93,340 per year

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit .

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.
Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to [email protected] .

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

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.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

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