Communications Specialist

Washington State University


1281-NN_ADMINPRO – Public Relations/Communication Coordinator

Business Title:

Communications Specialist

Additional Titles:



Employee Type:

Admin. Professional

Job Family:

Administrative Professional – Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

Positions assigned to this class will be responsible for leading, supervising, developing, and executing on a comprehensive communication strategy, annual work plan, and performing public relations functions for the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM). This includes writing, editing and coordinating news releases, newsletters, magazines, annual reports, proposals, special reports, proposals, speeches, educational content, brochures, video footage, still photography, world-wide Web, and other materials. The role will include additional communications projects such as promoting and organizing symposia and developing / maintaining a database of contacts in support of the JCDREAM’s mission of collaborative academic and industrial research as well as public outreach and education.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications, marketing or other relevant field AND either two (2) years of professional experience in print OR broadcast news media, public relations, marketing including the use of electronic media or two (2) years of other relevant professional experience.

  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience or education in STEM field

  • Background in media and/or public information industries.

  • Experience working in a startup or other fast paced work environment.

  • Experience overseeing the design and production of print materials and publications.

Additional Information:


Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Department Name:

Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM)

City, State, Zip:

Everett, WA

Department Link:


Monthly Salary:

$4,869 – $7,304

In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position. Successful candidates typically begin up to mid-point of the salary range. For more information regarding Administrative Professional (AP) Compensation at Washington State University (WSU), please visit the following website: .  WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. For a more detailed summary of benefits offered by WSU for AP staff visit: . Find total compensation information here: .



This is a permanent position.

Posting Close Date:

Applicants must submit their completed application by February 10, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Background Check:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need.  A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

Required Documents:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected] .

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