Public Information Specialist

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Work type: Administrative Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Business Services, Administrative/Office Support, Other

Position Title: Public Information Specialist
Job Description: The Public Information Specialist works as part of the Communications and Marketing team. This position focuses on promoting Colorado School of Mines to external audiences and the media as well as providing information and communications support to internal stakeholders. This position has a key role in supporting emergency communications. This is a varied role in a fast-paced environment.

Internal Communications: Write and edit submissions for the Daily Blast email and website for faculty, staff and students. Provide guidance on best practices for event submissions. Create graphics and edit photos for use in event promotion. Monitor and update university calendar and select featured events. Support the creation and maintenance of Self-Service Library.

External Communications: Update the Mines Newsroom and other websites. Write news stories and announcements. Maintain media contact list and pitch stories to the news media as appropriate. Respond to media inquiries and connect faculty with reporters. Build and maintain a Mines Experts website.  Select photos to promote stories online and in print. Provide back-up on social media communications. May monitor and mentor student workers.

Emergency Communications: Serve as part of campus wide communications team. Prepare draft emergency messages. Provide messaging support as needed during closures and emergencies. Send messages through the Mines Alert System as needed. Update the Mines home page and social media accounts in an emergency. Build and maintain the Emergency Information website.

Administrative and Project Support:  Maintain office supplies, solicit quotes from vendors and independent contractors, pay invoices and maintain and monitor project due dates in project management system.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations, communications or related field
  • Professional experience in emergency communications, media relations and online writing and editing
  • Excellent proofreading skills and accuracy and attention to detail
  • Proficient computer skills, including desktop publishing and website maintenance and applications, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud applications
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and their uses in organizational communications
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with sensitivity to confidentiality
Preferred Qualifications: Higher education experience and/or experience communicating about STEM-related content
Department Description: Together with communicators across campus, the Office of Communications and Marketing promotes the academic, research and outreach activities at Colorado School of Mines via publications, videos, websites, social media and other communication channels.
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required).
Compensation: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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