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The University of Mississippi
Posted: 06/6/2022
Communications Specialist
Definition of Class
This position participates in the implementation of communication efforts to raise public awareness of, understanding of, and
appreciation for The University of Mississippi and/or departmental interests. The incumbent contributes to the production
and dissemination of information to internal and external audiences.

Examples of Work Performed
Works in collaboration with others to establish the needs, schedule, and deadlines for communication projects.
Assists in the timely, accurate, and effective production and dissemination of printed and electronic information to internal
and external audiences.

Develops original news and feature stories to generate support for the University and/or departmental interests.
Develops text for a wide range of publications, advertising copy, news releases, brochures, capital campaign
communications, and/or other presentations.

Produces specialized editorial content for major gift announcements, special projects, and publications, and web sites.
Coordinates additional editorial content (photo, video, graphics, etc.) to support written stories.

Applies strategic communications approaches to achieve respective individual and departmental goals.
Works to identify new, innovative storytelling platforms that can help share the University’s story to broader

Builds partnerships with other schools, colleges and departments across campus to effectively tell those stories to
internal and external audiences.

Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.
Essential Functions
These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and
included by the hiring department.

1. Participates in the implementation of a full-service communications program.
2. Contributes to the production and dissemination of information and materials to internal and external audiences.
3. Interfaces with administrators, faculty, and staff to generate positive attention.Job Class: 139706
Rev: 08/18
Page: 2

Minimum Qualifications
These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon
a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does
not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related
education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute
related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to The University of Mississippi's Department
of Human Resources in writing, identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidate's ability
to perform all essential functions of the position.

Physical Requirements: These physical requirements are not exhaustive, and additional job related physical requirements
may be added to these by individual agencies on an as needed basis. Corrective devices may be used to meet physical

Physical Exertion: No physical demand requirements.
Vision: Requirements of this job include close vision and color vision.
Speaking/Hearing: Ability to give and receive information through speaking and listening.
Motor Coordination: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is frequently required to sit and use
hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls. The incumbent is periodically required to talk and hear.

Experience/Educational Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Journalism, Communications, English or a
related field.

Three (3) years of experience related to the above described duties.
Substitution Statement: Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by
the Department of Human Resources.

Interview Requirements
Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Human Resources in writing of any reasonable
accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Rev. 08/13/18
The University of Mississippi is an EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Title VI/Title VII/Title
IX/504/ADA/ADEA employer. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not
unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information. The University of Mississippi is an “at will” employer. This
job description does not constitute an employment contract or negate “at will” employment.