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South Dakota State University
University Marketing and Communications
South Dakota
Posted: 09/28/2021
Research Communications Coordinator

The Research Communications Coordinator is responsible for managing communications and media relations associated with South Dakota State University’s research enterprise. This position works as the primary storyteller to effectively describe and promote the university’s research activities to local, regional and national audiences.

The position is a 12-month, benefit-eligible appointment.

The Research Communications Coordinator provides strategy, oversight, support and content for the university’s research communications initiatives through video and print articles, social media strategies, and general strategic communications and marketing campaigns. The successful candidate plays a critical role in coordinating and managing research communications initiatives that are aligned with the university’s most current strategic plan.

The Research Communications Coordinator will work closely with the Division of Research and Economic Development and the university’s various colleges, in addition to crossfunctional teams in University Marketing and Communications to conceptualize and execute multichannel research communications initiatives, ensuring the alignment of communications and messaging. The successful candidate will use the office’s digital and multimedia units to assist and manage digital assets and content for distribution to a range of audiences and increase the university’s visibility and brand awareness.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


Candidate needs to be able to:

  • Develop a cohesive communications and marketing strategy that aligns with university objectives. The strategy needs to establish the university’s position as a premier research institution and identify target audiences through the appropriate channels and segments.
  • Increase South Dakota’s awareness of cutting-edge research and faculty expertise through targeted campaigns.
  • Present ideas and final deliverables, strategies and budgets to internal and external teams.
  • Develop and implement methods in which to track success of campaigns.
  • Ability to shift quickly between big-picture and long-term strategic projects and smaller, quick-turn assignments.
  • Tell stories by producing unique content and video/photo footage across all platforms including digital or broadcast channels, website and social media.
  • Edit video footage, conduct interviews and create graphics to produce elements for all broadcast channels as well as archive video footage.
  • Evaluate and recommend strategies based on new and evolving technologies.


-  Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications, English, marketing, business, or related field completed by start date.

-  Minimum of three (3) years of relevant strategic/broadcast communications experience in a fast-paced professional environment.

-  Exceptional communication and organizational skills. Attention to detail and accuracy for work.

-  Ability to present the results of research, type, content and form of articles required for publication by television stations, magazines, trade journals and newspapers.

-  Must be able to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines and within established budgets.

-  Confidence to take a project from concept through final application and execution.


-  Master’s degree.

Experience interacting with students/interns.

Experience in web content development and management.

Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (including Photoshop) or other image-editing and desktop publishing software.

Experience with marketing automation and CRM tools.

Experience in covering research-related topics.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by October 26, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, a reference page with the contact information for three professional references, and a work sample attached as ‘other document’ of three print or video work samples. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco-free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact search chair, Andrea Kieckhefer { or (605) 688-4537}.

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.