Communications Specialist

BGSU Office of Human Resources   Bowling Green, OH   Part-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on December 21, 2021
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Position Summary

The Communications Specialist will be responsible for working with a team (Chair and Research Center Directors) to develop and then implement a dissemination plan to meet the strategic goals of the Sociology Department and the associated Research Centers (e.g., the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) and the Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR)). Both NCFMR and CFDR are high-profile research centers on campus with strong national and international reputations. The individual will take primary responsibility for the web and social media content and maintain the web pages of Sociology and Research Centers. The individual will also be responsible for electronic newsletters for the Department and Research Centers, assist in editing analytic reports and reaching broad audiences, and event publicity. He/she will work closely with the other staff to monitor, edit, and add content to the web pages. The Communications Specialist also will work on layout and design for research briefs. The individual in this position must possess the ability to manage a multitude of projects simultaneously and implement communication strategies for a variety of purposes and audiences (academic, students, public).


Essential Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Communications Management: Work with the Department Chair and Research Center Directors as well as faculty and staff to help develop an annual strategic plan and implement the plan.
  • Social Media: Maintain social media presence for Sociology and affiliated Research Centers to disseminate research activities and findings; announce events and share resources; work with Chair and Center Directors regarding methods of distribution and audience identification to ensure visibility to funders and the broader scientific community.
  • Web Page: Create, develop, and maintain web- and server-based material on Sociology and Center websites, working closely with Sociology Chair and Center Directors; create, maintain, and post site content in Content Management System (CMS) and HTML; design rotating banners; develop new pages and create pages designed by staff, ensuring content fits into scheme of site as a whole; ensure Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and accessibility. Work with University Marketing and Brand Strategy (MBS) to adhere to standards.
  • Research Centers Products: Proofread, edit, format, and maintain materials for the Research Centers, such as NCFMR’s Family Profiles and CFDR’s Ohio Population News, including obtaining Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), working closely with staff members on text and page design; assist in report writing such as quarterly and annual reports and the annual plan of work.
  • Newsletters: Create, write, and distribute a monthly electronic newsletter and periodic event announcements for Sociology’s alumni network and the national audience of the Research Centers using Constant Contact, working with Directors and staff to research content, write text, and design consistent layout.
  • Provide grant support in the form of proofreading, copyediting, and formatting for the affiliates of the Research Centers to ensure readability and clarity.
  • Copyedit and standardize material prepared by Sociology and Research Centers’ faculty, staff, and students; design and format data resources such as conference presentation and posters, using Adobe InDesign, PhotoShop, and Acrobat and MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; ensure ADA compliance and accessibility.
  • Design multimedia for Sociology and Research Centers’ events.

Knowledge, Skills or Abilities

Knowledge: structure and content of English language, including rules of composition, grammar, etc.; graphic design, page layout, and multimedia software, including Adobe InDesign, PhotoShop, and Acrobat and MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; HTML and Content Management System; information dissemination techniques via Constant Contact and social media; familiarity with ADA accessibility and compliance for websites.


Skills: reading comprehension with respect to social science academic manuscripts; effective written and oral communication; active learning skills to understand a range of social science and demographic concepts; experience maintaining an HTML website


Abilities: ability to think analytically and to express academic/scientific information and ideas into easily understandable writing; perform copyediting; design layouts for research briefs, data resources, conference posters, brochures, and reports; draft data documentation and user guides




Diversity Statement

In addition to your cover letter and resume, you will be required to upload a written response to the diversity and inclusion question listed below.  The Diversity Statement should not exceed 1 page that is double-spaced with 1-inch margins, using 12pt. font. 

  • How do you engage with equity, diversity, and/or inclusion in the work setting?



Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing, English, Communications, Social Sciences (e.g., sociology, psychology) or related degree. Degree must be conferred at the time of application.

The following experience is required:

  • 1 year of HTML or website experience;
  • 1 year of social media marketing and branding

Preferred Experience:

  • 2 years of technical writing;
  • 2 years of copyediting;
  • 2 years of layout and design;


Part-time, Administrative staff position available. Administrative Grade Level 354. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.  




To Apply

For a complete job description & to apply for this position visit or contact the Office of Human Resources at (419) 372-8421. BGSU. AA/EEO/Disabilities/Veterans. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421.


BGSU Office of Human Resources

1851 N. Research Drive
Bowling Green , OH