Marketing Communications Specialist 4 (Visual Communications Specialist)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
University Libraries
Public Relations and Marketing
Full/Part Time:


The University Libraries’ Public Relations and Marketing office is seeking an experienced, collaborative, and forward-thinking visual communications specialist. Reporting to the manager of Public Relations and Marketing, this position helps to promote the Libraries' services, resources, and programs to internal and external audiences. Duties of the position include producing and maintaining displays of high-visibility, appealing and accessibility-friendly digital and print signage and other promotional and informative content. High proficiency in photography and digital photo processing skills also are required, to schedule, shoot and digitally process photographs of events, collections, personnel, facilities and other subjects for purposes of marketing/promotion, development and illustration. The successful candidate will demonstrate mastery in distilling and interpreting complex and abstract concepts through clean, user-centered design principles, and will be expected to work in a small team-oriented environment to implement a variety of strategic integrated marketing and communications initiatives. Progressive design sensibilities, strengths in working efficiently while exhibiting high attention to detail and good judgment in a high-volume, fast-paced environment, and dedication to quality and consultative customer service are of the highest priority. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. This position requires a self-starter who is able to work independently as well as with a team, who gathers energy from being part of an innovative and dynamic group, and who has the ability to set priorities and handle multiple projects from start to finish. Candidates will demonstrate extensive knowledge of Adobe CS Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro), Microsoft Office, especially PowerPoint, and strengths in both web-focused design and print publications. Demonstrated competency in videography is preferred but not required. Applicants are asked to upload three or more samples of photography and design work that demonstrate a range of skills and that are highly suitable for contemporary student and faculty audiences. The University Libraries is a multicultural environment that embraces respect and diversity.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088