Marketing Communications Specialist

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – G – Exempt
  • 03 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
Vice President for Research
Institutes of Energy and the Environment and Sustainability Institute
Full/Part Time:


Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment in conjunction with the Sustainability Institute is seeking an energetic marketing communications professional to promote research, academic, outreach, and operations activities relevant to both units and the University to both internal and external target audiences. The position will support each unit for 20 hours per week. The Institutes of Energy and the Environment’s mission is to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship, research, and collaboration to positively impact important energy and environmental challenges. The Sustainability Institute provides communications resources for every campus, college and unit at Penn State in regards to sustainability news, events and opportunities, and works to fulfill Penn State`s sustainability mission: a comprehensive integration of sustainability into the University`s research, teaching, outreach, and operations that prepares students, faculty and staff to be sustainability leaders in their professional, personal, and civic lives. The position requires strong writing skills in order to create informative and timely content, and manage information dissemination via traditional and news media for various programs, projects, and events. Information is distributed through multiple communication outlets, including websites, social media, feature articles, press releases, e-mail as well as campus-wide communications campaigns. Communication is directed toward a variety of audiences including sponsors, executive stakeholders, staff, faculty, students, and external researchers. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. The successful candidate is a self-starter who can work independently with minimal supervision but also as part of a team. Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate expertise in writing, with special consideration given to experience in journalism, marketing, editing, and related fields. Familiarity with AP style, social media platforms, Drupal (or similar content management software), Microsoft Office, e-mail marketing platforms (e.g., MailChimp, Constant Contact) and Adobe Creative Suite preferred. The position requires excellent communication skills as well as tact, persistence, integrity, and an ability to succeed under pressure. The successful candidate will also possess excellent time-management skills to handle multiple deadlines with minimal supervision. Experience in graphic design is desired but not required. Applicants should submit up to three writing samples in addition to a resume and cover letter. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088