Public Relations Specialist 3 (Writer/Editor)

Penn State University

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


The University Libraries’ Public Relations and Marketing office seeks an experienced, collaborative, forward-thinking communications professional. Reporting to the manager of Public Relations and Marketing, this writing and editing intensive position promotes the Libraries’ services, resources, programs, and expertise to internal and external audiences, including local and University-wide students, faculty, staff, donors, alumni, external researchers, academic research library peers and the public. The successful candidate will be expected to work proactively and supportively in a small, team-oriented, creative environment to develop, plan, and implement a variety of strategic integrated marketing and communications initiatives on time and within budget. The candidate will be responsible for producing polished feature articles, news releases, marketing, social, and multimedia content; coordinating and marketing the Libraries’ services, events, and other public relations and marketing projects through a variety of media channels; and selecting and activating relevant media channels for dissemination. All applicants are asked to upload two or more suitable writing samples of previous work, especially those highly suitable for contemporary student and faculty audiences; examples of digital photography, Adobe design work, and/or links to videography also are welcome. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Working knowledge of and proficient use of Microsoft Office 365, content management software, Adobe CS Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), and publication layout skills are strongly preferred. Demonstrated competencies in photography and videography are preferred but not required. The ideal candidate also will demonstrate success in following University policies and best practices, adhering to the highest professional standards, and demonstrating good judgment in a fast-paced work environment. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, attention to detail, a dedication to quality and standards of consultative customer service, and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion are required. This position requires a self-starter who is able to work independently as well as with a team and within guidelines, 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.

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