Marketing Strategy Specialist 3 (Communications Strategist)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Engineering
Communications and Marketing
Full/Part Time:


The Penn State College of Engineering seeks a Strategist to serve as lead communicator for the Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Graduate Program in Acoustics, with responsibility for recommending, deploying, measuring, and modifying communications’ tactics in support of priorities such as reputational enhancement, student and faculty recruiting, corporate engagement, and fundraising. Reporting to the college’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, with accountability to the head of Aerospace Engineering and the Acoustics Director, the strategist will serve as the content engine for a range of promotional, editorial, and outreach initiatives designed to generate awareness and interest and drive action. Typical areas of focus include planning, writing, distribution, maintenance, and measurement activities associated with journalistic-style news, feature, and research articles; marketing collateral materials; editorial publications including newsletters, magazines, and annual reports; websites and social media channels; direct mail and email campaigns; and advertising campaigns. 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 Microsoft Office, basic knowledge of Adobe CS Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), and publication layout skills are preferred. Basic knowledge of photography and videography preferred. Comfort level using content management software preferred. As core competencies, the position demands inquisitiveness, creativity, and excellent communication skills, particularly related to content development and writing about technical and complex topics in a journalistic style. The successful candidate will be collaborative with excellent interpersonal skills; able to connect with a myriad of stakeholders across the department and college including administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and communications’ colleagues. Strong organizational and project management skills are required, with the ability to prioritize and handle multiple initiatives simultaneously in a fast-paced environment. Candidates should be prepared to provide writing samples and examples of previous work. 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 $16,584 $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