Marketing Communications Specialist

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – G – Exempt
  • 03 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of the Liberal Arts
School of Labor and Employment Relations
Full/Part Time:


The School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) at Penn State seeks an energetic communications professional to serve as the Marketing Communications Specialist for this vibrant, growing academic unit. Using print and electronic media, the successful candidate will participate in the planning and implementation of marketing/communications strategy for the School, including communications in support of the School’s degree programs, research centers, outreach activities, and alumni events. The holder of this position will employ a variety of marketing and public relations tools that may include direct mail, advertising, web, e-mail, new media and other methods to initiate and execute marketing plans. The Communications Specialist will monitor and communicate the status of tactical campaign implementation with LER leadership and will be responsible for meeting overall marketing goals and unit/program objectives. The Communications Specialist will communicate with vendors, leadership in the College of the Liberal Arts Strategic Communications Office, University offices, and with external contacts. Duties of this position will typically include researching and writing news releases, feature stories, and media alerts; generating story ideas about LER students and related activities; updating the School’s website and social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter); publicizing events and activities of the School, including those of two research centers (Center for Global Workers’ Rights (CGWR) and the Center for International Human Resource Studies); and, assisting in special events. This writing intensive work may include some evening and weekend hours at activities and events. The School of Labor and Employment Relations is a growing multidisciplinary program with strong B.A. and B.S. in Labor and Employment Relations (LER), M.S. and M.P.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER), and M.P.S. in Labor and Global Workers’ Rights (LGWR) programs. We value a diversity of perspectives and strive for a collaborative, respectful, and multi-disciplinary environment. 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. In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity. The ideal candidate should have strong writing, reporting and interviewing skills and be curious about activities related to employment relations, labor studies, labor law, and human resource management. The selectee must be dependable and organized, must demonstrate attention to detail, and must possess solid written and oral communication skills. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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