Job Details

Position Details

Req ID:


Position Title:

Communications Coordinator

Position Type:

Staff Full-Time

Position Number:


OSU Campus:



Agricultural Communications Services

Location Address:

Hiring Supervisor:

Melissa Mourer

Hiring Range:
(Contingent upon available funding):

38,400.00 - 57,600.00, Salary

Work Schedule:

Work schedule to be determined by supervisor.

Faculty Appt Period:

Job Summary:


Position Details:

Headquartered in the OSU Agricultural Communications Services unit, this individual reports to the unit's assistant director and works closely with the associate vice president of the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station to develop and implement appropriate content across multiple communications platforms in order to highlight OSU Ag Research within the OSU community, as well as the state, region and country.

Develop and coordinate the research editorial agenda and calendar. Write and edit feature stories and copy to highlight research projects, scientific discoveries, events, grants and faculty achievements, including stories for release to media. Develop and execute distribution of HTML newsletters, as well as content appropriate for web, digital and social media platforms. Strategic collaboration and integration with the professional team in Agricultural Communications Services to cultivate and leverage OSU Ag Research.

Work with OSU Agriculture's creative and digital managers to further establish and broaden the branding, design, aesthetic strategy, voice and tone, visual imagery and content resources for research related campaigns and promotional pieces. Incorporate graphic design and layout elements for multimedia efforts on the web, social media, brochures, magazines, posters and related materials.

Develop campaigns with respect to written feature stories, creative/graphic design elements, videos, social posts, message and content creation, as well as overall audience strategy.

Demonstrate creativity, knowledge of communications and aligning content with audience needs. Ability to work cross-functionally with supervisors, unit staff and campus partners to meet goals. Must learn quickly and adapt to changing environments. Excellent leadership, team, written and verbal interpersonal communications and presentation skills are required. This job requires a high level of internal and external public contact.

Collaborate with others in the Agricultural Communications Services unit and OSU Ag Research to promote, publicize and otherwise generate positive visibility for the activities and programs of OSU Agriculture. Other duties as assigned.  

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please include cover letter, resume, references and samples of work. Include at least one work sample of each: feature story, media release and internal or technical communications piece, as well as a project plan and/or editorial calendar, etc.

Education & Experience

Position Qualifications:


Bachelor's in Agricultural Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Strategic Communications, English or related field. 
Three to five years’ experience in communications, writing, reporting, copy editing, digital storytelling or related skills. Candidate must be proficient in Associated Press style, story development, editorial planning and content coordination.  Knowledge of HTML newsletter platforms, video production, project management platforms and other relevant software such as the Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
Valid driver's license. 
Ability to develop and implement intriguing content across multiple media platforms relevant for a variety of audiences. Public relations, marketing and social media skills. Strong creative and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with a wide range of constituencies in the university setting. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work under deadline, both within a strategic communications team, as well as independently. Proficiency in video and still photography a plus.
Knowledge of agriculture is preferred.

Oklahoma State University (OSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations,OSU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.