Strategic Communications Coordinator

Updated: 9 months ago
Strategic Communications Coordinator  
Manager (OT Ex)  
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology  
Rapid City  
4UREL1-University Relations  
External (includes Internal)  
12 months  
Open Until Filled
The Strategic Communications Coordinator is an integral part of the University Relations team and is responsible for developing strategic marketing content to help promote the university on social media, website, video, online advertising, and print materials. Social media skills are a must as this role monitors, posts, and engages with our audience on various social channels and tracks data analytics. This position also coordinates job requests from campus constituents that require content creation.
Responsibilities include maintaining an editorial calendar for story ideas to be promoted on social media as well as in traditional media outlets, working alongside the communications manager and department director, collaborating with students, faculty, and staff to publicize and promote events, research, accomplishments, awards and initiatives through news releases and for stories in university publications.
This position requires strong creative writing skills, the ability to create relationships, and the ability to manage time well, and to consistently meet deadlines. A Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, public relations, communications, marketing, or a related field and a minimum of 3 years experience in marketing communications, or a Bachelor's degree in science or engineering and a minimum of 3 years experience in marketing and communications is required; Master's degree is preferred.
Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our graduates have a 98% placement rate and an average starting salary of over $63,000. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.
South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls over 2,800 students from 41 states and 28 countries. Rapid City is the state's second largest city (with an urban population of 73,569 and metropolitan population of 197,628) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit: and
South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin September 13, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.  
University Relations provides a variety of services to the campus community including: marketing, public relations, media relations, campus communications, web services, government relations, photography, videography, and graphic design. Efforts and activities are designed to assist in the recruitment of students, faculty, and staff; support fundraising activities; provide recognition for the faculty, staff, and students for their many achievements; and identify opportunities for the university to work more closely with the community and state. This is a fast paced, deadline intensive, high profile division.  
Attach a cover letter, resume, 3 published writing samples (attach as other document), and name, mailing and email address, and phone number for three professional references.  
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