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Communications Specialist 3, CNR (7477U) 27504 - 1032
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 2, 2019
Title Communications Specialist 3, CNR (7477U) 27504 - 1032
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Communications/Public Relations

Communications Specialist 3, CNR (7477U) 27504 – 1032

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance-academic and artistic, political and cultural-make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 20, 2019

Departmental Overview

See the Bigger Picture. Make a Better World.

When it comes to the world we live in, no detail is too small to be noticed and connected to something bigger. At UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources (CNR), we study how all aspects of our environment intersect and support each other so we are able to do more in the world, and do it wisely.

We study natural and human systems from biological, ecological, economic, and social science perspectives. With more than 120 faculty and approximately 1,900 undergraduate and 450 graduate students, we engage the issues that shape the complex, interconnected world of the 21st century, from sustainable food systems to obesity, from water policy to energy policy, and from the far-reaching impacts of climate change to the linkages between the human genome, diet, and disease.

CNR seeks a motivated, creative, and experienced communications professional to help tell our story and extend our reach to a diverse set of audiences.


Reporting to the Director of Communications in the College of the Natural Resources, this position involves development and execution of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary communications program; involves work in two or more communications disciplines or work not otherwise covered in other communications job families. The incumbent will create communications content that aligns with the College’s communication strategies and targets key audiences including prospective and current undergraduate and graduate students, donors, alumni, faculty, potential new staff and faculty hires. Through print, video, web, multimedia and social media channels, the incumbent will clearly articulate college achievements, mission, and vision. The incumbent will collaborate with staff and faculty in departments to ensure effective and modern communications coming from (and about) each department.

Responsibilities include:

  • Works with management and clients to create, develop, and implement long and short term strategic communications plans and/or projects. Collaborates with communications and web professionals in college departments on content creation, and on fostering a community of practice to effectively leverage communications assets throughout the college.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Communications, creates communications content fulfilling the comprehensive communications plan, including written, visual, and electronic communications. Promotes created content through social media channels, campus affiliates, and members of the press.
  • Advises and consults with departmental/college administration regarding all aspects of communications including developing strong communications strategies that effectively deliver the desired message, policy interpretation, and problem resolution. Creates communications pieces about or to be used by departments.
  • Ensures production of high quality products that effectively deliver the desired message within budget and time constraints.
  • Identifies specific communications needs and develops the content and process for organizational improvements.

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in public relations, journalism, media relations or closely related professional communication role with progressive independence.
  • A portfolio of successful communication products that demonstrate ability to translate organization branding and priorities into structured, strategically aligned content. Proven ability to think creatively and propose bold ideas. Ability to manage competing demands and interests and maintain focus.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications.
  • Knowledge and understanding of technical applications to effectively work with technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including visual design concepts, various media, digital and web content, and applications.
  • Knowledge of the organization, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, policies, practices, infrastructure, and a strong knowledge of current affairs, and issues in higher education.
  • Solid skills to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long and short term strategic communications plans.
  • Knowledge and skills to advise and consult with management to ensure delivery of the desired message to target and/or broad general audiences.
  • Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.
  • Knowledge of campus protocols and channels for communication internally and externally.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge or ability to learn campus protocols and channels for communication internally and externally.
  • Experience with science communications and/or knowledge of how to explain complex scientific processes to a general audience.

Salary & Benefits

Annual range: $61,600-$85,000, commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:…

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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