Communications Specialist (Part-Time) - 22576BR

Communications Specialist (Part-Time)

Biodiversity Institute
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum is seeking a part-time Communications Specialist with strong writing and graphic design skills to join our communications team. The Communications Specialist will create both digital and print media for promotions, assist with social media content creation and management, and help maintain the organization’s website. The position works in collaboration and coordination with the Communications and Events Coordinator and BI staff responsible for development, science engagement, and visitor services to help promote our research and the museum, its exhibits, and public programs. They may occasionally assist with live events. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required. This is a 20-hour per week position with flexibility for some remote work.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

KU offers a competitive benefits package that includes options for health, vision, dental, and life insurance, as well as a mandatory retirement plan that begins after one year of employment. Unclassified Professional Staff receives generous paid leave including nine federal holidays, one discretionary day, and vacation and sick leave. More information is available at

Job Description

  • 25% Assist with managing website content for Note: The site is being updated currently and will relaunch this summer on the KU CMS (Drupal).
  • 25% Assist with content creation for and management of the BI/NHM’s social media channels, which currently include Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • 20% Create print and digital graphics for the website, social media, posters, flyers, postcards, and other promotional materials.
  • 20% Share BI/NHM news and events with communities:
    • Post BI/NHM events to community calendars.
    • Assist with the creation and distribution of BI/NHM e-newsletters for internal and external audiences.
    • Maintain newsletter subscriber database
  • 10% Other duties as assigned by the Communications Coordinator.

Position Requirements

Work Location Assignment:
  • Hybrid- The position will be a combination of telework and on-site work.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, public relations, marketing, communications, graphic design, or other relevant fields.
  2. At least one year of related professional experience.
  3. Excellent writing skills and command of AP style, as evidenced by application materials.
  4. Excellent organizational skills as evidenced by application materials.
  5. Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, particularly InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator as evidenced by application materials.
  6. Previous experience working with and creating content for diverse groups.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Three or more years of related professional experience.
  2. Experience managing social media for a brand or organization, including a solid understanding of image and accessibility best practices.
  3. Experience with e-newsletter platforms such as MailChimp, Constant Contact, etc.
  4. Interest in biological sciences, museums, or other relevant areas.
  5. Excellent oral communication skills as evidenced by interview.
  6. Professional experience at a large, public research institution or museum/cultural institution.
  7. Website experience working with Drupal, WordPress, or another Content Management System (CMS).
  8. Master’s degree in journalism, public relations, marketing, communications, graphic design or relevant field.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Please be sure to include all materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Online application
  • Cover letter outlining your interest and how your skills and experience would contribute to the position and meet the required qualifications.
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • Three samples of graphic design work or link to portfolio. You may add up to two additional works such as a writing sample, social media content, etc if you choose.
Application review has been extended to August 22, 2022 and continues until a qualified pool of applicants is identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Anne Tangeman,

Advertised Salary Range

Starts at $19.23/hr

Work Schedule

M-F, Flexible Hours, up to 20 hours per week

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Biodiversity Institute
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment:
Employee Class:
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