Communication Specialist – Content Writer, ISU Extension

Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Extension, a program unit of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is seeking qualified applicants for a Communications Specialist. The ANR Extension Communications Team provides communications and marketing support to Iowa State University ANR Extension and Outreach. ANR Communications staff works directly with ANR Extension program areas on campus and in the field to develop and deliver educational publications, web content, news releases and articles, videos, webinars, displays, advertising, brochures and other collateral materials that support ISU Extension and Outreach in all 99 Iowa counties, nationally and internationally. The Communication Specialist will utilize superior grammar and proofreading skills for writing and editing news items and features; writing and editing of educational and informational publications; preparing copy for program materials; and developing web content for the Agriculture and Natural Resources Programs within Iowa State Extension and Outreach. Under the leadership of the ANR Communications Manager, the communications specialist will work closely with members of the ANR Communications team, content specialists and field staff, and others to write and disseminate information grounded in research-based science to targeted audiences. This position will be filled at the Communication Specialist II or III level. In addition to the aforementioned duties, the Communications Specialist III will create and deliver more comprehensive and complex communications materials; identify and implement innovative ways to meet clients’ needs; take an active role in the development of interdisciplinary communication materials; and provide leadership/supervision and subject-matter expertise. The successful candidate will have the ability to work as part of a creative communications team, have good organizational skills, the ability to step into a leadership role when needed, and be able to manage multiple projects within specific budgets and timelines.


Communication Specialist II: Bachelor’s degree and one year of relevant professional experience. Communication Specialist III: Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant professional experience.

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