Internal Communications Specialist

Full-time position with Normandale Community College in Bloomington
Job posted June 7, 2024

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About The Role

We are a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and we seek applicants with deep connections to the cultural communities to which our students belong. We actively seek and encourage applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

The Internal Communications Specialist leads the planning, development, and implementation of effective internal messaging to advance the college’s strategic goals. It is a highly collaborative position that provides counsel and expertise to college leadership and coordinates with key partners across the college to achieve consistent and complementary strategy and messaging.

Key responsibilities include development and implementation of a college-wide communications plan, and development and maintenance of policies, procedures, guidelines and goals that ensure factual, appropriate, and timely information. This position leads the creation, design, and distribution of content across various channels and modalities, including the intranet on SharePoint (Employee Exchange), email, print, and digital signage, and ensures the channels are optimized for effective delivery. This position also provides high level internal communications expertise to all departments of the college, helping them produce effective messaging that aligns with the college’s internal communications plan, and follows the college’s policies and procedures.

This position will actively advance the college’s strategic goals by supporting efforts to achieve equity in educational outcomes and supporting a culturally responsive and service-oriented culture, through individual and departmental efforts.

Applicants who submit a cover letter, resume, and portfolios are assured of full consideration.

Minimum Qualifications (expected to have to enter job)
• Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field
• Three (3) years of professional experience in communications, including copywriting and editing.

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) (we will interview for):
• Demonstrated ability to plan, develop, and implement effective communication strategies, and skill in designing effective communication materials using plan language standards and clear/concise messaging.
• Demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through inclusive design and language.
• Proven ability to create effective communications materials and write articles for publication.
• Demonstrated creativity to develop concepts, stories, messages, ideas, campaigns, and other materials consistent with the college image.
• Strong technical skills in Microsoft Office 365 (SharePoint, Teams, Word, Excel).
• Proficiency with HTML, CSS, and content management systems.
• Solid understanding of and experience with project management principles.

Preferred Qualifications (desired but not expected to have to enter job)
• Experience using data and analysis to measure and evaluate communication efforts sufficient to identify areas for improvement and develop recommendations.
• Experience in communications for a high-volume, culturally responsive, and customer service-oriented educational institution or other non-profit.
• Experience leading, coordinating, and directing the work of vendors, consultants, contractors or other staff sufficient to ensure communication efforts are completed as planned.
• Ability to provide innovative, creative approaches to work.

Normandale is the largest community college in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, annually serving almost 15,000 students from a diverse set of backgrounds, 42% of whom are students of color and nearly 25% are first-generation. We offer opportunities for individuals to grow, learn, and advance their careers while working for an organization that is committed to providing an inclusive and equitable space for students and employees to learn. We are passionately committed to achieving racial equity in student outcomes and in advancing cultural competency in the classroom and services provided.

As an agency of the State of Minnesota, Normandale offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical, dental, vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, generous vacation and sick leave, 11 paid holidays each year, employer paid life insurance, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plans, and tax-deferred compensation plans. Additional benefits include tuition waivers available for yourself and eligible dependents once certain criteria are met.
For information on benefits, visit SEGIP’s website SEGIP. This position is also part of the MAPE Bargaining Unit. The outlines many additional benefits provided.
For more information on retirement benefits, please view the retirement brochure.

Internal Communications Specialist

Classification: Communications Specialist 2
[Unlimited, Full-time]
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday – Friday)
A flexible work schedule may be approved with up to two days remote work per week
Salary Range: Hourly from $27.58 to $40.49; Annually from $57,587 to $84,543
*Salary placement is dependent on education and experience

The vacancy is posted on-line from Monday, June 3rd to Monday, June 24th 2024.

Please search for this job and more on the State of Minnesota careers website at Refer to Job Code 77246. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

If you are a current State of Minnesota employee, please log into Self Service, click on the Careers section and search for the Job Code.

The College regrets that it is unable to offer H-1B sponsorship at this time. The successful candidate, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, must be able to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.
An offer for this position may be contingent upon the completion of a background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Normandale Community College is committed to honoring human differences and cultivating inclusion of different values and ideas in employment and education opportunity. The college is committed to the principle that all individuals are to be treated with equality and dignity.

No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. In addition, discrimination in employment based on familial status or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law is prohibited.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance, please contact Human Resources at (952) 358-8269 or Please indicate what assistance is needed.


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