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Communications Specialist I, College of Arts and Sciences

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College / VP Area: College of Arts & Sciences
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark/Hybrid
Categories: Communications & Public Relations, Full Time



The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at the University of Delaware is nationally recognized for its exceptional educational experiences and for integrating instruction, research, and public engagement. With 24 academic departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, more than 25 centers, programs, and institutes, and featuring outstanding research and teaching facilities, CAS serves over 7,500 students, is supported by approximately 400 staff, and maintains annual operating expenditures of over $121M. The College’s 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and sciences education and a deep commitment to excellence in scholarship and all forms of creative and intellectual expression, with sponsored research expenditures totaling more than $38.6M per fiscal year.  

The Communications Team within the College of Arts and Sciences provides communications and marketing support and services for all departments, programs, and centers across the College. Under the general direction of the Director, Communications, the Communications Specialist I perform a variety of communications duties to ensure the success and efficiency of CAS Communications, and in support of the CAS mission and strategic direction.


  • Assists the Director, Communications in the general flow of all work requests for the CAS Communications Team, including project management and regular compilation and reporting on project request data. Serves as the Communications contact for a portfolio of CAS departments, programs, and centers.  

  • Working with members of the Communications Team and the Sr. Editor, develops short-form content for a variety of print and digital marketing and communications outlets, including websites, UDaily, social media platforms, and print publications. 

  • Assists in the production of communications pieces and strategies for print and electronic media for both internal and external audiences, with a focus on admissions communications needs. 

  • Provides video production and video branding support for the CAS Dean’s Office, departments, and centers. 

  • Monitors and traffics the Communications Team email inbox; maintains CAS email mailing lists for external communications. 

  • Provides backup support as needed for Dean’s communication activities, including quote requests, talking points, presentations, and letters. 

  • Stay current with University branding standards and marketing policies and serve as a resource for faculty. 

  • Provide communications support as needed as part of the CAS Communications Team. 

  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

  • Assists with special projects and performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.       


  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, or a related discipline and at least 3 years job-related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 

  • Knowledge of public relations and communications tactics, including internal and external communications, presentation skills, events, and marketing communications. 

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.  

  • Knowledge of copyediting and proofreading, and familiarity with editorial style. 

  • Effective organizational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to operate independently and to use sound judgment, initiative, and discretion in all interactions with constituents. 

  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact well with a wide range of professional colleagues.  

  • Proficiency in Windows, Microsoft Office, and other electronic communication (newsletter and social media). 

  • Experience and interest in creative use of social media and web content management systems preferred. 

  • Experience and interest in video production and branding preferred. 

  • Knowledge of University academic programs, policies, and procedures desirable.  

  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value. 

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