Job of the Week: Communications Manager I

This week, MSU Human Resources is featuring a Communications Manager I support staff position (posting 739078) through the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 

This individual will be supporting the MSU Center for Low-Moisture Food Safety, a large, multi-institutional grant team. They will coordinate communications, marketing, publicity efforts, and develop communications strategy. They will also support the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering by coordinating best communications and marketing practices for student recruitment and retention (undergraduate and graduate), research, and outreach in the department. The primary responsibilities include serving as a communications resource for faculty and staff on the grant team and in the department. The position also includes networking within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Engineering, and University Communications to generate collaborations and successful media campaigns, as well as overseeing composition and editing of web and print content, news stories, feature stories and social media posts. A day in the position may entail attending regular meetings with the grant project management team, department communicators or faculty and staff members, developing creative work focused on the grant project activities and the department’s teaching, research and outreach, and making sure all communications and materials are aligned with MSU and college specific brand strategies. For a full list of responsibilities, click here

Applicants interested in this role must have knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in communications, public relations or a related field as well as one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in higher education, experience developing and executing communications strategies for a large project or unit and experience in public and media relations, composing news articles and print media, marketing, advertising, creative service and graphic design is also required. Other necessary skills include word processing, desktop publishing, web design, database software, public presentation and experience managing and executing content for social media. The desired qualifications include experience in AP Style writing and editing techniques; web communications, social communications and general communications support; strong writing, proofreading and editing skills; attention to detail; strong interpersonal skills; knowledge of tools such as Office 365, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign; and MSU branding knowledge.
To read more about the department of this position, visit Learn more about the position and apply with a cover letter, resume, and three professional references by October 26 here. The position is grant-funded through August 2025 with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal. Find all the latest job postings at

Job Feature: DEI Communications Manager

As the University continues its work related to diversity, equity and inclusion, MSU’s Media and Public Information department is currently seeking a DEI Communications Manager (#669421) for University Communications. This position will serve as the lead communications professional for the unit and will be responsible for developing and executing strategies to communicate MSU’s broad commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as among the institution’s highest priorities.

The Communications Manager will additionally be responsible for assisting University Communications and other university units to facilitate appropriate messaging throughout MSU’s communications infrastructure to communicate key diversity and inclusion themes. The Communications Manager will also perform media relations functions including monitoring coverage on key initiatives and issues, assisting with issues management and media responses, coordinating and implementing media events and developing and writing news releases.

Preferred education, experience, and/or skills include knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in journalism, communications, public relations, English, or a related field; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in communications, public relations, or a related field in higher education, an agency environment, or a large, complex organization; equivalent combination of education and experience.

Ideal candidates would possess a minimum of five to ten years of professional experience developing and executing integrated strategic communications programs in a fast-paced PR or marketing agency or working closely with an agency to achieve strategic communications objectives; and demonstrate mastery of high-quality, professional-level project management, planning and conceptualization, plan execution, and results assessment; with particular emphasis on diversity and inclusion programs and projects, directed at both internal and external audiences, among other qualifications.

For more details on the responsibilities of these positions, visit Internal applicants should access postings through the Careers @ MSU tile in the EBS Portal.