Assistant Communications Specialist - Communications Department - R00054761

Assistant Communications Specialist

Work Location: Communications Department, LSU AgCenter, Acadia parish (or other Southwest Region office.)

Job Description: The LSU AgCenter is seeking a talented, highly organized, deadline-driven communicator with a varied skill set to join the organization’s Communications team covering the southwest region of the state with an emphasis on promoting rice research and extension efforts of the LSU AgCenter.

This position’s primary function is to use communications methods to share AgCenter information from the southwest region to various audiences. This position will be part of the LSU AgCenter Communications Department, which serves research, extension, teaching and international programs for the LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture.

The preferred candidate will possess strong writing and editing skills with experience in Associated Press Style and be able to contribute high quality photographs to the AgCenter’s news efforts, manage and maintain webpages, and have some knowledge of video production. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Write, edit and distribute news, feature stories and other content for the AgCenter’s news distribution service, website, social media and other communication channels.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with media in southwest Louisiana and encourage their use of AgCenter faculty as sources and AgCenter information in their news efforts.
  • Coordinate media coverage of AgCenter events and issues in the southwest region.
  • Raise public awareness of research at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station.
  • Produce an annual rice research report to update rice growers on research efforts at the Rice Research Station.
  • Assist with the production of a quarterly rice production newsletter.
  • Support faculty in the region in their efforts to reach the media and the public.
  • Advise LSU AgCenter personnel on media-related issues such as handling media requests, interviews and inquiries.
  • Photograph AgCenter events, research projects and gather photographs for news, magazines and other publications.
  • Help maintain the AgCenter’s photo archive.
  • Assist with news and educational video production.
  • Contribute content to LSU AgCenter social media platforms.
  • Keep up with trends in media delivery to better distribute messages across all platforms.
  • Help conduct communications training to faculty groups and individuals.
  • Serve on AgCenter committees and help with events.
  • Support administrators with presentations, speeches and interview preparation as needed.
  • Perform other duties as required and assigned.

In-state travel and flexible scheduling outside of traditional office hours are required. May be required to use own vehicle for work travel but will be reimbursed for mileage.

Qualification Requirements: Bachelor's degree in public relations, marketing or communications. Other closely related degrees may be accepted if combined with a minimum of four years of professional level experience directly related to this position. Master's degree in public relations, marketing or communications is preferred.

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, and an employee assistance program. Possibility of educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework towards a master’s or Ph.D. degree at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

Application Deadline: May 19, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, including a statement of professional interest and goals, university transcripts and two letters of reference. Paper, faxed or emailed application materials will not be accepted. In lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to:

Tobie Blanchard

LSU AgCenter Communications Director

141 Knapp Hall

Baton Rouge, La 70803


The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

4/28/2021 7:11:46 PM
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