Mission Viejo, CA United States
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Communications Specialist

South Orange County Community College District

Job Title: Communications Specialist
Job Location: Mission Viejo , CA
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Other Administrative Positions
Date Posted: 2019-03-01
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Communications Specialist
South Orange County Community College District

Initial Screening Date 03/20/2019

PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at https://jobs.socccd.edu

Classification Benefits:

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

Summary Description:

Under direction from the District Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, the Communications Specialist performs a wide variety of moderately complex technical, project-based, office operational support functions and records management in support of communications, legislative, marketing, district events and related efforts; and performs related duties as assigned. Assists in the coordination of events and communicates with a variety of audiences, including District trustees, faculty, staff, elected officials and residents to inform, engage and build support for District operations, goals, projects and programs.

Knowledge of:

• Public and governmental relations and related efforts. • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of the functions, programs, and operations of the assigned division or department. • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including applicable sections of the State Education Code, Public Records Act, and other legal requirements related to area of assignment. • Work organization and office management principles and practices. • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. • Processes, procedures, and practices of budget preparation and administration. • Principles, practices, and procedures of business letter writing. English usage, spelling, grammar, punctuation, hyphenation and proofreader’s marks. • Principles and procedures used in complex, inter-related record keeping. • Principles and practices used to establish and maintain files and information retrieval systems. • Principles, practices and procedures of complex fiscal, statistical, and administrative research and report preparation. • Statistical procedures and mathematical concepts. • Principles and techniques used in public relations including methods and techniques of proper receptionist and telephone etiquette. • Principles and practices of providing training, work direction, and guidance to lower-level office staff and student workers. • English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.

Ability to:

• Understand the organization and operation of the assigned division and/or department as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities. • Understand, interpret, and apply administrative and office policies and procedures as well as pertinent laws, regulations, and ordinances. • Perform responsible and difficult administrative duties involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative. • Oversee and participate in the management of the administrative functions and operations of the assigned office. • Establish, review, and revise office work priorities. • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals. • Use sound judgment in recognizing scope of authority. • Exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality in maintaining critical and sensitive information, records, and reports. • Respond to requests and inquiries from students, staff, or the public; effectively present information in person or on the telephone to students, staff, or the public. • Type or enter data at a speed necessary for successful job performance. • Pay attention to detail in order to proofread and review documents. • Participate in the preparation and administration of assigned budgets. • Use correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. • Research, compile, analyze, and interpret data. • Prepare a variety of clear and concise administrative and financial reports. • Implement and maintain filing systems. • Independently compose and prepare correspondence and memoranda. • Plan, schedule, direct, coordinate, and review the work and performance of assigned staff in a manner conducive to proficient performance and high morale. • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and changing deadlines. • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. • Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems. • Work under steady pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public contact by phone or in person. • Work independently and effectively in the absence of supervision. • Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students. • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Job Requirements

Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.


Equivalent to two years of college level course work or specialized training in public administration, business administration, secretarial science, graphic design, or a related field.


Three years of increasingly responsible experience as an administrative assistant or secretary, preferably in an administrative office of a public agency or in an educational environment, including some experience in a lead capacity.

Information and Application Process Instructions

To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at https://jobs.socccd.edu for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.

NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.


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