Assistant Director of Communications – University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Moscow, ID • Full-Time • Bachelor’s Degree Required

The Assistant Director of Communications serves as the official spokesperson for the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and provides high-level communications on behalf of college leadership. The individual executes a variety of college-wide communication and media relations initiatives designed to enhance the college’s ties to its internal and external constituents. This position produces and disseminates information in accordance with CALS and U of I goals, objectives and priorities under the direction of the Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives. It is expected for the chosen candidate to have a level of understanding of national, regional, state and local news outlets with regard to agriculture, science, research and technology coverage and the ability to develop and implement a strategy to earn a progressive level of awareness and placement for CALS stories in the media.

The Assistant Director of Communications develops and writes hard news, features, releases, media advisories, newspaper, magazine and newsletter articles for distribution to the lay and professional media on research and other activities in science and agricultural research/outreach and other technical or technology areas. In addition, this position maintains day-to-day relations with the media, to include handling media queries, media interviews, preparing news releases and media kits, and promoting stories. The individual provides direct and proactive advice, consultation and assistance to college leadership regarding public information matters, to include direct assistance in researching, providing information and developing messages.

Unit Overview

CALS Communications leads efforts in media relations, marketing, web communications, social media and digital media for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and UI Extension. This unit is responsible for developing and implementing communication and marketing strategies to enhance and support college strategic goals through the promotion of research, teaching and extension programs.


This position is contingent upon the continuation of work and/or funding.

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