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Job #1309017

Specialist, Student Life Communication

Job #1309017
This position is past the Close Date, no more applications will be accepted.

Position Information

Location Round Rock Campus
Hours Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Position Focus Student Life Communications
Salary $2,611-$3,264/Monthly
FLSA Status Non-Exempt
Criminal Background Check Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC's College Police department.

Unless, otherwise provided by law, a criminal record does not automatically disqualify an applicant or employee, nor does it automatically deny a person's access to any of the College's online systems. Determinations of suitability will be made consistent with College policy, practices and all applicable laws and regulations.

Job Purpose

To advise and coach student staff in the design and production of the student communication media; and to design and produce publications and other media for student use.

Reports To

Director, Student Life

Description of Duties and Tasks

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Recruits, selects, and promotes student staff for newspaper, magazine and other media.
  2. Responsible for ad sales, billing, collection, and tracking of transactions for student newspaper and student publications.
  3. Produces, proofs, and edits student publications (planners, handbooks, manuals, etc.) and submits to the Student Life Communications Coordinator for approval.
  4. Coaches and evaluates student staff in the area of assigning stories, graphic design, selling advertisements, production, layout and selecting images for the newspaper, magazine, and other student media.
  5. Coaches students in setting and ensuring the production and publication deadlines are met. 
  6. Instructs students in the layout and design of the student newspaper and other media, and the development, maintenance and updating of the online version and posting material to the web.
  7. Handles production and publication process details, including establishing run counts, providing proofs and weekly updates, distributing paper copies and maintaining archive files.
  8. Develops and maintains a database of student designers, reporters, photojournalists, and illustrators. Assists with the selection and evaluation of student interns and with processes to allow students to develop portfolio work.
  9. Coaches students in preparation for competition in the annual Texas Community College Journalism Association (TCCJA) Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) conference and other competitions. Travels with students to such events.


Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.


  • News reporting and editing principles, practices, and techniques.
  • AP style.
  • Online publishing processes and production techniques.
  • Writing techniques and styles.
  • Graphics design and commercial art techniques.
  • Printing processes and production techniques.
  • Coaching, mentoring, and advising practices and processes.


Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.


  • Maintaining an established work schedule, including meeting strict deadlines. Some evenings and weekends. Occasional overnight travel.
  • Effectively using interpersonal and communications skills including tact and diplomacy.
  • Effectively using organizational and planning skills, including attention to detail and follow-through.
  • Creating written information and editing for accuracy.
  • Online and print publication layout, design and typography.
  • Effectively working with a diverse and multicultural student body.
  • Working collaboratively.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of work related information and materials.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships

Computer Skills


  • Demonstrated proficiency using standard office and desktop graphic design and publishing software including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat, Quick Books, and File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

Physical Requirements

  • Occasional lifting of objects up to 25 pounds.
  • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, kneeling, pushing and pulling
  • Work is primarily performed in a standard office environment

Work Experience


  • Two years related work experience.


  • One or more years experience advising student media.



  • Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Graphic Design, or related field.



  • Valid Texas driver's license.


  • Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.

ACC Benefits Overview
Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 90 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.

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