Requisition ID:  29745

Associate Communications Specialist

Job Summary

The Associate Communications Specialist supports communications for the School of Mechanical Engineering through direct collaboration with the ME Communications Director, supports the ME Professional Master’s Program (PMP) through direct collaboration with the ME Graduate Office staff, and directly supports award nominations for ME faculty, staff, and students.

Who We Are

The School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University has a mission to change the world for the better, one student at a time. We began in 1882 as experts in locomotives (thus the name "Boilermakers!") and now in the 21st century, we continue to move the world forward by combining the latest technologies with the strongest of fundamentals.

About 2,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students, and 90 faculty are part of the Purdue ME family.  As one of the broadest engineering disciplines, our students and faculty have the widest variety of interests and expertise. We maintain high standards, whether in the classroom, the laboratory, or the workplace.  Purdue ME is one of the top ten schools in the country, as ranked by US News & World Report.


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What We Are Looking For

Education and Experience:    


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, business/management, graphic fesign, hospitality, writing, or related field 
  • 0-1 years of experience curating and adapting content for a variety of communication media or other relevant work experience
  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered
    • For example, an Associate's degree and 2.5 years of experience or a High School Diploma/GED and 4.5 years of experience                    



  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, including writing, event and program promotion, web management, social media, graphic design, and media relations
  • Ability to balance multiple, competing directions and manage multiple projects successfully with a high attention to detail
  • Ability to meet all deadlines and work independently or on a team; Highly motivated, collaborative individual who will take initiative to solve problems and assume responsibility to meet deadlines
  • Ability to be creative in developing and delivering wide ranging forms of communications
  • Computer and technology skills; possess a learning orientation to changing technology
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and Teams); Zoom, WebEx, and other remote collaboration tools; Adobe Creative Cloud, Canva, and other graphic design tools
  • Must possess exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to influence, teach, consult, and build work relationships among a diverse group at all levels

Additional Information

  • Purdue University will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply
  • Benefit Statement: Purdue University offers a substantial Benefit Package including medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a generous paid time off package for sick and vacation days

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette