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Project and Communications Coordinator

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Work type: Staff
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time
Position Description


Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Research Development, the Project and Communications Coordinator provides support to the Director of Research Development (DRD) and the Research Development unit; and on occasion, to the Associate Vice President (AVP) of Research. The Coordinator applies a high degree of judgment, discretion, and initiative in planning and administering projects and events for the Research Development unit. The Coordinator also implements the communication strategy for the Research Development Unit and as needed for the Office of Research and the Division of Research and Innovation. The Coordinator facilitates special projects and assignments, researches, and prepares correspondence for the DRD to University officers and constituents (or on their behalf), and ensures the accuracy and timely completion of projects. The Coordinator conducts research, analyzes data, handles information requests, and prepares reports.


Key Responsibilities

  • Organizes meetings, conference calls, projects, activities, and inquiries for the DRD and the Research Development unit and the University Grants Academy (UGA)
  • Maintains complex appointment calendars
  • Develops and maintains close working relationships and is the point-person for communication with the staff of the Office of the President, Vice President of Research and Innovation, University Personnel and Academic Affairs Division (Provost, Colleges, and other AAD units), Research Foundation, and Corporate Foundation Relations and Tower Foundation
  • Keeps abreast of new policies and procedures within those offices and responds to requests for assistance as an internal and external resource on policy and procedural matters
  • Composes correspondence; develops presentations; prepares meeting summaries, departmental reports, and fliers; disseminates information and action items
  • Main contact for ordering supplies and maintaining work environment, answering visitor walk in questions, and managing email and phone communications
  • Maintains office files, records, and various electronic databases
  • Processes all key and omni code requests
  • Manages and maintains the Research & Innovation Division website with a focus on portions that relate to the Research Development unit and the Office of Research
  • Manages and executes projects for the DRD, the Research Development unit and occasionally the AVP of Research, coordinating with other campus offices and units, including Research Foundation, Tower Foundation, Strategic Communications, the Provost Office, and the Center for Faculty Development (CFD). These projects may include but are not limited to the UGA, annual CSU and SJSU Student Research Competitions, Annual Research Celebration, University Scholars speaker series and any presentations by the DRD and RD unit
  • Able to respond to, carry-out, and manage unplanned projects on short notice
  • Leads and coordinates all the functions related to Research Development unit and UGA internal and external events
  • Works with departments to coordinate booking event space, arranging food and beverage, ordering supplies, coordinating audiovisual equipment, ordering event signs, ensuring appropriate décor, etc.
  • Works within budgetary restrictions


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office suite software (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Visio, Project, Google Apps), web content management systems (WCMS), Info Ready and task management software like
  • Understanding of general website architectures, and the ability to change and maintain the Division’s website
  • Ability to interact verbally and in written communications with University leadership, faculty, staff, and external constituents with the utmost decorum and tact; and handle confidential and sensitive issues
  • Extensive and in-depth knowledge of and the ability to apply expertise in the advanced theories, principles, methods, practices, and techniques applicable to the program and/or administrative specialty, including applicable internal policies and procedures
  • Expertise in investigating & analyzing problems with a broad administrative impact & implications Ability to anticipate problems and address them proactively
  • Ability to act as a liaison for staff and management team to identify, develop and nurture staff/management relationships Knowledge and understanding of current project methodologies, practices, standards and processes and tools
  • Thorough knowledge of policies, procedures, and outside regulations pertaining to the applicable administrative responsibilities.
  • Skilled in the research, development, and evaluation of policies and programs
  • Ability to prioritize, organize and balance a heavy workload with a high level of productivity, proficiency, and precision
  • Ability to make independent decisions, exercise sound judgment, and know when to check in and obtain guidance from the DRD


Required Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree and/or equivalent training
  • Four years of administrative work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs
  • The successful applicant must live in the state of California and will be expected to work in the office a minimum of three days a week
  • A cover letter is required for the application to be considered complete and to be reviewed by the committee


Preferred Qualifications

  • Communications and/or marketing-related certificate
  • Project Management certificate
  • Five years of related office work experience
  • Event and project organization experience
  • Experience maintaining website content and using various software in an administrative and project management capacity
  • Experience using spreadsheets as an organizational tool
  • Experience with purchasing and reimbursement processes



Classification: Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt II
Anticipated Hiring Range: $6,153/month - $6,542/month
CSU Salary Range: $4,693/month - $8,489/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.


Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: July 12, 2022 through July 26, 2022. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.


Contact Information

University Personnel


CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (including all booster doses of an approved vaccine for which an individual is eligible per current CDC recommendations) or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. As a condition of employment, any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as well as with other safety measures established on the campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at


Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


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Last Updated May 23, 2022