A Job I’m Qualified for Now but Can’t Have

One of the most frustrating aspects of being in a master’s program after already having worked full-time in a communications office and knowing what I want to continue working in is the realization that there are a lot of jobs currently being offered which I’m qualified for but which won’t be available when I can work full-time on June 2nd, 2013.

Take, for instance, this Communications Coordinator position at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY.

With a refresher in HTML and some practice with CSS I think I could convince Manhattan College to hire me today. But alas I have just under seven months left here before I’m free full-time.

The Manhattan College Marketing and Communication office seeks a communications coordinator to assist in various communication and administrative efforts/projects within the department. The communications coordinator will play an integral role in supporting branding development, media relations, multimedia/social media, preparing budgets, publications and special events.

The position will be the gatekeeper of the department interfacing regularly with the President’s Office, Board of Trustees, deans, distinguished alumni, faculty and media.

In this role, the communications coordinator will have the opportunity to attend special events, conduct research, fact check, plan photo shoots, write magazine and web articles, and manage interns and support other marketing and communications initiatives as needed.

This position has growth potential for the right candidate and if interested in a particular area (graphic design, feature writing, special events, social media, video editing) within the office, the communication coordinator can have increased exposure to special projects within this area. Some evenings and weekends required for special events.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in communication, English or journalism Experience: Two or more years of related experience
Skills: Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google apps (Gmail, Google calendar, Google docs); Familiar with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and/or Bridge
Candidates must supply a portfolio of writing samples

Preferred Skills:

Basic Knowledge of HTML/CSS and Drupal CMS
Experience with Vocus Media Database software
Knowledge of copyediting and Associated Press Style Guide
Photography experience
Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Bridge