Posting Summary: The Communications Office at the University of Virginia School of Law is seeking a Director of Media Relations. The Communications Office develops and implements media relations strategy, website and print marketing materials, social media efforts, event publicity and branding for the School of Law. We educate external and internal constituents--including the public, faculty, students, prospective students and alumni--about the goals, mission and purpose of the Law School, as well as provide information on news and current events.
The Director of Media Relations creates and posts press releases and other kinds of content to the website, produces social media content, and edits brochures and other marketing materials. The Director leads the effort in distributing news to the media, serves as a point of contact for the media, manages the daily social media presence for the Law School, and instigates and implements improvements to the Law School's publicity goals and communications strategy.
Requirements include an undergraduate degree and at least five years' experience in journalism and editing in a news media environment, including experience with news/feature writing and AP style.
Please include with your application a cover letter, cv/resume, two writing samples and contact information for three references.
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Required Minimum Level of Education: *Degree Required
Preferred Minimum Level of Education: Master's Degree
Preferred Specific Degree/Training: Master's degree in the arts or humanities
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Considerable - 4 to 7 years
Required Specific Experience: At least five years' experience in journalism and editing in a news media environment
Preferred Minimum Level of Experience: Considerable - 4 to 7 years
Preferred Specific Experience: Experience editing websites
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Ability to learn new technologies; Excellent written communication skills, including experience with news/feature writing and AP style; Excellent editing and writing skills; Excellent oral communication and relationship-building skills; Ability to work effectively with colleagues as a team member; Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks; Ability to track and analyze data; Ability to understand, present, and reflect accurately the culture and priorities of the Law School
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Operational knowledge of cameras, video cameras and audio-recorders
Required Computer Applications: None
Preferred Computer Applications: Drupal (or similar CMS web-editing tools), Photoshop, and Excel
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of ben...efits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.