Requisition Number: STFR003887 Division/College: External Affairs Location: Boston Main Campus Full-time/Part-time: Full Time
Responsibilities The media relations specialist works to generate print, broadcast, and social media coverage that drives awareness of Northeastern University's unique story, its prominence as an educational institution, its accomplished faculty, innovative programs, centers, and institutes, and its role as a leader in innovation in higher education.
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Communications, duties include but are not limited to:
Serving as a liaison between the university and the news media
Cultivating relationships with members of the media
Proactively pitching and landing news stories about the university
Maintaining an in-depth knowledge of the university's strengths and goals and finding new, creative, and compelling ways to tell stories through various media
Handling and tracking media requests
Writing press releases and media advisories
Contributing to the communications office's daily newsroom efforts
Fostering positive working relationships with members of the university community
Contributing to digital and social media efforts
Keeping abreast of higher education's issues and trends, as well as global and national current events and campus activities
Participating in major media events and other duties as assigned
The ideal candidate enjoys working with a talented and creative team, coming up with new ideas, and proactively cultivating key relationships.
Proven experience (2 to 4 years) working with the media and successfully pitching stories
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain successful relationships with national, regional, and local media
Excellent writing and verbal communications skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
Ability to critically evaluate information and assess news value
Ability to take initiative
Ability to think creatively
Occasional night and weekend work is required
Experience in higher education is a plus
Experience dealing with crisis communications is a plus
Additional Information What stands us apart:
We offer a highly competitive benefits package, including tuition waivers for that master's degree or certificate you've been thinking about.
A selection of other current offerings includes medical, dental, and vision plans, discounts on technology products, health and fitness programs, generous retirement programs, ample paid time off, and professional development opportunities.
Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, a...nd global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.