Senior News Director, Science - Public Affairs - 37420
Washington University in St. Louis
August 10, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri
Full-time - Experienced
Higher Education Institution
Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Office of Public Affairs. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
Promote the University’s reputation as a driver of scientific research, thought leadership, scientific innovation/education through proactive PR, storytelling and other outreach. Primary coverage responsibilities are Arts & Sciences and related centers, institutes and programs.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Proactively pitch and place stories through strategic, targeted outreach to international, national, regional, trade and local media. Identify stories and other opportunities to promote messaging in support of science themes, write and produce text, multimedia and other content in support of strategic messaging points in science and potentially other areas. Utilize university channels (Newsroom, Record, social media, Web) to share content with campus and community audiences.
Identify and position thought leaders within respective areas to serve as media experts; produce content and supporting materials for use in pitches; pitch and place experts. Provide leadership, guidance and support for op-ed placement.
Provide strategic communications counsel to schools and campus partners, identifying and facilitating opportunities for collaboration with Public Affairs.
Monitor and report media placements; contribute to overall media monitoring, reporting and measurement strategy.
Other duties in support of PR/media relations functions.
Academic and/or professional background in sciences helpful
4-6 years’ experience in public relations, media relations, journalism and/or strategic communications, with emphasis on sciences
Strong communicator, skilled in building relationships
Independent self-starter, highly motivated
Enthusiastic learner interested in participating in vibrant academic community
Knowledge of news media and ability to communicate with media representatives
Excellent oral, written and listening communication skills
Strong time-management and organization skills
Ability to handle multiple projects in a deadline-driven, highly detail-oriented environment
Ability to manage graduate students and/or free-lancers for content and promotion; potentially lead campus Science Writing monthly meetings
Graduate degree in science
6-10 years’ experience in public relations, media relations, journalism and/or strategic communications, with emphasis on sciences
Strong track record of success in writing and reporting on science, and/or developing media pitches and placing stories that highlight science
Applicant Special Instructions:
Office and campus environment. News directors may be called upon to respond to media queries or other events after hours.
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
-Retirement Savings Plan -22 vacation days -8 Paid Holidays -Sick Time -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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