Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The UW News office, within University Advancement, Marketing & Communications (UMAC), has an outstanding opportunity for a Public Information Specialist.
University Advancement creates engagement opportunities that foster pride, advocacy and private support for the University of Washington. University Marketing & Communications (UMAC) builds awareness, increases support and collaborates across campus to connect the university with the public, as well as targeted audience segments. The Public Information Specialist in the UW News office is a general assignment role. This position will assist the Senior Director for Media Relations in covering central administration news, gift announcements and other initiatives that are important to the university's image and reputation. This individual will also be called upon to help cover complex research news from and respond to media requests for any of the university's subject areas, ranging from engineering, physical sciences or environmental sciences, to social sciences, law, business, economics, world affairs and more.
While there is a significant amount of traditional reporting and writing in this position, it also requires a high degree of internal and external communication when working with researchers and administrators on campus, and reporters and editors at news outlets, respectively. This position will also have the flexibility to work on additional projects, such as media/interview training for faculty and other researchers, as well as editing and placing op-ed and analysis pieces by university researchers. The successful candidate would also help the UW News office expand into new projects and initiatives, such as coordinating community events featuring UW experts, and overseeing the production of content that connects the UW with the wider community.
The employee should have experience editing written pieces for grammar, AP style, flow and readability, and will join a team of writers that regularly peer-edits releases and stories before publication.
Duties and Responsibilities
Identify stories on research and education that have the best potential for attracting state, regional, or national/international news coverage, as well as stories that are most likely to be of interest to UW friends and constituents.
Decide on the best ways to make the story available to a variety of audiences, including the news media.
Demonstrate excellent writing and editing skills.
Edit and write news releases, arrange interviews, develop and provide media training, and otherwise facilitate contact between students and faculty and reporters in the national, local and student media.
Handle incoming calls from members of the media seeking experts on various topics.
Keep an eye on developing news and identify which UW experts can speak on various topics.
Pitch story ideas to regional, state and national/international news outlets.
Provide expert public affairs advice and training, as needed, to faculty and administrators.
Develop collaborative relationships with academic and administrative units across the university.
Other duties as assigned.
Effective communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc.
Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results.
Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization.
Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience.
Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs.
Valuing Diversity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW's commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.
Organizational Acumen: Able to size up a situation, balance reason and the interest of others, and act in a decisive, timely and appropriate manner that is congruent with the organization's values, goals and mission to achieve success.
Innovation Management: Able to anticipate market trends and be effective in facilitating and managing creative processes to achieve results in self and others.
Planning & Implementing: Ability to develop strategies, measures for success and feasible timelines for successful project implementation and execution.
Managing Conflict: Recognizes and addresses conflicts and disagreements in a safe and respectful environment, manages conflicts collaboratively, and builds consensus with the best interests.
This position requires a bachelor's degree in journalism or a related field and 3-4 years' experience in writing and communications for nonprofit, government or higher education institutions, news media and/or public relations.
The position requires an individual who is willing to experiment, enjoys working in a collaborative environment and has the necessary skills to manage expectations of diverse groups of faculty and administrators.
Excellent communication skills and demonstrated familiarity with the rapidly changing technology and media environment, and various platforms of news dissemination are essential. Experience in developing multimedia products is desirable. Knowledge of how to work with digital media, including social media, and willingness to experiment are required.
Must be an excellent writer/editor, with the proven ability to craft strategic content and messages from multiple voices, for a variety of audiences
Experience in using a variety of media including audio, video, and social media -- is highly desirable.
Demonstrated strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, databases, forms, etc.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Conditions of Employment
Cubicle/Open workspace environment which may result in additional or higher levels of noise and visual distractions.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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