The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Senior Manager, Media Relations position within the Department of Marketing and Communications.
The Senior Manager, Media Relations coordinates the collection and distribution of St. Thomas news and information to the news media and to the general public. This person also possesses deep knowledge of the strategic priorities and key messages of the University of St. Thomas in order to build strong, proactive public relations plans in support of University priorities. This manager works across the University with colleagues and senior staff to ready experts to speak on behalf of the University and works closely with the Director of PR and the CMO to plan/support major President communications/events. The person also works closely with the Senior Social Media Strategist to ensure comprehensive public relations strategies are in place to push relevant St. Thomas messages across all platforms.
This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.
- In conjunction with the PR Director, serves as a principal point of contact between the news media and the university. This is generally threefold: first, provide statements and information about St. Thomas to the media in keeping with our strategic messaging priorities; second, respond to media requests for faculty experts; and third, serve as a spokesperson for the university when necessary.
- Prepare/develop compelling, breakthrough public relations plans for major University events & announcements (e.g., new college/program launches, major awards/designations)
- Prepare written communications including but not limited to: press releases, President Communications, news articles (like the annual OCB holiday spending report), etc.
- Actively engage in media monitoring to identify issues, trends, and proactive opportunities for University thought leaders. Build responsive relationships with area media reps and content area experts within the university.
- Deliver media training to campus spokespeople and faculty experts
- Serve on and advise the University Action and Response Team (UART), and write and distribute information about important issues according to a team-developed plan.