This position is within the Office of Marketing, Communications, and Strategic Initiatives leads external marketing and communications initiatives to advance the school’s global reputation as a leader in the field of international relations. This includes brand awareness, media relations, website, social media, marketing, and high-level event promotion. Reporting to the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, this position is expected to contribute to projects related to all of the above office responsibilities.
In particular, this position manages media outreach for high-level events through media advisories and other methods; proactively promotes school thought leadership; solicits and responds to media inquiries; writes and/or edits content for website/social media platforms; and produces communication products to highlight school experts in the news. The communication manager will also assist with marketing initiatives, general office support, and maintain a media contact database.
Respond to media inquiries from print, online and broadcast journalists seeking expert commentary from faculty and scholars and arrange for on- and off-campus interviews with school experts, if needed.
Regularly and proactively promote the work of the school’s thought leadership through media pitches, expert advisories, and other communications tools. Prepare media advisories and social media announcements to promote faculty hires and awards.
Draft and distribute event advisories to target media to attend high-level events. Provide guidance to journalists attending public events, including staffing media check-in table and assisting broadcast journalists with multimedia logistical and technical needs.
Provide support for publicity and internal coverage of events, including preparing press kits and providing multimedia coverage of events such as digital photography, audio and video recordings and post-event multimedia production for the web
Build network and maintain regular contact with journalists and strengthen relationships with key outlets.
Provide media relations support to programs of studies, centers, institutes and initiatives with high-level event promotion and expert advisories, as needed.
Draft and distribute media advisories for important school news and announcements.
Produce “In the News” 1-2 per month email to promote the school’s national and international media presence.
Produce “The Brief” monthly email to highlight expert commentary on a current issue.
Provide general overall Marketing and Communications Office management and organization support.
Assist with drafting, writing, proofreading/editing and production of various print and online publications.
Maintain information on the insider portal/intranet related to requests for media advisories for high-level events, requests for expert advisories, permission to film on campus and style guide.
Produce monthly media metrics to highlight school expertise in the news, reach and influence.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Skills & Knowledge:
Excellent oral and written communications skills and attention to detail necessary for writing and editing assignments in print and on the web as well as for communicating effectively with the office’s internal and external constituencies.
Experience working in a communications-related role (media relations, journalist, public relations, special events promotion, and/or publicity) in a news outlet, think tank, higher education institution, or similar organization.
Computer literacy to include Microsoft Office Suite, general database management, desktop publishing, basic website content editing tools, social media tools and Internet research techniques.
Excellent administrative and organizational skills to work effectively in a dynamic, deadline-oriented environment that requires balancing multiple assignments simultaneously on a daily basis.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and be an active member of the team.
Ability to interact effectively with individuals of varying degrees of technical competency and at all levels from diverse cultures.
Three years of experience in media relations, public relations, journalism, or event promotion-related roles required.
Bachelor’s degree preferably in communications, public affairs, journalism, international relations or related field.
Master’s degree preferred.
Knowledge of and/or experience in journalism, international affairs, and the workings of educational institutions.
Knowledge of Associated Press (AP) Style standards for writing and editing.
Physical requirements for the job:
Ability to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods of time.
Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard.
Communication skills using the spoken word.
Ability to see within normal parameters.
Ability to hear within normal range.
Lifting and carrying computer and multimedia equipment as well as printed publications and supplies;
Bending and kneeling to install or service equipment and standing during events to operate multimedia equipment
Internal Number: 11787-en_US
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