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Position Description: UCLA Strategic Communications (StratComm) brings UCLA's mission and values to life by inspiring positive action as UCLA's lead storytellers, reflecting the multifaceted diversity of our university and surrounding communities. Demonstrating and reinforcing the university's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all creative work is central to StratComm's success. We believe a workplace culture that values EDI practices is essential to building strong teams, which translates to robust ideas, strategies and creative content that resonate with UCLA's diverse audiences.
Media Relations & Public Outreach strategically manages content at www.newsroom.ucla.edu to promote UCLA. Regular items include research discoveries, student and faculty features, campus events and video reports. Many journalists subscribe to the site's RSS feeds. Media Relations & Public Outreach also determines which news release to feature on the campus gateway, www.ucla.edu.
Reporting to the Director of Media Relations (pitching), this position will specifically focus on the divisions of Physical Sciences and Life Sciences in the College of Letters & Science, working to highlight impactful UCLA research and other accomplishments by faculty in the departments that make up these divisions in earned media. The successful candidate for this position must possess a passion for and working knowledge of the hard sciences, being able to translate often complex research into clear and compelling language, developing and pitching positive, engaging narratives through news releases that will be strategically distributed to a variety of industry and more mainstream news organizations. The person in this position must be able to work effectively with academic leadership, including deans and department chairs, as well as faculty and in a wide variety of disciplines and with a number of different preferences for working with media. This position will also be expected to coordinate with communications staff at federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Energy as well as other divisions at UCLA.
Duties will involve interviewing professors and other researchers about their research, writing news releases, coordinating and preparing faculty for media interviews, providing support and media training to ensure positive attention for the institution as well as the faculty member and ensuring accurate coverage of their research and accomplishments. This person must also possess a strong understanding of stories that will appeal to earned media, how to frame those stories and also be able to partner with colleagues in UCLA Strategic Communications to effectively tell those stories, utilizing video, graphics and social media as important storytelling tools that can increase engagement among earned media as well as the general public.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy, https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
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UCLA is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs. UCLA offers undergraduate degrees in more than 127 majors and graduate degrees in 198 program areas. UCLA has 11 highly regarded professional schools. Eight are ranked among the nation's top 15 in their field by U.S. News & World Report. UCLA is consistently among the most popular campus in the nation for undergraduate applicants. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Benefits:UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.
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