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Job Number: 26930345 Full/Part Time: Full Time Schedule: 8AM - 5PM Salary: $68,500 - $96,200
Position Information *This position is eligible for hybrid accommodations* The senior public information officer will enhance UC Riverside's reputation through reporting and disseminating peer-reviewed research and other news related to UC Riverside's School of Business, School of Education, School of Public Policy, and other colleges, schools, and units as needed. This position has the potential to be a hybrid position. The successful candidate will work with faculty and administration to distill complex research into engaging, relatable content aimed at a general audience. The position also involves writing feature stories and producing other non-research content. You will work as part of a collaborative team of media relations professionals in the University Communications department. This position requires an enthusiastic team player to work under limited supervision and to use discretion and judgment in building relationships, telling UCR's stories, and pitching those stories proactively to local, regional, and national media. Excellent communication, collaborative, and interpersonal skills are essential. Please note: Applicants for this position will need to submit samples of their work/portfolios for review by the selection committee and a cover letter is required. Additionally, the budgeted amount for this position is up to $80,000.
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.
Education Education Requirements Degree Requirement Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Required Major in journalism, communications, business or a degree related to this public information and writing specialty in a subject area related to the public information and writing specialty. Preferred
Experience Requirement 4 - 7 years of related experience. Required Minimum of 4 years professional writing for newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, web, higher education, research facility, government or non-profit organizations. Preferred
Requirement Travel Outside of Normal Business Hours Required Travel Required
Preferred Qualifications Skill to maintain confidentiality. Thorough written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills, including a strong sense of a good story and understanding of the topics that may be of interest to various publics and will incorporate key location messages. Good judgment, political acumen, and thorough organizational skills. Thorough knowledge of the concepts and principles of news, media communications and media relations. Thorough skills in understanding and effectively utilizing all news/media mediums including broadcast news, the internet, social media and other emerging technologies. May require knowledge of specialty areas such as broadcast news including TV/radio, internet and other emerging technologies.
Additional Information Thorough knowledge of the location, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, objectives, programs and infrastructure.
Skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative, friendly and professional working relationships.
Demonstrated knowledge of academic and research enterprises.
Experience in executive communications, including speechwriting.
Demonstrated skill in making oral and written presentations through various media formats to a wide variety of audiences to provide information, instructions, or explain subjects of interest.
Writing background that includes engineering and/or renewable energy research, preferably as a Public Information Officer with a university or research facility. Demonstrated skill in producing press releases and stories in concert with faculty and researchers.
Interest and experience in working with university administration and faculty to produce OpEd page submissions.
Skill and experience in identifying and relating to contemporary issues in light of accomplishments by university faculty and research entities.
Proficiency in applying Associated Press Style standards. Working knowledge of media database platforms such as Cision, Meltwater, etc.
Demonstrated extensive and progressively responsible experience in writing/marketing, journalism, or related experience.
UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission explicitly states the goal of providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.The University of California, Riverside 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, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.
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