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Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.
Who We Are:
The Communications Office coordinates strategic communications efforts at the College, particularly those relating to admissions, advancement, the College’s website, social media, and media relations. We are a creative and talented group of communications pros who work hard and have fun doing it. We’re committed to informing, inspiring, and engaging our communities by telling compelling, creative, consistent, and authentic stories that support and amplify the College’s mission and values.
Swarthmore College’s Media Relations Specialist is tasked with promoting the College’s story to the world through a strategic, proactive, and comprehensive media communications plan. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Communications, the Media Relations Specialist will work to elevate the College’s regional, national, and international reputation by leveraging Swarthmore’s brand; its excellent students and expert faculty and staff; and its position as a highly selective, renowned institution of higher learning.
The Media Relations Specialist will work collaboratively with colleagues across the office to create and/or identify content with broad media appeal. The individual in this role may be asked to serve as a spokesperson for the College; will be a campus resource for training and guidance related to the media; assist in implementing crisis and emergency communications plans; and track, analyze, and react to media coverage.
The Media Relations Specialist will also assist in creating communications that support the College’s senior leadership in conveying a range of complex topics to diverse constituencies, including speeches, op-eds, talking points, etc.
The position calls for a creative and innovative strategic thinker with excellent written and verbal communication skills. The individual in this role will bring a fresh perspective on ways to gain national and international media attention, must be well versed on the latest industry trends and technology, and must be deeply committed to collaborating with others.
Who you are:
Savvy, curious, creative
Multitasker who meets deadlines
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills
Critical thinker who can assess news value while maintaining high journalistic standards of accuracy and integrity.
Tech-savvy with the ability to help facilitate a wide array of media opportunities through various channels, including print, broadcast, podcasts, and social media.
Knowledgeable and current on advances and trends related to media relations, and be highly creative in putting such knowledge to work.
What you bring:
B.A. degree and at least 4 years of experience in a field directly related to media relations and/or communications, including a minimum of 2 years of proven experience working directly with the media and pitching and successfully placing stories.
Demonstrated ability to handle extremely sensitive and confidential matters.
Experience preparing speeches, talking points, op-eds, and other communications with executive-level staff.
Experience in higher education a plus.
Experience with PR Management Software, such as Cision or Meltwater.
Ability to shoot and edit video and audio a plus.
Experience as a spokesperson for a large, complex, and diverse organization.
Experience coordinating paid media efforts.
What You Will Get:
You’ll work at one of the world's most renowned liberal arts colleges, with incredible benefits, a stunning 420-acre campus, and a hybrid work environment. And you’ll join an award-winning team of passionate, creative, and supportive people who work hard and have fun telling the College’s story to the world.
Review the Employee Contributions_2022, we offer benefit plans starting at $0 per month! Upon benefit eligibility, the College contributes 10% of an employee’s salary to their retirement account. Employees are 100% vested in their accounts on the date participation begins.
If you are excited about this role, we want to hear from you!For full consideration, submit applications with pay expectations including resume and cover letter by September 16, 2022.
Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. Offering a liberal arts and engineering curriculum, the College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. It is also decidedly global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. The diversity of perspectives represented by Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff - including different viewpoints, identities, and histories - contributes to the community's strong sense of open dialogue and engagement with ideas and issues.
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