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The media relations manager is a lively communicator who supports the marketing plan for the University in alignment with Development and External Affairs goals and SMU's strategic plan. Is an engaged member of a high-performing team dedicated to increasing national recognition of SMU as a leading teaching & research university.
The position remains current on breaking news & news trends on a variety of topics and will “pitch” SMU stories to the news media, as well as respond promptly to media inquiries for sources & experts to meet demands of the daily news cycle. Promoting SMU messages at a national level is key to this position.
Has a demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain strong relationships with journalists through regular interactions & knowledge of their interests & preferences. Builds strong relationships with administrators, faculty members & other University experts, tapping them for compelling stories, pitches, op-eds & expertise.
QualificationsEducation and Experience:
Bachelor's degree is required. Master's degree preferred.
A minimum of three years of work experience in media relations and/or journalism (print, broadcast or online) and/or communications is required. Web experience (e.g. editing web pages using a CMS) preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as the ability to build strong relationships with administrators, faculty members & other University experts, tapping them for compelling stories, pitches, op-eds & expertise. Demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain strong relationships with journalists through regular interactions & knowledge of their interests & preferences is essential.
Strong writing skills with the ability to produce error-free communications and other materials are required. Strong editing and proofreading skills are essential.
Candidate must possess strong organizational, planning and time-management skills with the ability to proactively manage multiple priorities. Must also demonstrate a strong attention to detail. A strong customer service orientation is essential.
Candidate must possess strong problem solving skills with the ability to be resourceful, proactive and seek assistance as needed. The ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team is essential.
Candidate must have news judgment and knowledge of AP style.
Candidates must also have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Outlook. Proficiency in Word Press and SiteCore preferred.
Applicants with news media reporting and/or producing experience will be strongly considered and finalists will be required to compose a sample news release and sample Tweets.
Deadline to Apply:
September 28, 2018
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Job Type: Full-time