Public Relations Coordinator

University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC (30+ days ago)4.3

Posting Number

Classification Title
Public Information Coordinator

Internal Title
Public Relations Coordinator

Columbia 01

University Advancement

ADV Integrated Communications


Advertised Minimum Salary

Advertised Salary Range
$36,204 - $46,000

Location of Vacancy

Part/Full Time
Full Time

Hours per week

Work Schedule

Standard working schedule: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.

Type of Staff Position
Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

12 months

Job Search Category

About UofSC

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

Benefits for FTE, Research Grant or Time-Limited Positions Are Indicated Below

The University of South Carolina (UofSC), through the State of SC and Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA), offers employees a valuable benefits package, including health and life insurance, generous paid leave and retirement programs. To learn more about UofSC benefits, access the About Benefits section on the Applicant Portal at
Research Grant or Time-limited positions may be eligible for all, some, or no benefits, based on the grant or project funding.

Benefit Eligibility Type
Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

South Carolina Retirement

State Insurance Programs

Annual Leave

Sick Leave

Position Description

Advertised Job Summary

The Public Relations Coordinator supports the communications and media relations needs for academic units represented by one of several interdisciplinary brand teams and provides multimedia content and planning for the Integrated Communications team within the Office of Communications and Public Affairs.

Under the supervision of an Associate Director of Integrated Communications, the incumbent will lead media relations and public relations efforts for seven academic colleges; advise administrators, faculty and staff on effective communications techniques; develop communications plans and creative briefs for major initiatives; and work with other units in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs on projects that are deemed shared priorities of the academic units and the university.

The successful candidate will have knowledge of a broad range of journalistic and multimedia tools, such as media software for news distribution and monitoring, as well as professional guidelines for journalism and public relations. The candidate will have proven expertise in written and visual communication for print, web and social media, an ability to make complex research and concepts accessible to varied audiences, and proven success to pitch and place news stories regionally and nationally.

Minimum Qualifications (Classified and Unclassified positions)

Bachelor’s degree and 4 years experience related to the development and dissemination of informational material.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and five to seven years of professional experience in a client facing communications, public relations role with emphasis on media relations. Writing for broad audiences as well as those in higher education also is highly preferred, as is experience writing about varied topics that represent a wide range of academic disciplines.


Public Relations Coordinator is an organized, enterprising self-starter with executive presence and a proven ability to successfully pitch and place news stories and create engaging content across all media. The candidate must demonstrate proficiency in and be adaptable to new technology including production management and team collaboration software. A mastery of AP style is required.

A proven ability to meet deadlines is required as is the ability to work in a rapid-response, team environment. Project management skills and a proven ability to meet tight deadlines are a must. Verbal communication skills and an open, collaborative approach are necessary for success in this role. Demonstrated experience in researching topics, interviewing and writing varied news and feature stories is essential. Demonstrated experience in pitching and placing news stories. A desire to develop professionally and keep abreast of developing trends in communications is required.

Position Attributes

Hazardous weather category

Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies

Desired Start Date

If Research Grant/Time Limited, give end date

Job Open Date

Job Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicant

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should the review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

We are only accepting applications submitted before September 29, 2018

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EEO Statement

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, protected veteran status or genetics.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Do you have at least a Bachelor’s degree and 4 years experience related to the development and dissemination of informational material?



Applicant Documents

Required Documents

Cover Letter


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