Associate Director, Public Relations - Communications and Marketing-(17001526)
The office of communications and marketing has overall responsibility for marketing and brand management, public relations and editorial services producing various print and web publications and communications for the university. The office optimizes the coordination of strategies and programs for these areas. The office of public relations reports to the vice president for communications and marketing and is the university's liaison to the local, national and international news media on behalf of one of the world's leading teaching and research institutions. The team handles media inquiries, writes and disseminates materials for members of the news media and provides internal and external communications counsel and support for this campus, and when required for other initiatives. The team positively positions faculty experts in key media channels and handles all requests to film and photograph on the campus from the news media, production companies and other third parties. The department provides crisis management, working with the university's executive director of public relations, and vice president for communications and senior vice president for university relations as needed.
The Associate Director of Public Relations on the Medford/Somerville campus reports to the Deputy Director of Public Relations on that campus and is part of a central administration team supporting the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, Tisch College of Civic Life, and other academic and administrative functions at the University. This position focuses primarily on science, engineering and research communications. S/he "pitches" stories to reporters, editors, producers and columnists, including top-tier national and international media, regional media and trade publications. S/he evaluates and responds to media requests and writes and edits press releases about science research. The Associate Director also can be called upon to provide advice to the deans, senior administrators and faculty. S/he works collaboratively with Public Relations team members on other campuses and with other departments within University Relations Communications and Marketing, and other University Relations groups.
Bachelor's degree and at least eight years of public relations, media relations and communications experience in academia, business, government, science, research or other non-profit sectors.
Strong writing, editing and verbal skills and comfort with scientific, technical or other complex subject matter are required, along with excellent judgment, analytical ability, solid news sense, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of departments and individuals.
Experience with public relations strategic planning and implementation; some issues/crisis management experience preferred.
The selected individual must possess the proven ability to be a self-starter tackling a variety of public relations challenges.
S/he must have enthusiasm for and demonstrated success in securing positive media coverage of institutional programs and research at an academic setting or comparable organization.
Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office, and familiarity with digital and social media tools necessary.
Experience in multimedia
Experience in print, broadcast, or online journalism and social media.
Familiarity with general academic and scientific research practices (various types of research, peer review, publication, etc.)
Experience with Meltwater, Cision, EurekAlert, Photoshop and similar tools.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer. Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.