Brown Universityâ™s Media Relations and Content Specialist plays a crucial role in supporting the Universityâ™s relationships with key audiences, including the external news media. As a member of the News and Editorial team in Brownâ™s central Office of University Communications, the Media Relations and Content Specialist fulfills a number of critical roles in telling Brownâ™s story, both through University-owned media channels and via news media outlets. The Media Relations and Content Specialist relies on excellent writing and editing skills to manage and create content for the Universityâ™s home page, news site, daily email digest, media coverage update, featured events digest and other channels targeted to both external and internal audiences. The Media Relations and Content Specialist supports successful, productive relationships with the news media by fielding inbound inquiries from journalists, securing coverage that elevates Brownâ™s reputation, coordinating media interviews and news events, preparing information for public distribution and supporting the Director of News and Editorial Development in issues management. The Media Relations and Content Specialist also oversees administrative operations related to news coordination, which includes the management of vendor contracts and purchasing related to news gathering and distribution tools, as well as other duties. Across these responsibilities, the Media Relations and Content Specialist interacts with a diverse array of colleagues and stakeholders. The Media Relations and Content Specialist must be diplomatic, poised and confident in representing the office both on campus and with external partners and constituents.
A bachelorâ™s degree is required (preferred in journalism, English, communications or public relations)
A minimum of three years of professional experience in journalism and/or media relations
Excellent writing and editing skills, including proficiency in Associated Press writing style
Comfort with content management systems, website management, web-based databases
Ability and comfort interacting directly with news media
Demonstrated ability to research information, conduct efficient interviews and write well and quickly
Experience developing effective messaging tailored to audiences
Some experience with editing, publishing and design tools and applications
Diplomacy, poise and confidence in representing the office with colleagues, media and the public
Ability to sustain and build rapport with a diverse array of colleagues and stakeholders
Ability to manage time, take on multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
Initiative and judgment to solve problems independently
Unyielding commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
Solid organizational, communications and customer service skills
Willingness and enthusiasm for effectively managing key administrative operations
Experience in higher education helpful but not essential
The Media Relations and Content Specialist is expected to work occasional nights and weekends, aligned with news, events and other significant priorities.
Applicants must submit an application that includes a cover letter, resume with employment history and three published work samples: news release, feature article/profile, and an announcement or news release reflecting "breaking news" written on deadline.
Candidates selected for interviews on campus will be required to complete a writing and editing exercise.
All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal and education records check satisfactory to Brown.
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Media Relations and Content Specialist
Office of University Communications
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Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Internal Number: REQ152409
About Brown University
Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Engineering, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership and the IE Brown Executive MBA.