Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Office of Public Affairs. The position is located at 276 North Skinker. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
Promote the University’s reputation as a leader in the social sciences and related fields through proactive PR storytelling and other outreach, focused on story lines developed primarily within the School of Arts & Sciences and related and/or various centers, institutes and programs.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Proactively pitch and place stories through strategic, targeted outreach to international, national, regional, trade and local media. Identify stories and other opportunities to promote messaging in support of the social sciences and related fields, write and produce text, multimedia and other content in support of strategic messaging points in these areas. Utilize university channels (Source/Newsroom, Record, social media, Web) to share content with campus and community audiences.
Identify and position thought leaders within respective areas to serve as media experts; produce content and supporting materials for use in pitches; pitch and place experts. Provide leadership, guidance and support for op-ed placement.
Provide strategic communications counsel to faculty, administrators and staff, and identify and facilitate opportunities for collaboration within Public Affairs.
Monitor and report media placements; contribute to overall media monitoring, reporting and measurement strategy.
Other duties in support of PR/media relations functions.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or related field
Academic/professional background or experience in social sciences helpful
5 - 7 years experience in public relations, media relations and/or strategic communications
Graduate degree in journalism, communications or related field
6 - 10 years experience in public relations, media relations and/or strategic communications
Strong track record of success in developing media pitches and placing stories
Strong communicator, skilled in building relationships
Excellent oral, written and listening communication skills
Enthusiastic learner interested in participating in vibrant academic community
Strong time-management and organization skills
Ability to handle multiple projects in a deadline-driven, highly detail-oriented environment
Knowledge of news media and skill set to interact effectively and create relationships with media representatives
Highly motivated, independent self-starter who is also a strong team player
Base pay commensurate with experience.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
News directors may be called upon to respond to media queries or other events after hours.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.