Are you passionate about writing and developing communications that strengthen the reputation and desirability of a university for its various audiences and help students achieve their career goals? Do you work in journalism and wonder what it would be like to work at a University? Do you work in higher education communications and desire more opportunities to write and develop content that compellingly tells the story of a university’s impact and illustrates the power of internships, career outcomes, and ROI associated with a college education? Then read on — the University of Southern Maine (USM) seeks applicants for a full-time Public Relations Multimedia Associate in the Office of Public Affairs to focus on workforce and career engagement messaging as well as general university communications.
About the Position
The Public Relations Associate reports to USM’s Director of Strategic Messaging in the University’s Office of Public Affairs. The Public Relations Associate primary beat will have a particular, but not exclusive, focus on Workforce Engagement to support students’ career preparedness. The Public Relations Associate collaborates closely with the Division of Workforce Engagement and the USM Career & Employment Hub team, as well as the University’s Public Affairs team. The Public Relations Associate maintains data, collects reporting information, and creates and guides the messaging on various media platforms for the University with specific focus on promoting internal and external messages pertaining to career-related services for students and developing narratives that illustrate internship possibilities, career outcomes, and ROI associated with a USM education.
About USM Public Affairs & Career & Employment Hub
USM’s Office of Public Affairs is responsible for telling the story of the University through strategic written and digital communications, the University’s social media presence, and via the traditional print and broadcast news media. By writing and developing content that illustrates the power of a USM education, the Public Affairs team informs and engages members of the University’s audiences, particularly prospective students and their families.
USM’s Career & Employment Hub assists students in connecting to their future by offering a variety of services from their first day on campus to years after they graduate. We support USM students through guidance on career exploration, self-assessments, resume and cover letter development, the internship search, interviewing skills, and more. We help USM students identify and cultivate their interests and strengths and connect them with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, experiences, and relationships necessary to become workforce-ready and achieve employment that aligns with their interests and strengths.
By emphasizing the development of content on student success, the Office of Public Affairs and Career & Employment Hub support the University’s Service Promise to be “student focused every day.” We live the USM Service Promise and seeka team member who understands that promise and supports our values of Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity, and Responsiveness.
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Bachelor’s degree and four or more years of related experience
Some experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, and Photoshop).
Experience building out a database and monitoring/updating web page content.
Project management skills and the ability to balance several projects with tight deadlines simultaneously with prioritization guidance from supervisor.
Familiarity with web design and social media platforms.
Ability to provide status updates to the team as needed to ensure timely and successful completion of projects.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Salary: $45,000. The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes holidays, vacation, and sick time; health, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; a tuition waiver program for employee and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement plan; and more.
Want to know more about employment, benefits, and local resources? Our Employment webpage has additional information to help you become more familiar with developing a new career at USM as well as exploring everything the Greater Southern Maine area has to offer.
Apply online at https://usm.hiretouch.com/view-all-jobs. You will need to create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will also need to upload a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae.
All required materials must be submitted by July 5, 2021. We are not able to consider applicants who require Visa sponsorship support.
Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.
The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, please contact: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System)
About University of Southern Maine
USM is the comprehensive regional and urban institution in the University of Maine System which is comprised of five academic units on three campuses. The Portland campus is located in Maine’s largest city (population 66,000), within a thriving economic and cultural region of the state, on beautiful Casco Bay. Gorham is 10 miles from downtown Portland in the midst of scenic New England countryside. Lewiston-Auburn is located midway between the coast and the mountains, 30 minutes north of Portland. Located a two-hour car drive north of Boston, Portland offers a low crime rate, lack of congestion, excellent cultural and outdoor activities, and a beautiful setting, just minutes from both beautiful sandy beaches and the famous rocky coast of Maine.