Communications Officer, YCC Media Relations & Audience Development
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Internal Number: 76445BR
1. Manages relationships with external media sources. Pursues media coverage creatively and aggressively. Responds to inquiries from national and international news media, student media, the University community and the general public. 2. Enhances the overall quality of media relations for key stakeholders by preparing them for media interviews. Manages relationships with key campus stakeholders with a high degree of professionalism, judgment and understanding of stakeholder goals. 3. Creates compelling story ideas and narratives; produces content for both external and internal channels; writes copy and social media posts and manages content. 4. Plans social media strategies for key University communications and programs. Monitors University social media assets for negative comments or misinformation. 5. Supports short- and long-term communication planning with insights into audiences, channels and culture; coordinates with other communications professionals to achieve institutional goals; leads the communications process within developed standards and protocols. 6. Supports effective response strategies, often in crisis situations requiring 24/7 attention and intense media/public scrutiny, and articulates the University's position via personal interviews or written responses. 7. Produces multimedia content and manages the work of graphic and web designers, student interns, printers, video producers and photographers. 8. Manages communication plans for all stakeholders by understanding the significance of campus initiatives and/or academic work; creates compelling stories and messages to translate the significance through language that is clear and accessible for public awareness. 9. Develops and maintains regular contact with media representatives in multiple disciplines. 10. Maintains the Yale brand and graphic identity standards; supports and maintains standard operating procedures; contributes to digital asset management. 11. May perform other duties as assigned.
Preferred Education: At least five years experience in media relations and writing. Science and/or health care experience preferred.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: At least five years experience in media relations and writing. Science and/or health care experience preferred.
Required Skill/ability 5: Proficiency working in the Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to identify and learn new technology.
Posting Position Title: Communications, Officer
Required Skill/ability 3:
Excellent writing and communication skills with a keen eye for grammatical errors or confusing text. Outstanding organizational skills and very detail-oriented.
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
University Job Title: Communications Officer, YCC Media Relations & Audience Development
Required Skill/ability 1: Significant ability with, or very strong interest in, science, medicine, and oncology content. Ability to develop relationships with faculty and other stakeholders in order to grow the media presence of Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital.
Required Skill/ability 4: Understanding of earned media and a history of successful, metrics-proven media or media relations experience.
Required Skill/ability 2:
Knowledge/ability with computers and relevant software applications pertinent to media relations and audience development.
Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism, Communications or related field and five years of experience in public relations, journalism, television, corporate communications or agency work or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience in developing communications for a range of media and working with creative professionals in design, photography or video.
Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.