The Director of University Communications, under general direction, manages the development and implementation of university news and publications, leads internal and external communication efforts, and serves as the focal point for developing, coordinating, writing, and editing publications, news stories, and other appropriate exposure for research and activities.
In-office position in Stephenville Texas with work hours of Mon-Fri; 8 AM-5 PM or as work requirements indicate which may include afterhours, weekends, and holidays. Must be able to work remotely at the request of the University.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:Â
Leads in the strategic planning and coordination of public relations efforts including press conferences, executive media training, and relevant communication with regional and National media.
Develops and maintains ongoing relationships with local, state, and national media representatives and responds to media requests. Also serves as the primary point of contact to the Texas A&M University System.
Conducts media relations programs for selected events or activities. Serves as campus representative at selected events as assigned.
Initiates and coordinates television, radio, digital, and print media for important events and announcements.
Leads, monitors, analyzes, and evaluates news outlets regarding the university image.
Leads strategist for university internal communication.
Leads the production of scripts and speeches. Documents executive meeting sessions and transcribes for staff, as requested.
Maintains media archives.
Leads in proactively responding to crises and other media inquiries.
Establishes and maintains communications with departments and the media for the purpose of promoting and disseminating information to the public.
Manages and directs the members of the News and Publications staff for the Marketing and Communications department to serve the written needs of the university strategically and effectively.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelorâ™s degree in journalism, communications, business, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ten years of related experience in marketing, media or public relations, advertising, communications, or related field with recent experience in higher education or in a higher education supporting organization; Including three years of supervisory experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Superior writing, editing, presentation, and organizational skills. Demonstrated knowledge and expertise with technology-assisted communications and marketing.
Proven ability to generate imaginative solutions and create cost-effective alternatives, including the ability to proactively position university experts and news stories with media outlets.
Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others. Interpersonal and communication skills. Planning and organizational skills.
This position requires work beyond normal business hours, weekends, and holidays; Must be able to work remotely at the request of the university.
Commensurate with experience
The target base annual salary is $79,000 and may be negotiable based on funding availability and candidate experience/skillset in relation to the minimum requirements of this position. Tarleton State University offers a career filled with purpose and opportunity in addition to competitive wages. As part of the Tarleton family, the following benefits are also available to full time and qualifying part time employees:
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