Job Summary: Job ID: 496906 - FT - Unclassified (salaried)
Under the general direction of the Vice President/Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, the Director of News & Media Relations leads the news team at Miami University. The director has overall responsibility for leading the development, planning, implementation and monitoring of all Miami internal and external communications. The Director will also often serve as the university's spokesperson and be the primary contact for media outlets across the state and nation.
The person in this position will engage with news media on behalf of Miami University, both proactively and in response to incoming inquiries on institutional matters. Under the guidance of University Communications leadership and reporting to the VP/CMCO, the Director will lead a modern, proactive news team that collaborates with key constituents across the University, including the University’s main marketing team, to actively promote and elevate Miami University’s reputation and brand.
Leverage public relations and storytelling skills by leading the university news team and through collaboration with the marketing and digital media teams to support overarching goals of brand and reputation building by pursuing and securing news coverage in line with strategic and institutional priorities
Execute measurable PR strategies: collaborate with colleagues to develop key messages for thought leadership pieces; build and nurture media relationships through proactive pitches and targeted outreach; continually research outlets and journalists to expand PR capabilities.
Serve as the university’s public information officer in crisis situations. In partnership with the VP/CMCO, work with senior leadership to develop media relations strategies for issues management and crisis communication with an eye toward authentic messaging that best reflects the university’s brand. Participate in disaster drills, active shooter scenario training and other crisis communications exercises.
Leverage software/online tools and media services to promote faculty/staff expertise, accomplishments, and research. Work closely with faculty, deans, and academic affairs to source and promote scholarship.
Respond strategically to institutional media inquiries with appropriate statements and information. Research requested information and develop responses in coordination with campus units and subject matter experts.
Utilize social media platforms to target and follow influencers, including journalists, to tell and share news with a variety of audiences.
Promote student achievements to help drive recruitment and retention, in addition to awareness and reputation.
Cover/report on campus events through internal communication channels.
Develop/maintain robust digital newsroom content; generate frequent news releases and expert pitches and prepare faculty and staff to serve as expert sources; share content with journalists and media outlets.
Collaborate with the university’s data analytics team to monitor and report relevant trends
Identify and develop written communications in support of media relations activities, including fact sheets, talking points, press releases and similar materials.
Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with members of the news media and with key stakeholders within the university.
Coordinate with news media regarding their on-campus presence when relevant, in alignment with university policies.
Provide expert advice on issues management to senior leadership and play a key role in crisis communications
Working with the VP/CMCO help develop and pitch the University President as a subject matter expert through various channels, including op ed opportunities and strategic media interactions
Bachelor's degree and a minimum five years' progressively responsible integrated marketing communications, public relations, and crisis communications experience.
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Internal Number: 496906
About Miami University
“Miami University, a student-centered public university founded in 1809, has built its success through an unwavering commitment to liberal arts undergraduate education, with complementary quality graduate programs, and the active engagement of its students in both curricular and co-curricular life. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions. Faculty and staff are highly valued for their contributions toward the Miami experience. Employees enjoy a competitive benefits package and stable work environment as they work to support the university’s educational mission. Miami’s main campus is located in Oxford, Ohio, 35 miles northwest of Cincinnati, with regional campuses located in Hamilton and Middletown, Ohio, and a center in Luxembourg. Known as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, Miami, the nation's tenth oldest public university, is recognized for its striking red brick Georgian-style architecture and tree-shaded lawns. Take a Virtual Tour from our website.”