Senior Public Information Officer

Riverside, CA
Feb 19, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Full/Part Time
Full Time

8AM - 5PM

$60,100 - $89,200

Position Information
The senior public information officer will enhance UC Riverside's reputation through reporting and disseminating peer-reviewed research and other news related to UC Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering, School of Business Administration, and its Research and Economic Development unit. The successful candidate will work with faculty and administration to distill complex research into engaging, relatable content aimed at a general audience. You will work as part of a collaborative team of media relations professionals in the University Communications division. This position requires an enthusiastic team player to work under limited supervision and to use discretion and judgment in building relationships, telling UCR's stories, and pitching those stories proactively to national media. Excellent communication, collaborative, and interpersonal skills are essential. Please note: Applicants for this position will need to submit samples of their work/portfolios for review by the selection committee. Cover Letter Required.

Minimum Requirements
Thorough knowledge of the location, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, objectives, programs and infrastructure.
Skill to maintain confidentiality.
Good judgment, political acumen, and thorough organizational skills.
Effective organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with limited oversight.
Demonstrated skill in independently composing written communication materials, for a variety of audiences, using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, composition, text editing, and proofreading skills. Demonstrated skill in writing concise, logical, grammatically correct, analytical or narrative communication/messages.
Thorough skills in understanding and effectively utilizing all news/media mediums including broadcast news, the internet, social media and other emerging technologies.
Thorough written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills, including a strong sense of a good story and understanding of the topics that may be of interest to various publics and will incorporate key location messages.
Thorough knowledge of the concepts and principles of news, media communications and media relations.
May require knowledge of specialty areas such as broadcast news including TV/radio, internet and other emerging technologies.

Preferred Qualifications
Skill in establishing and maintaining cooperative, friendly and professional working relationships.

Experience producing compelling, data driven stories.

Demonstrated knowledge of academic and research enterprises.

Experience in executive communications, including speechwriting.

Demonstrated skill in making oral and written presentations through various media formats to a wide variety of audiences to provide information, instructions, or explain subjects of interest.

Writing background that includes engineering and/or renewable energy research, preferably as a Public Information Officer with a university or research facility. Demonstrated skill producing press releases and stories in concert with faculty and researchers.

Interest and experience in working with university administration and faculty to produce OpEd page submissions.

Skill and experience in identifying and relating to contemporary issues in light of accomplishments by university faculty and research entities.

Proficiency in applying Associated Press Style standards. Working knowledge of media database platforms such as Cision, Meltwater, etc.

Demonstrated extensive and progressively responsible experience in writing/marketing, journalism or related experience.

Additional Information
In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities'air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UC Riverside is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the country boasting several key rankings of which we are extremely proud.

  • Washington Monthly (August 2016) ranked UC Riverside 12th in the nation in its annual University and College Survey.
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  • Education Trust placed UC Riverside 9th in the nation for closing the graduation gap between black and white students by 1.7 percentage points.

  • In QS World University Rankings 2016/2017, UC Riverside's Department of Philosophy is #1 in the world for the frequency with which published papers are cited by other philosophers.

  • U.S. News and World Report Survey (September 2016) ranked UC Riverside 118th overall; earns "Great Schools, Great Prices."

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (August 2016) Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UC Riverside among the top 151 to 200 institutions. This survey bills itself as "the most trustworthy precursor of global rankings of the world's top 500 universities."

  • U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools (2016) including:

    • Graduate School of Education - 62nd among ranked schools

    • Bourns College of Engineering - 71st among ranked schools

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview


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