Director of Media Relations and Communications

Job description

With 7,500 students and nearly 100,000 living alumni, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY is addressing the global challenges facing the 21st century—to change lives, to advance society, and to change the world.

To ensure that Rensselaer’s stories of change are widely heard, the Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Relations seeks a pro-active public and media relations professional to serve as Director of Media Relations and Communications.  The successful candidate will develop, oversee, and execute a strategy to communicate Rensselaer’s goals and initiatives to its internal and external constituencies. The Director will develop and execute a strategic and comprehensive communication plan for print, non-print and digital media to strengthen the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute brand.  As a working manager, the Director will lead a team of communications professionals in the pro-active pitching and placement of Rensselaer’s stories to a national audience. In addition, the Director will establish metrics and measures to ensure efficacy.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in a related discipline such as journalism, communications, media relations, web-based communications or a science-related discipline. In addition, candidates must have at least seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience as a public relations professional, science writer, public information officer, communications professional, or other related position.  Experience must include the successful pitching and placement of stories to media. Experience also must include operational activities of website(s). Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to developing a team, and be skilled at organizing resources and establishing priorities. Experience at a university, government agency, research laboratory, or scientific society is a plus.

Qualified parties who wish to be considered for this opportunity must visit  Use the “apply for this job” link to complete a short online application. You will be required to upload a current resume, a cover letter, and two writing samples. One of the writing samples will be a press release, and the other may be a feature, or other piece that you feel exemplifies your writing ability in light of this position.

For assistance with the online application process, please contact Ms. Kathy McNamara at [email protected].

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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Job No: 004298
Posted: 2/27/2018
Application Due: 4/28/2018
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