Media Relations Specialist

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Job Description Summary:

George Washington University's Media Relations Specialist for research and science will promote the university's scientific and research efforts, including social and physical sciences in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus, the School of Nursing, and special university research initiatives. The ideal candidate has experience as a news reporter and has superb writing and editing skills, with a proven track record of translating complicated research and science into material that is interesting and easy to understand.

Responsibilities of the Media Relations Specialist include:

Advises and coordinates with university leadership and faculty in beat areas to identify and develop opportunities for media coverage of university experts, announcements and initiatives. Works independently and exercises independent judgment in pitching stories to news media, facilitating interviews with GW leaders and experts, responding to media inquiries, and serving as a media relations representative at high profile events. Develops and maintains relationships with external media.

Works independently to conduct research, interviews, and writes and edits copy for external media and university publications. Writes news releases, news tips cutline, etc, for dissemination to the news media. Prepares media reports and other information to highlight media placements.

Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

Experience managing media logistics for high profile events and developing and implementing media strategy and tactics; to include pitching and staffing media interviews and advising administrators on media relations strategy and tactics.

Experience serving as a spokesperson is highly desired.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: External Relations Family Comm, Mktg & Media Sub-Family Media Relations Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 2 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40+ Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: No Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:

Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S007227 Job Open Date: 05/15/2018 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * What is the highest level of education that you have obtained?
    (Open Ended Question)
  2. * What is your salary range expectation?
    (Open Ended Question)
  3. * Describe your experience working on science related communications projects?
    (Open Ended Question)
  4. * How do you consume media? What are your main sources of news and information (newspapers, magazines, radio, television, online)?
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

    Documents needed to Apply
    Required Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
    Optional Documents





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      Posted: 5/16/2018
      Application Due: 5/19/2018
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