Public Relations Specialist

Job description

Job ID: 44312

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is located in Sarasota, Florida. For more about the Ringling, please see the "Other Information" section.


The Public Relations Specialist manages media relations for The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Responsibilities will include:

Writes news releases, media alerts, and PSAs; creates press kit materials suitable for the media. Maintains media distribution lists. Arranges and leads tours of Museum campus for visiting media. Uses golf cart for tours and visiting media. Manages internal communication initiatives.

Writes, edits, and approves website static content. Assists in the development of positioning statements, key messages, and responses to public inquiry.

Manages Speakers Bureau Program. Plans and executes a comprehensive Speakers Bureau Program in line with annual Museum objectives. Contacts organizations to schedule speaking engagements. Trains volunteers. Prepares materials for distribution. Reports on program activities to Marketing Director.

Manages Crisis Communication. Primary contact for media inquiries, interviews, and all internal communications relating to a crisis. Prepares talking points for Executive Director, Marketing Director, Board of Directors, and Senior Staff.

Plans media relations budget.


Bachelor's degree and two years of experience or a combination of post high school education and experience equal to 6 years.

Valid driver's license or the ability to obtain prior to hire.

Knowledge of public relations practices.

Knowledge of current media technology and trends.

Ability to write and/or proofread and edit written word and/or information in various formats including AP style.

Knowledge of applicable computer applications, social media, and computer functions.

Skill in public speaking.


Master's degree in appropriate area of specialization and two years of relevant experience.

Accreditation in Public Relations (APR).

Other Information

The Ringling is a preeminent center for the arts, history, performance, and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences. From its inception, The Ringling has joined the diverse visual traditions and theatrical spectacle of yesterday with the genre-defying global practitioners of today. A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling's campus in Sarasota, Florida--which includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, a historic home, an 18th-century theater and bayfront gardens--is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As the State Art Museum of Florida and part of Florida State University, The Ringling fulfills an important educational mission. The Ringling offers formal and informal programs of study serving as a major resource for students, scholars and lifelong learners of every age across the region, country, and around the world. For more information, please visit

Contact Info

For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext. 2605 or [email protected]

Anticipated Salary Range

Anticipated salary will be low to mid $40,000s + Florida state benefits available

Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

Soft Money Funded Position

This position is time-limited based on soft money funding, with renewal contingent upon available funds and the needs of the University.


Primary working hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; however weekends, evenings, and holidays may be required per the needs of the Ringling.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

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Job No:
Posted: 11/29/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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