Media and Communications Strategist
American Association of University Professors
Department of External Relations
Media and Communications Strategist—Flexible Location
The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is pleased to announce a job opening for a Media and Communications Strategist in the Department of External Relations, which is responsible for the AAUP’s communications with members, leaders, and the public. This is an exciting opportunity at a critically important time for the AAUP and in the academy. We invite you to join us in our vital work to defend and advance the academic freedom, shared governance, due process rights, and economic security of the profession. This position involves building and maintaining positive public relations between the AAUP and the news media, AAUP chapter staff and leaders, members, and the public.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Primary responsibility for
- outreach to the media, including writing media releases, story pitches, and op-eds; maintaining and building relationships with reporters; and training other staff and members to be spokespeople
- developing media strategy
- logistics of the media program, including sending out media releases, maintaining a media database, and tracking coverage; and
- fielding incoming media queries, identifying and developing appropriate spokespeople within the AAUP, and helping to prepare staff and leaders for interviews.
- Lead responsibility for designing and implementing a social media strategy aimed at raising awareness of AAUP activities and engaging members and chapters. This includes making recommendations about social media use; analyzing performance data; helping maintain the AAUP’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, and creating, editing, distributing, and optimizing relevant text, graphic, and video content.
- Maintaining the media sections of our websites, including selecting and posting news items.
- Supporting AAUP campaigns of various types that are aimed at engaging and growing the membership, supporting chapter ground campaigns, and/or influencing policymakers.
- Providing guidance to chapters and members on communications and messaging, including one-on-one and through live or video trainings
- Other duties as assigned.
- Experience and demonstrated skill in media relations and social media strategy.
- Self-starting, with ability to manage projects with minimal supervision and handle multiple priorities and tasks in a deadline-driven environment.
- Three years of work experience in media relations, strategic communications, or related field required.
- BA or equivalent experience required. MA preferred.
- Superior written and oral communication skills.
- Computer proficiency, including working familiarity with MS Office suite and the ability to learn to edit and post on WordPress and Drupal websites.
- Work experience with membership organizations, advocacy organizations, labor unions, and/or higher education environment preferred.
- This position requires a valid driver’s license and the willingness and ability to travel occasionally throughout the United States, to work long, irregular hours and weekends as needed.
Salary range: $65,000 for minimum qualifications. Higher salary for preferred qualifications. Generous benefits package.
This Media and Communications Strategist position is categorized as a senior program officer position in the Department of External Relations and is part of the staff union bargaining unit. This is an exempt position and not eligible for overtime pay.
To apply, e-mail a résumé with cover letter, two writing samples, and the names and contact information for three professional references to [email protected] (references will not be contacted until after candidate interviews are held). If possible, please put all your application materials into one pdf file and name that file with your last name. No phone calls, please. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.
The AAUP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability, race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or other characteristics unrelated to professional performance.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.