Public Affairs Manager #442798

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Position Title:

Public Affairs Manager #442798



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Marketing & Communications

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Job Summary:
The public affairs manager will oversee all media relations, write news releases, assist with crisis communications and other community oversight involving Lamar University as needed. The position plays a critical role within the university’s Marketing Communications team, reporting to the director of marketing.

•Cultivate and maintain relationships with media on a local, state and national level
•Support marketing initiatives across campus and our community
•Work with faculty, staff, students and alumni to build newsworthy content
•Arrange interviews, appearances, press conferences and check presentations among other events
•Ensure brand consistency in all efforts
•Organize and coordinate all campus announcements
•Write news releases and other writing as needed, especially for Cadence magazine and University Advancement
•Track media coverage through Critical Mention and other dashboards
•Report and quantify all external news involving the university
•Assist with strategizing crisis communication instances
•Serve as spokesperson for the university

Minimum Qualifications:

•Must be a team player in working with a group of creative individuals
•Self-starter and ability to work with or without specific direction
•Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
•Ability to organize, plan and delegate tasks
•Have a full understanding of media needs as well as evident relationships with media contacts
•Be proactive, reliable, responsible and accurate with an attention to detail
•Possess the ability to keep information confidential
•Tactical understanding of all primary social media platforms
•Ability to work in high-stress environments
•Demonstrate excellent oral communication and presentation skills
•Be able and willing to work outside of normal business hours
•Have a proven track record in public relations, public affairs or similar role
•5+ years of experience of direct involvement working with news media
•Ability to foster long-term relationships with key professionals
•5+ years of writing for various mediums, including but not limited to web, news releases and articles
•Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism or relevant field

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Veteran's Preference Statement:

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:
•Master’s degree in communications or related field
•Leadership experience of 3-5 years

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.



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Posted: 4/28/2021
Application Due: 7/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time