Director of Media Relations

Grinnell, Poweshiek County / Oakland Acres, Poweshiek County
May 14, 2014
The Director of Media Relations plans, organizes, and manages a comprehensive media relations program; serves as the primary contact with national, regional, and local media. The director is responsible for crisis communication to external audiences and for working with the Coordinator of Internal Communications on campus communications. The director also works with senior leadership on communication strategies around issues management. The media relations program is responsible for news generation and pitches from the College about events, people, and programs of interest to a variety of external audiences. Support for this program is available through ongoing consultation with New York based marketing and public relations firm Cooper/Katz. The Director of Media Relations is also responsible for planning, managing, and maintaining the news sections on the College’s website and writes for college publications as needed. The director supervises the Social Media Specialist and Media Relations Assistant. Qualifications: Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred) with at least 5 years successful experience in media relations. Work in higher education, preferably at a liberal arts institution, is desirable. An ideal candidate also possesses strong organizational skills, attention to details, ability to maintain confidentiality, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Application Process: Please submit applications online by visiting our application website at Candidates must upload a cover letter, resume and three employment-related references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at (641) 269-4818 with questions.