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Director of News & Media Relations

Company: Old Dominion University
Location: Norfolk
Posted on: February 23, 2021

Job Description:

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying for the opening. To apply for the position, please click the Apply for this Job link/button. If you would like to--bookmark this position for later review, click on the Bookmark link. If you would like to print a copy of this position for your records, click on the Print Preview link. This position will enhance the University's reputation and image through public relations functions, including formulating strategies, crafting messages and building relationships. Other duties include: lead the operation of the News and Media Relations team, including the conception, development, creation and dissemination of news, research and/or strategic communications and public relations and reputation management initiatives; communicate with a diverse audience, including news media, internal and external stakeholders, key industry and government constituents and the community-at-large; serve as editor of InsideODU, Monarch Mailer, and the University's official news site. Type of Recruitment General Public Minimum Qualifications Master's degree in marketing, communications, journalism, public relations or related field; a bachelor's degree with experience equivalent to a master's degree may be substituted. Considerable experience working in public relations and communications. Considerable experience supervising staff. Considerable experience working with diverse internal and external constituents. Experience in crisis management and resolving issues through public communications and correspondence. Extensive knowledge of journalistic style, English grammar and design. Considerable knowledge of public relations and publications principles, concepts and techniques. Must be both strategic and detail-oriented and can work proactively and effectively with minimal supervision. Excellent writing and interpersonal skills. Exceptional verbal and written communication and presentation skills with confidence to serve as the university's spokesperson when needed and media train university leaders, faculty and staff. Strong oral communications skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with others and to speak in public. Strong proofreading and editing skills. Ability to work in a fast-paced, highly matrixed environment with changing priorities and requirements. Demonstrated ability to manage an office composed of various sub-units and supervise employees. Must have excellent digital and social media skills, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Strong media relationships are a must; experience in national, broadcast, and digital media required. This position will also require knowledge of local media. Must be organized and detail-oriented with exceptional time management and multitasking abilities. Passion for emerging media trends. Preferred Qualifications Professional experience in writing, website content or marketing for higher education. Professional experience utilizing social media. Experience using web content management systems. Experience in higher education administration. Writing and newsroom experience. Conditions of Employment Job Open Date 02/11/2021 Open Until Filled Yes Application Review Date 03/08/2021 Job Close Date Special Instructions to Applicants / Additional Materials Required Criminal Background Check The final candidate is required to complete a criminal history check. Department Information ODU's brand is a reflection of the ODU experience and serves as the foundation of our identity. University Strategic Communication & Marketing is the central authority and resource for campus communications and the University brand. Strategic Communication and Marketing works to position Old Dominion University as a forward-focused leader in research, innovation, teaching and community engagement; enhances the University's reputation and is the official producer of news about the University. Equity Statement It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Reasonable Accommodation Request If you are an individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodation, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity at (757) 683-3141. Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a state-assisted, Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. Its 24,000 students, including over 6,000 graduate students, form a diverse and multicultural community in six academic colleges. Through a collaborative and innovative approach to education and research, the University focuses on student learning and addresses critical needs in the professions. ODU's programs are offered on the main campus, at higher education centers in the region, and at numerous distance learning sites. Required Documents

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