Assistant Director of Media Relations

Founded in 1917, Providence College (PC) is a premier Catholic liberal arts institution steadfastly committed to academic excellence through a dynamic core curriculum, a distinctive Development of Western Civilization Program, and abundant experiential learning opportunities. The only U.S. higher education institution administered by the Dominican Friars, PC is committed to providing a variety of opportunities for intellectual, social, moral, and spiritual growth in a supportive environment. Providence College believes that cultural and intellectual pluralism is essential to the excellence of its academic programs, and strives to foster an academic culture and campus community reflecting the global environment in which we live and work.

The approximately 105-acre campus is situated in Rhode Island’s capital city and is close to the many cultural and educational offerings of Rhode Island’s “renaissance city.” Additionally, Providence is located an hour from Boston and just a few hours from New York City.

For years, Providence College has been recognized in the U.S. News & World Report “Regional Universities – North Category” and has been commended by several other ranking publications.

Posting Details

Position Title Assistant Director of Media Relations Overview

Manage the College’s relationships and daily interactions with local/regional print, broadcast, and online news media.

Essential Duties:

1. Manage the College’s daily interactions with local/regional print, broadcast, and online news media, including processing incoming requests to speak with/interview Providence College professors, faculty, and staff. Work with departmental leadership to choose the appropriate faculty or staff member to accommodate the specific media request, ensure his/her availability and willingness to speak with media, provide whatever information is necessary to best prepare the faculty or staff member for the interview, and provide contact information for that individual to the media in addition to confirming the date/time/place for the interview. At times, this may involve accompanying the individual to the interview and/or sitting in on the interview.

2. Proactively seek print, broadcast, and online opportunities to promote the College, its students, faculty, and staff in local/regional media, in alignment with the College’s Strategic Plan and current admission plans/goals.

3. Oversee regular maintenance and updating of the “Hot Topic” video section of the department’s web site, which requires arranging and interviewing select faculty and staff, shooting and editing video footage, and posting the completed videos on the web site.

4. Prepare each edition of the department’s “PC in the News” online newsletter for faculty and staff. This newsletter is published bi-weekly during the academic year and monthly during the summer.

5. Oversee the collection and dissemination of information to promote the College’s students in their hometown publications and broadcast media (i.e., Dean’s List, study abroad, service immersion trips, various academic honors, etc.). Coordinate with other departments as necessary to secure and disseminate this information. Collect similar relevant information about College faculty and staff (academic honors, research grants, fellowships, awards, etc.)

6. Develop an annual plan to provide media training for interested faculty and staff and execute, ideally so that training is provided once per semester for those interested.

Marginal Duties:

1. Perform all other duties as may be required.

Education and Experience Required

• Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution required.

• Minimum of four to five years’ experience in media/public relations, news writing, television production, and/or a related communications field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

• High degree of computer literacy, including familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, content management systems (SharePoint, WordPress), various photography and video editing suites (iMovie), and other programs.

• Excellent organizational skills.

• Problem solving skills and the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

• Ability to work effectively on multiple projects simultaneously.

• Sensitivity to the public relations implications of all news, events, and faculty expertise information made available to media outlets, and the impact of that information on the reputation of the College.

• Ability to work and communicate with a wide range of people, including reporters, editors, producers, bloggers, and web site editors, and members of the campus community, as well as executive and community leaders.

Physical Demands Employee Status Full Time Union Status Non-Union Shift: If other, please enter regular schedule. EEO Statement

Providence College does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, national and ethnic
origin, sex, gender, except where gender is a bona fide occupational qualification, sexual orientation,
gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, or genetic information. The College will develop,
and from time to time update, an affirmative action program and will insist on a good-faith effort on the
part of its employees to comply with the program. The College will request and expect its agents and
those with whom it conducts its affairs to meet the commitment of this important program.

Requisition Number AS429P Closing Date Open Until Filled Special Instructions to Applicants Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Documents Needed To Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Media File
  2. Portfolio
  3. Writing Sample

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