College of Professional Studies
Communications / Public Relations Specialist
Commensurate with Experience
Standard University business hours
8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)
Hours may vary based on operational needs.
Unionized Position Code
This position will serve as the Communications & Public
Relations Specialist for the College of Professional Studies and
joins a team responsible for promoting the mission, vision,
reputation, brand awareness, and visibility of the College of
Professional Studies at Syracuse University through media,
publications, and web/electronic communication. The incumbent will
be responsible for writing, editing, and proofreading content
across multiple programs, platforms, and formats that will assist
in driving awareness, engagement, and fundraising. The
Communications/PR Specialist will develop standards, systems, and
best practices for content creation, maintenance, retrieval, and
repurposing. The position closely coordinates with the
communications team, directors, leadership, and numerous external
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required (Public Relations,
Communications, Journalism, English).
- Three (3) plus years of public relations, copywriting/editorial
- Experience in executive speechwriting, talking points and media
Job Specific Qualifications
- Exceptional writing, editing and verbal communication
- Strong relationship building, collaboration, and interpersonal
- Proficiency in MS Office suite and Analytics.
- Familiarity/Interest in or affiliation with the veteran and
- Plans, writes, edits, and proofs content for publications,
digital tools, websites, collateral, speeches, and press
- Serve as primary editor for communications content.
- Establishes and manages workflow for requesting, creating,
editing, publishing and retiring content.
- Develops standards, systems and best practices for content
creation and maintenance.
- Works collaboratively with communications team, directors, and
leadership to identify content to effectively attract and retain
- Develop written materials to advance the cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship of donors.
- Research and compile alumni profiles and donor features that
tell stories of engagement and philanthropy, interviewing donors,
faculty, staff, students and alumni as needed.
- Coordinates and manages assets in photography, video, and audio
- Assists with social media strategy, and editorial calendar
- Tracks and reports all results, trends, and statistics as
Collaboration with the Division of Marketing and
- Build relationships with key media contacts and identify
opportunities to proactively pitch brand and corporate stories as
- Drives audience awareness and engagement across marketing
- Develops and maintains media lists and relationships.
- Leads the development, implementation, and measurement of
external and internal media-based communication plans.
- Develop written materials including press releases, Q&A,
media standby statements.
- Follow established university brand standards, governance, and
- Work with the University’s editorial calendar.
- Coordinate content with the Division of Marketing and
Communications’ content strategy team and develop content
consistent with University brand approach.
- Support the Division of Marketing and Communication’s media
relations team’s earned media strategy specific to the College of
Professional Studies, identify newsworthy pitch angles, liaise to
schedule interviews, and bring opportunities to completion.
- Create and share stories about the College of Professional
Studies and the accomplishments of faculty, students, and alumni
worldwide in coordination with Marketing and Communications Content
and Communications teams.
- Collaborate with Syracuse University’s Division of Marketing
and Communications to advance University-wide goals.
In addition to completing an online application, please attach a
resume and cover letter.
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