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Assistant Director of Media Relations - (STA007873)

University of Houston
Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 3, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Alumni Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
Salary Band
Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assists the Director and Executive Director in the day-to-day management of an aggressive, pro-active media public relations program. Develops, reviews and edits communication materials prior to release to the media.

  1. In collaboration with the Director and Executive Director, participates in the development and implementation of strategic communications and publicity plans for the university. Provides guidance to colleges, departments, key stakeholders and university leadership regarding media activities such as story pitches, op-ed placement and distribution of news releases.
  2. Provides editorial guidance and edits for media relations representatives and strengthens the team working environment.
  3. Writes, edits, and distributes news feature stories, op-eds and other requested communication materials to ensure effective coverage of university activities and initiatives. Manages assigned media and public relations campaigns in assigned areas and produces weekly, monthly reports to track campaign progress.
  4. Brings out-of-the box ideas for positive publicity and placements, from ghost writing blogs and op-eds to polishing white papers.
  5. Identifies and cultivates local, national and international media contacts as part of a proactive strategy to aggressively increase coverage of the university, its faculty and programs in support of UH strategic initiatives.
  6. Supports and identifies faculty experts who will respond to media requests.
  7. Prepares stakeholders/university leadership for media opportunities and/or other public speaking engagements by preparing talking points, speeches, testimonies or other remarks.
  8. Performs other job-related duties as required.


Additional Job Posting Information :

This position is specifically focused on advancing the UH Energy initiative- the University’s collective effort to produce a trained workforce, needed innovations and new technologies for the energy industry.

Additional duties:

  • The Assistant Director of Media Relations will work closely with the Chief Energy Officer and various faculty and staff affiliated with UH Energy.
  • Position is responsible for managing and serving as primary editor of the UH Energy white paper series and blog hosted by Forbes, which involves editing, research, cultivating engaging blog topics and occasional writing.
  • Assistant Director provides guidance to UH Energy personnel on UH Energy social media content and strategy, including gathering relevant media clips featuring UH experts daily, for use on social media accounts.

Preferred Experience:

  • The ideal candidate will have thorough understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of the energy industry, including key issues in the energy transition and relevant policy and technical aspects of both hydrocarbon and renewable energy sources.
  • Knowledge of AP style required; editing experience and job experience related to the energy industry is preferred.

Qualifications :

Bachelors and 5 years experience

Requires a thorough understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of an analytical, technical or professional discipline; or the basic knowledge of more than one professional discipline. Knowledge of the discipline is normally obtained through a formal, directly job-related 4 year degree from a college or university or an equivalent in-depth specialized training program that is directly related to the type of work being performed. Requires a minimum of five (5) years of directly job-related experience.

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