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Assistant Director of Communications & News, D.C. Area

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 27, 2023

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Media Relations and D.C. Area Communications, the Assistant Director will play a critical role in managing the editorial content and processes across the region; and promoting reputational awareness of D.C. area programs, research, and faculty experts in support of university priorities.

In partnership with the Director, the Assistant Director manages and evaluates the region’s content strategy and workflow, ensures alignment and coordination between written/visual storytelling. This individual regularly writes stories and related content for the university’s news platforms, VT News, and collaborate with colleges and units across the university, and will track/report stories’ reach and effectiveness.

The Assistant Director will serve as a liaison in the D.C. area to the Media Relations team in communications and marketing, collaborating frequently with communicators across campus to position/pitch stories, research, and faculty experts. This position will prepare and coordinate tip sheets, media advisories, and news stories.

This position will align messaging with social media, marketing, visual strategy, and campus wide strategic communications planning to raise awareness of VT in the D.C. metro area and connect the regional, Blacksburg and Roanoke presence.

Required Qualifications

- Master's degree in job-related field; or bachelor’s degree with experience equating to an advanced degree.

- Experience working in communications, media relations, journalism or related field.

- Knowledge of media and/or media trends.

- Demonstrated excellence in writing and editing.

- Demonstrated experience in meeting deadlines and manage competing priorities.

Preferred Qualifications

- Prior experience working in a print, online or broadcast newsroom.

- Knowledge of AP Style.

- Proficient in technology, social media platforms, and current industry digital applications and platforms.

- Proven ability to foster and maintain effective, collaborative relationships with the news media and university community.

- Experience handling sensitive and confidential information with appropriate discretion.

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Salary Information

$75K-$85K, Commensurate with experience

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Additional Information

Writing Samples will be required with application

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Advancement HR at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: October 27, 2023
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