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.
- 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
- Prior experience working in a print, online or broadcast
- 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
$75K-$85K, Commensurate with experience
Writing Samples will be required with application
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal
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October 27, 2023