Director of Media Relations

Marist College
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Nov 8, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Alumni Affairs, Editing & Publications Management
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Title:

Director of Media Relations


College Marketing and Communications

Job Summary:

Marist is seeking a self-starting, seasoned Director of Media Relations who will direct and lead college-wide media relations and external communications and seek out ways to enhance the College’s brand and increase exposure through earned media placements. This position is responsible for executing and overseeing the writing, editing, production, and pitching of optimized content that promotes the Marist brand, strategic initiatives, research, and accomplishments. The ideal candidate will have a “whatever it takes attitude” and be able to quickly develop and implement compelling content for owned and earned media that supports efforts to attract the best students, to motivate alumni, parents, and donors, and to attract world-class faculty and staff. This position may include some hybrid/remote flexibility but will be primarily campus-based in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated track record of securing local, regional and national media placements and building influencer relationships
  • Minimum of 8+ years of related Media Relations experience
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills; flawless editing to support clear ideas
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, or public relations; Masters preferred
  • Proven ability to thrive in a fast-paced, results-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Self-starter who thrives in ambiguous environments and adapts easily to change
  • Able to work under pressure quickly, effectively, and efficiently
Essential Functions:
  • Plan, develop and lead national, regional, and local media relations programs that favorably positions the College
  • Proactively seeks stories from students, faculty, and staff to craft pitches to the media and tell Marist’s story to all external constituents and publications
  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications to craft crisis statements to the media that are approved by legal, the President, and various cabinet-level executives within the College
  • Serves as spokesperson on all critical and sensitive communications matters including crises and emergency communications
  • Work closely with the academic, alumni, and student affairs offices to build a faculty, alumni, and student influencer program
  • Collaborates with the Director of Internal Communications and Director of Marketing to develop and execute content and stories for distribution across digital platforms and to local, regional, and national media
  • Works directly with faculty and staff thought leaders on publishing editorial opinion pieces and letters to the editor; Develop and oversee faculty expert list
  • All other duties as assigned
Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in English, journalism, communications or public relations

Required Application Documents:

Cover Letter, Resume & Three Professional References

About the Department:

The Office of College Marketing and Communication has a primary focus to build national awareness of Marist and contribute to the growth of new student enrollment. The office achieves this by supporting and strengthening the Marist brand through thoughtful storytelling, editorials, videos, photography and creative visuals, and by collaborating with partners and our College community.

About Marist College:

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 385 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (10th Best Regional University/North, 5th Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. The College is top-ranked for long-term study abroad (#4 in the U.S.) by the U.S. State Department’s Open Doors report. Marist educates more than 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. To learn more, please visit

About the Hudson Valley Region:

The Hudson River Valley is known for its rich landscapes, sustainable-foods, diverse culture, and has a wide variety of vibrant cities and historic towns. Follow your sense of adventure, find great food around every corner, engage with a proud community, and be a part of history right at Marist in the heart of the Hudson River Valley. For more information about the Hudson Valley region, visit the link below:

Type of Position:




Months per Year:


Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm

Hours per Week:



Marist College main campus, Poughkeepsie, NY

This position may include some hybrid/remote flexibility but will be primarily campus-based in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Number of Positions Openings:


Equal Employment Statement:

Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under-represented.

Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.

Marist's policy of non-discrimination includes not only employment practices but also extends to all services and programs provided by the College. It shall be considered a violation of College policy for any member of the community to discriminate against any individual or group with respect to employment or attendance at Marist College on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition established by law.

Advertised: November 08, 2021 Eastern Standard Time
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