Information Officer III

Wayne State University
Michigan, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 18, 2022

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

Posting Details

Posting Number

Position Title
Information Officer III

Number of Vacancies

04 - Fine & Performing Arts

Primary Department
H0401-Deans Off Fine, Perf & Comm Arts

Working Conditions
Wayne State University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Essential Functions (Job Duties)
Develop and implement social media campaigns promoting university/school/college/division events. Coordinate and participate in writing and editing major and/or sensitive news stories while serving as key media relations contact or publicist to enhance and promote the image of the University including its schools, colleges and divisions in the areas of research, academics and community service. Specialized knowledge of journalistic practices and principles is expected in handling important controversial subjects and in establishing effective relations with outside news media and internal/external constituents .


- Coordinate and participate in writing and editing major and/or sensitive news releases and feature articles, publications and other informational pieces for print and electronic media publicizing significant academic, cultural, sports, or other activities of the University. Oversee writing, editing, layout, design and photo selection for promotional brochures, pamphlets, advertisements and other publications.

- Participate in all phases of production of internal and external social media campaigns and monitor social media streams including story selection, content and placement, headlines, photos and graphics, layout and any other production activities. Coordinate special purpose publications as needed.

- Oversee, obtain and verify information for staff reporters. Provide assistance in the identification of possible interview sources in connection with general news events. Initiate and develop original story ideas and adapt material to established media practices and standards; perform copy editing and re-write articles.

- Serve as key media relations contact or publicist. Arrange press conferences and other such informational events to keep print and electronic media apprised of major activities of the University. Maintain extensive contacts or liaison role with editors, reporters and other local, State and national media representatives.

- Participate in production of radio programs which includes preparation of scripts, tape interviews and testing activities. Write and edit radio and television spots or public service announcements, e.g. snow closures, conferences, etc.; contact print and electronic media for placement of informational pieces on University events.

- Represent the department at seminars, speeches conferences and meetings of editorial organizations to keep current with journalistic practices and to establish and maintain on-going contact with media representatives. Work with selected committees and groups to plan special events and activities, i.e. Festival Days, etc.

- Participate in special projects and assignments. Prepare scheduled reports and summaries; coordinate production of special publications or series of printed materials.

- Perform related work as assigned.

Unique Duties


- Graduation from an accredited college or university or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Coursework or major concentration in journalism, English, mass communications, or public relations is necessary.

- Experience in social media practices.

- Considerable experience in newspaper or editorial work is necessary.

- Excellent oral and/or written communications skills.

- Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of Journalism.

- Ability to initiate and develop original story ideas and to adapt such materials to established media standards.

- Ability to coordinate and participate in writing and editing major new stories.

- Ability to organize and prioritize work assignments to meet established deadlines.

- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships between print, electronic media and the University community.

- Typically, incumbents have held lower level Information Officer positions or have had previous newspaper or editorial experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Testing Requirements
Not Applicable

Test Scheduling

Job Type

Job Category
Professional/Administration & Supervisory/Management

Duration of Posting

Fiscal Year of Job Open Date

Job Open Date
(When job is posted in the system)

Job Close Date
(or until suitable candidate is found)
Until Suitable Candidate is Found

Is this position reposted?

Reposting Reason:
None (New Posting)

Application Information

Background Check Requirements
University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting to work. If you are offered employment, the University will inform you if a background check is required.

Instructions for submitting your application:

Represented Position Message
This position must be filled pursuant to the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement, and as such may be filled by a qualified bargaining unit member, should one apply.

Funding/Salary Information

Salary (Minimum)
(Non-Academic Only)

Salary (Hire Max)
(Non-Academic Only)

Salary (Maximum)
(Non-Academic Only)

Hourly Rate
(Non-Academic Only)

Salary Range
(Academic Only)

Is Position Bump Ineligible?
(Non-Academic, Represented positions only. Select 'No' for Academic. Select N/A if Non-represented.)
**NOTE: If 'Yes' is selected, then this is a Bump Ineligible Position (BIP). The person who bids or hires into this 100% grant funded position has no bumping rights upon grant expiration or in a reduction of force.

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