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Director, Public Relations
Director, Public Relations
Museum of Science, Boston
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Reporting to CMO, the Director, Public Relations, manages the department and team responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications strategies that advance the Museum of Science’s role and reputation with key local, regional, national, and international audiences, including the media, general public, educators, public officials, and science/technology industry. The Director, Public Relations will have a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging that will reinforce the Museum’s mission to “inspire a lifelong love of science in everyone.” This position supports the Museum’s initiatives with the goals of increasing awareness and changing perceptions about the Museum’s role in public science learning, our values and our impact in society. Strategic thinking and strong writing skills will help to articulate the Museum’s mission/vision/strategy, product portfolio (in Museums, Classroom and Online), institutional messaging, social media support, thought leadership platform, advocacy efforts, crisis communications, and more. The Director, Public Relations works closely with the President and CMO, as well as collaboratively across the organization, to ensure tight strategic and tactical coordination of all communications activities (messaging, outreach efforts, content, calendaring) with other marketing channels and the overall organization to maximize impact. This position manages a department and budget, as well as the external public relations agency, to ensure that all activities ladder up to overarching institutional objectives.
- Manage departmental activities including management of 3-4 direct reports.
- Manage a $500K budget directly.
- Collaborate on management of $3M marketing and communications budget.
- Manage thought-leadership platform of Museum President, including drafting/editing 6-8 op-eds annually, 100+ tweets annually, 25+ LinkedIn articles annually, remarks for 10+ events annually.
- Increase and develop relationships to approximately 2,000 media contacts, growing our impact locally, and expanding our footprint nationally and internationally.
- Lead communication efforts for 4-5 public-facing crisis situations annually.
- Collaborate on the Museum’s social media channels with over 200 posts annually to serve a combined audience of 225K.
- Oversee the production and distribution of a wide variety of media relations department content including ~100+ press releases, alerts, media advisories, fact sheets, press packages, bios, position statements, op-eds, articles, and other communications on an annual basis.
- Develop and oversee the execution of 40+ public and/or press events.
- Oversee and/or respond to 10-20 weekly incoming requests from media and 40 film and television inquiries. Provide oversight and guidance for the press openings and ongoing media coverage of permanent exhibits (2-3 annually), traveling exhibits (1-2 annually), online offerings and partnerships, Omni Theater shows (2-3 annually), Planetarium openings (1-2 annually), Subspace events (20+ annually), Town Halls (6-8 annually), advancement and other ad hoc events (10+ annually).
- Oversee incoming requests weekly — ranging from local and national media, broadcast requests, and film and television crews annually.
Full-time, 40 hours / week, Monday-Friday.
CMO, Marketing, Strategy and Communications
- Bachelors of Science or Arts degree
- 10 or more years of media relations and communications experience
- Demonstrated experience writing, editing and managing written communications
- Demonstrated progressive experience in public relations
- Experience developing strategic, integrated communication plans
- Demonstrated leadership skills and understanding of crisis communications
- Interpersonal skills, including managing and building team
- Demonstrated budget management skills
Exempt (Salaried). $115,000-$125,000 / year
Benefits for full-time, exempt (salaried) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, commuter spending account, 23 vacation days, 12 holidays, 10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, a Museum Membership, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!
Staff, interns, and volunteers will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. The Museum will consider an exemption from the vaccine requirement if they are unable to get vaccinated due to a qualifying medical disability or a sincerely held religious objection. The Museum is not required to provide an accommodation or exemption from the vaccine requirement if doing so would pose a direct threat to others in the workplace or would create an undue hardship for the Museum.
The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.
No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.
Job posted: 2022-11-06