Public and Media Relations Specialist

08 Nov, 2020


Public and Media Relations Specialist

Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

Application Information


Reporting to the Manager, Executive Communications, the Public and Media Relations Specialist provides strategic communication support to engage faculty, students, and staff into pathways for successful reputation-building of the university and visibility for their accomplishments; represents University Communications at interdepartmental meetings and with consultants or vendors to the department; solicits campus-wide input for establishing and maintaining department policies and procedures; provides support for public and media relations activities; interacts and enables transparent information among all staff communicators within the university; and determines content and develops talking points and presentations for the university’s use.

I. Provides the Manager, Executive Communications with information to effectively implement strategic communication plans at the university.

II. Supports media relations activities with our external public relations firm, mainstream and deaf media and the community, and recommending appropriate responses by the Office of University Communications and the university.

III. Tracks media coverage of the university and its employees, and provides reports and analysis.

IV. Supports public relations projects and programs, representing University Communications with digital media such as e-news, stories for the website, and promotional events that support university initiatives.

V. Provides written stories, thought leadership, and other media related articles for publication.

VI. Participates in cross-functional initiatives and teams as assigned.

VII. Develops talking points, presentations, and quotes for university officials and representatives.

VIII. Partners with colleagues as needed for accomplishing projects on schedule.

IX. Maintains engagement with other communications-based offices around campus including Clerc Center, VL2, Athletics, etc., and external affiliates to yield greater visibility for media opportunities throughout the University and externally.

X. Establishes and maintains a positive and supportive working relationship with co-workers and supervisor.

XI. Shows a genuine commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace; and participates in activities and workshops to foster continuous learning.

XII. Serves as a mandatory Title IX reporter; and takes annual Title IX training as part of the compliance effort.

XIII. Performs other related duties as assigned.



Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • A minimum two years of related work experience.
  • Paraprofessional and/or internship experience will be considered.
  • Fluency in American Sign Language and English.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in English, communications, journalism, mass media, or media studies.
  • Proficiency with office suites, particularly Microsoft Office and Google Apps.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and analytics.
  • Demonstrated experience in public and media relations settings.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of Teamwork, Slack, and media aggregator programs
  • Strong organizational skills, great attention to detail, and ability to manage several projects simultaneously and prioritize across multiple projects.
  • Familiarity with higher education landscape and structure.
  • Awareness of university life.

The successful candidate will undergo a background check that must be cleared prior to working at Gallaudet University.

Gallaudet University is an equal opportunity employer/educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, age, hearing status, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, place of business or residence, pregnancy, childbirth, or any other unlawful basis.   This policy is in compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, and other applicable laws and applies to all procedures affecting applicants and employees including, but not necessarily limited to: recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, reassignment, reappointment, tenure, demotion, selection for training, layoff, furlough, and termination, compensation, and all other conditions or privileges of employment.

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Job posted: 2020-11-08