UMKC is looking for a dynamic, creative, collaborative public relations specialist with broad experience in digital content creation, media relations and social media strategy and execution to join our strategic communications team. This person's duties will include writing content to tell UMKC's story through a variety of earned and owned media for internal and external audiences; planning and creating content for the university's primary Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts; and working with faculty and staff in academic units to advise, consult, oversee and guide those individuals' use of unit-specific PR and social media strategies. The specialist should have extensive experience in news writing, digital content creation and popular social media platforms. Strong organizational skills and experience in meeting deadlines are necessary. The position reports to the Director of Strategic Communications within the Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications.
The job also requires someone who can:
Demonstrate ability to develop content ideas in multiple formats and quickly execute high-quality content in those areas.
Juggle a variety of projects, demonstrating ability to move quickly on short-term needs while making progress on longer term goals.
Demonstrate superb news judgment and writing skills.
Increase public visibility by developing and facilitating relationships with key campus and public constituents, including but not limited to academic units, campus leadership and local, regional, state and national media.
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary
A bachelor's degree in English, Journalism or Communications is preferred
Three to five years minimum experience in journalism and/or public relations and social media communications.¿
Strong news judgment.
Sound knowledge of editorial and journalistic principles and respect for deadlines.
Technical knowledge of all major existing social media platforms.
Familiarity with using Emma or other digital email platform, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn in a professional setting.
Firm understanding of social media strategy and how to leverage the various platforms for maximum benefit.
Experience with PR and social media management and analytics tools.
Understanding of social media strategies for higher education.
Superior interpersonal, written and oral communications skills.
Ability to develop effective working relationships with administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, benefactors, media and other key constituents.
Ability to exercise reasonable judgment, often under intense deadline pressure.
Strong organizational skills.
Proven track record of producing high quality print, broadcast and digital media content.
Creative problem-solving ability.
Ability to proactively identify communications opportunities and develop supporting content.
Full Time/Part Time
Full Time, benefit eligible
Salary starts at $19.47 per hour
Open until filled. Review of applications will start February 7th
Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.
Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).
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Founded in 1929 as the University of Kansas City, UMKC has expanded to three campuses, which house 11 different schools and colleges. We are a great university in one of America’s “smartest cities.” Today, UMKC is Kansas City’s 24th-largest employer, with over 3,500 staff and faculty supporting our more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. As a UMKC employee, you’ll belong to an engaged, diverse community. You’ll also enjoy many competitive benefits, including health, dental, life and other insurance plans; a comprehensive retirement program; and significant tuition assistance and reimbursement programs for employees and their qualifying dependents. For more information, visit the Benefits page. With career options in numerous fields, both academic and administrative, UMKC could be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for.