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University Relations is looking for a Media Relations Specialist to join our Media Relations team, this position will have a primary focus of enhancing media coverage of Cornell University through an aggressive program of media relations. Learn more about our organization, and explore other opportunities on our careers page.
The MRS services media requests, develops, writes and pitches story ideas to journalists, arranges interviews, organizes and hosts and media events in alignment with University goals; and facilitates contacts between university faculty, administration and students with journalists in the national, international and local/regional news media.
What you will do:
The Media Relations Specialist visits newspapers and broadcast media to make personal contacts and helps maintain current experts' lists for the Media Relations Office. Partners with colleagues at the Cornell Chronicle, as well as other communications partners across campus to scout, research and develop story ideas to maximize coverage and visibility of Cornell's research and faculty expertise. Occasionally works with the Director of Media Relations, the Senior Director of Media Relations and News and the VP of University Relations and senior leadership on official university responses to media requests.
Media Relations is a 24/7 office and the MRS rotate an on-call schedule for emergencies.
The MRS also advises on media strategies, writes briefings, and conducts media training for faculty, staff, students and administration.
This position is located in Ithaca, New York. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the University's need to limit the number of on-campus employees, the successful applicant will be asked to perform this role remotely at a location of their choice in the United States for a limited period of time until the University can permit more employees to work on campus.
The New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.
The position has an anticipated start date of July 2021.
We are looking for candidates who are excited about promoting Cornell's academic and institutional leadership, partnering with communicators across campus to amplify their stories, and leveraging those stories to attract media attention for the university. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please include both a Resume and Cover letter with your application materials.
You will need:
Bachelor's degree and three- to five-years' experience in journalism/communications and speaking with media, equivalent combination of education and experience.
Excellence writing, editing and verbal skills.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, have the ability to plan, organize, anticipate needs, and manage projects, and foster positive working relationships with a diverse population within the university and externally.
Must have an understanding of 24-hour news cycle and media markets.
If you have any of the following, it's a great bonus:
Experience in or demonstrated interest in one or more of the following is desirable: university affairs, international affairs, humanities, science/technology, or business and economics.
Working experience in a professional media news setting, including on-deadline reporting.
Experience in, or demonstrated ability to, draft media releases from primary or secondary sources, plan interviews and media events; and develop and coordinate, with the direction of the director, media outreach campaigns in Ithaca and at remote locations as needed.
What we offer:
Great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions: 3 weeks of vacation, 12 university paid holidays (including end of year winter break through New Year's Day) and superior retirement contributions.
An active and diverse community to work and thrive in! Cornell is situated in picturesque Ithaca, New York, the heart of the Finger Lakes. Ithaca is home to two academic institutions, state parks, waterfalls, gorges, and a wide range of art galleries, theaters, eateries, wineries, and breweries. Ithaca has something to suit all ages and interests!
No Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
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Communication Spec III
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