Founded in 1974, William James College is an independent, non-profit institution and a leader in educating the next generation of mental health professionals to support the growing and diverse needs of the mental health workforce. Integrating field work with academics, the College prepares students for careers as organizational leaders and behavioral health professionals who are committed to helping the underserved, multicultural populations, children and families, and veterans. William James College alumni can be found making an impact in a variety of settings, including schools, the courts, clinical care facilities, hospitals, the community, and the workplace.
The William James College Office of Marketing and Communications is seeking a writer and content creator to increase public awareness about College programs and initiatives and communicate impact through media relations and outreach activities. The ideal candidate will be a compelling storyteller with the ability to work across multiple channels and connect with a variety of audiences; who actively seeks to understand trends in mental health and behavioral health, psychology, and higher education; and who will work to foster relationships with community members and internal and external stakeholders.
Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications & Media Relations Associate aids in the development, oversight and implementation of internal and external public relations plans and activities to support the strategic initiatives of the College.
Essential responsibilities include: identifying and relaying information about topics of interest related to the College’s mission and creating content that connects the College with conversations about these topics; building relationships with College subject matter experts; promoting stories, events and expertise through multiple channels; contributing news content for the WJC website and to the College’s print magazine, Rapport; and serving as a secondary contact for media outreach and inquiries.
The Communications & Media Relations Associate will produce regular reports on communications activities, be a frequent contributor to social media plans, and will work closely with the College’s Marketing and Advancement teams. Occasional evening and/or weekend work may be required. Special projects and other duties as assigned.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Michelle Costa, Human Resources Recruiting Manager at HR@williamjames.edu.
William James College is an institution and a community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness and respect for all people. Our Inclusive Excellence model infuses diversity, equity and inclusion efforts into the core of institutional functioning to realize the educational benefits of diversity both locally and globally. We are committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for change agents in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society
Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, journalism, English, psychology, sociology, or a related field.
3-5 years of relevant experience in public relations, journalism, social media, or related communications.
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to practice sound judgment in communicating effectively with a diverse and high-level group of individuals in a diplomatic and professional manner.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
Ability to manage several projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines.
Discretion and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
Applicant must be able to assume employment in the U.S. without College sponsorship.
Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word.
Proficiency with web content management systems.
Photography or video editing skills, and desktop publishing experience.
Creativity and “outside of the box” thinking.
Prior experience in higher education or nonprofit organizations.
About William James College
From our new campus in Greater Boston, William James College educates students for careers that meet the growing demand for access to quality, culturally competent psychological services for individuals, families, communities & organizations both locally & around the globe. We offer graduate programs attentive to the needs of vulnerable populations including children of adversity and the needs of specific populations such as Latinos and veterans, as well as organizations and leaders on the forefront of creating social change.
William James College is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff dedicated to teaching, working and bringing psychological knowledge to the multi-cultural world community. We strongly encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences.