Rutgers University – Camden — Senior Public Relations Specialist

Rutgers University–Camden Marketing and Communications is seeking a Senior Public Relations Specialist. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communications, this position manages from beginning to end, a broad range of high-profile publications that promote Rutgers University–Camden to key audiences. This staff member exercises broad independent judgment, demonstrating a high level of initiative and appropriate decision-making in the conceptualizing, planning, and producing of all aspects of these key publications.

The position requires extensive knowledge of reporting, writing, editing, and publishing, as well as a deep understanding of issues specific to higher education communications and alumni relations. Keen research ability and problem-solving skills are important aspects required to handle this role. These publications include but are not limited to; the biannual Rutgers–Camden Magazine in print and online, the biannual Arts and Events brochure, and the annual commencement program. This staff member is often called up on to create additional publications promoting various programs and aspects of the university, as well as some online content. This staff member is responsible from the first stages of planning through the creation, production, and ultimate delivery of all of these publications.

The position has strong influence on the strategic direction of the publications. The position impacts all elements of the publications that inform and influence alumni, faculty, staff, students, other key external audiences, such as donors and legislators, as well as prospective students and parents.

This position collaborates with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and frequently delegates tasks to departmental team members. The incumbent will provide oversight on a routine and project-based basis, as well as the provide direction to outside freelance writers, designers, photographers, and printers. The position also formulates, maintains, and communicates policies and procedures regarding the publications to team members and external stakeholders.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in English or Communications and a minimum of five years of relevant experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities for multiple constituents
  • Strong organizational, project management, and interpersonal skills
  • Proficient with MS Office applications including, Word, Excel, and photo editing tools
  • Experience with web content management system Word Press.
  • Extensive knowledge of writing style guides, such as the Chicago Manual of Style and Associated Press Style Guide

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in relevant field preferred, and ten or more years of experience in communications or public relations, preferably within an academic environment.

Software Utilized

  • WordPress
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Photo Editing
  • Adobe Acrobat

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • This position may require evening or weekend hours at times, in order to cover events and activities that take place outside of regular business hours. Travel to off-campus locations for event coverage may also occasionally be required.

Apply online at https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/176686

Required Documents

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Writing Sample 1

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

This position is subject to all Rutgers University policies, including TB surveillance and other infection control and safety policies. Please review the Tuberculosis Surveillance Policy for additional information.

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address: http://uhr.rutgers.edu/non-discrimination-statement

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