Assistant Director of Media Relations

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Jan 25, 2022
May 18, 2022
Full Time
Assistant Director of Media Relations The George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, located on the Arlington campus, seeks a full time Assistant Director of Media Relations. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. Responsibilities: Assists the Assistant Dean for Strategic Communications & Marketing in the day-to-day management of an aggressive, pro-active media public relations program;Develops, reviews, and edits communication materials prior to release to the media;In collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Strategic Communications & Marketing, participates in the development and implementation of strategic communications and publicity plans for the law school;Provides guidance to key stakeholders within the law school regarding media activities such as story pitches, op-ed placement, and distribution of news releases;Provides editorial guidance and edits for media relations representatives and strengthens the team working environment;Writes, edits, and distributes news feature stories and other requested communication materials to ensure effective coverage of law school activities and initiatives;Manages assigned media and public relations campaigns and produces weekly, monthly reports to track campaign progress;Brings out-of-the box ideas for positive publicity and placements;Identifies and cultivates local, national, and international media contacts as part of a proactive strategy to aggressively increase coverage of the law school, its faculty and institutes/centers in support of the law school's strategic initiatives;Supports and identifies faculty experts who will respond to media requests;Prepares stakeholders/law school leadership for media opportunities and/or other public speaking engagements by preparing talking points, speeches, testimonies, or other remarks; andPerforms other job-related duties as required. Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Communications, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and considerable relevant experience (typically 5 yrs);Excellent storytelling skills: strong writing, editing, and oral communication with attention to detail; andDemonstrated capacity to process complex material and produce clear, concise and engaging press releases, feature stories, and other original content under deadline pressure.Preferred Qualifications: Experience in higher education media relations.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, a list of three professional references with contact information, and a writing portfolio with at least three samples of news articles, press releases or feature stories.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education. Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create. If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at! George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.