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Public Relations Specialist - COM

Kennesaw State University
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Kennesaw, Georgia
Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs

Public Relations Specialist - COM

Job ID: 249126
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
Find your wings at KSU!

Are you ready to join a community leading in innovative teaching and learning? Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. With our growing enrollment and global reach, we are enjoying increased prominence among Georgia's colleges. We offer more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to over 43,000 students. Our entrepreneurial spirit, high-impact research, and Division I athletics also draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Our university's vibrant culture, diversity, career opportunities, and rich benefits make us an employer of choice. We are searching for talented people to join our mission. Come to KSU and find your passion.

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

Job Summary
Provides strategic council and works collaboratively with dean(s) and department head(s) on media and public relations activities that enhance the reputation of college(s) and/or department(s). Works collaboratively with university marketing on projects (e.g. providing earned media support for campaigns, etc.). Responsible for writing for a variety of media, both print and electronic, which may include: news and feature stories for the Kennesaw State University Magazine, writing for internal and external communication platforms, press releases, stories for the web, and other projects as assigned. May work to pitch stories to the media and respond to requests for media experts.

1. Develops written content, including feature stories, news releases and media advisories, but may also include blog posts, social media content, marketing copy, talking points and other forms of communication to help promote the assigned college/departments and university

2. Proactively identifies and develops story ideas (student, faculty and alumni successes, college/university initiatives, research, etc.) by building relationships with colleagues from the various academic and administrative units

3. Leads media relations efforts for assigned college and/or departments

4. Provides strategic public relations counsel and serves as liaison between the assigned college(s) and central communications office

5. Assists in the development and enhancement of the annual communications strategic plan

6. Develops and maintains relationships with reporters, producers and other stakeholders

7. Works collaboratively with college and University partners

Required Qualifications
Educational Requirements
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a related field

Required Experience
Four (4) years of experience in Journalism, Public Relations or related field

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Ability to work independently, make decisions and multi-task to balance multiple priorities
Ability to build relationships, work collaboratively and exhibit professional demeanor
Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines

Working knowledge of Associate Press Style
Knowledge of journalism principles and techniques

Strong writing ability
Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e. Microsoft Office suite, cloud-based applications)
Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national, origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

Other Information
This is not a supervisory position.
This position does not have any financial responsibilities.
No, this position will not be required to drive.
This role is not considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time
This position does not require security clearance.

Background Check
Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.
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