The Director of News and Media Relations is responsible for managing the College’s relationship with the news media as well as playing a key role in improving the flow of information among campus constituencies. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications, the Director of News and Media Relations will be responsible for active engagement with journalists at all levels to advance the College’s institutional priorities and inform the public and campus community of key developments.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Maintain strong relationships with journalists, including those in national news organizations and higher education media, to secure coverage of institutional priorities.
Work with the Associate Vice President to manage crisis communications and respond to media inquiries.
Develop channels for internal communication to ensure campus stakeholder awareness of key initiatives.
Write campus news and feature content to support internal and external communications.
Support faculty and administration in writing for general audiences, including op-ed writing and engagement with news media for coverage of research.
Prepare faculty and leadership for media interviews.
Provide media training to faculty and administration.
Maintain close working relationships with student media to ensure accurate coverage of institutional practices, policies, and priorities.
Maintain an understanding of key issues in higher education affecting CMC, private colleges, and colleges and universities broadly.
Oversee policies on campus photography and filming.
Other duties as requested.
The successful candidate will also be able to perform the following essential functions:
Take and follow directions.
Work cooperatively with others.
Receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.
Display a positive attitude.
Balance multiple tasks and priorities
Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a liberal arts discipline.
EXPERIENCE: The successful candidate will have 5-10 years related experience in media relations, preferably in higher education. Two or more years of experience as a news reporter or editor is preferred.
LICENSES: A valid driver’s license or equivalent means of reliable transportation to off-site meetings and events is required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of knowledge skills and abilities.
Superior news judgement and awareness of media deadlines, production schedules, and audiences.
Ability to perform in fast-paced, high-pressure, unpredictable environment.
Proven ability to establish credibility and influence with opinion leaders and journalists.
Ability to mentor colleagues in media relations best practices.
Deploy professional skills in internal institutional and public communications in collaboration with colleagues, to best promote the College’s strategic interests.
Understanding of and ability to communicate the College’s identity, mission, and history as a selective residential liberal arts institution.
Demonstrate effective, accurate and clear communication with excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, reading, and leadership skills to supervise, facilitate, motivate and inspire a highly diverse group of employees.
Operate computers with basic Microsoft Office software (such as Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, and PowerPoint) and associated professional software like Raiser’s Edge. Demonstrate understanding of the use of technology/devices/equipment in assessing and improving division/department systems and processes to achieve annual goals and maintain confidentiality.
REQUIRED HOURS: The regular hours for this full-time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Holiday, weekend and evening work hours may be required. Travel may be required. Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College or division.
CLASSIFICATION AND STATUS: This is a full-time, 12 month, exempt level, benefits-eligible position.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light (up to 20 lbs.)
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: This position will supervise staff members as assigned by the Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications
GROOMING AND APPEARANCE: The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times.
BACKGROUND CHECK: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check. Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.
ADA/OSHA: This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position. It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.
AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT: Employment with the College is “at-will” meaning that the terms of employment may be changed with or without notice, with or without cause, including, but not limited to termination, demotion, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, duties, and location of work. There is no agreement express or implied between the College and you for continuing or long-term employment. While the College has every hope that employment relationships will be mutually beneficial and rewarding, employees and the College retain the right to terminate the employment relationship at will, at any time, with or without cause. The President is the only person who can modify or alter the at-will employment relationship
Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490. All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.
Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant's acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College's automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.
In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual’s disability.
An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC’s discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.