National Media Relations Manager
University of South Florida

Job ID: 24498
Location: Tampa, FL
Department Number/Name: 0-0620-000 / Univ Communication & Marketing
College Division: UCM-Communications and Marketing
Salary Plan: Administrative
Job Code/Title: 4333 / Communications & Marketing Mgr
Hiring Salary/Salary Range: $62,500.00-$74,000.00/year
Position Number: 00042314

Position Summary:
The National Communications Strategist is responsible for raising the University of South Florida’s national profile by securing coverage in national media stories about important higher education topics or trends. The National Communications Strategist also finds opportunities, such as speaking engagements or written materials, to further position USF as leaders in the higher education industry.

This position reports to the Director of Media Relations and will collaborate with colleagues across the university.

Strategically develop story pitches for national media that will help enhance USF’s reputation, position the university as a leader in the higher education industry and advance institutional goals, such as national ranking improvements. Help maintain consistent coverage for USF in media outlets outside of the Tampa Bay region and state of Florida.

Build, develop and maintain relationships with journalists at national media outlets. Primary focus is on publications and writers that cover higher education.

Meet regularly with key university leaders and communications professionals to identify stories, themes and trends that can help grow USF’s reputation among the general public and other academic institutions.

Analyze media coverage to identify story lines, trends and themes that may provide opportunities to feature and/or quote key USF leaders.

Strategically identify opportunities for USF leadership to speak at national conferences, contribute op-eds, write white papers, develop case studies or create other materials that help position USF as thought leaders in higher education.

Prepare key university leaders for interviews or speaking engagements on higher education topics. Help write talking points, op-eds, white papers, case studies or other materials.

Initiate opportunities for the president and/or other key university leaders to meet with higher education reporters, editors and other relevant industry thought leaders.

Minimum Qualifications: This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, digital media, or related field, with 4 years of experience in related positions; or a Master’s degree in the fields listed above and 2 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience working inside a newsroom or writing for a higher education publication is eligible as professional experience.

Information for Applicants 
This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.

Job Opening Number: 24498

Posting Date: 02/11/2020

Posting End Date: 03/12/2020

How To Apply
Click on the Apply Now button. When applying to an opening you will have the opportunity to upload a cover letter and resume.

Apply online by completing the required information and attaching your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME, PLUS ANY OTHER REQUESTED MATERIAL, MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position.

Click here for additional tutorial information.

Equal Employment Opportunity 
USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace.

Work Location
Campus map and location overview: USF – Tampa Campus

About USF
The University of South Florida System is a high-impact, global research system dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The institutions are separately accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All institutions have distinct missions and their own detailed strategic plans. Serving over 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Working at USF
With more than 16,000 employees in the USF System, the University of South Florida is one of the largest employers in the Tampa Bay region. At USF you will find opportunities to excel in a rich academic environment that fosters the development and advancement of our employees. We believe in creating a talented, engaged and driven workforce through on-going development and career opportunities. We also offer a first class benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance plans, retirement plan options, tuition program and generous leave programs and more.

To learn more about working at USF please visit: Work Here. Learn Here. Grow Here.

Job Seekers: Help EWA by mentioning that you found this career opportunity on EWA’s website.

Employers: Looking to find the best talent in education reporting and communications? Post your employment opportunities with EWA.