| The Washington, DC Public Affairs and Media Relations specialist will be based at the University's Federal Relations Office in Washington, DC, and work to advance the strategic priorities established by the Associate Vice President for University Relations (AVP) to elevate the profile and thought leadership of Cornell University, its faculty, and administrative leaders.|
As the Public Affairs Specialist (PAS), this position will work collaboratively with individual units within University Relations, including but not limited to Strategic Communications and Federal Relations, to advance and execute on the strategic priorities established by the AVP. The incumbent will work to enhance the profile and thought leadership of Cornell University among policy influencers in Washington, DC, with an eye towards influencing federal policy and advancing the mission of the university. This work includes engaging directly with non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and private sector entities to develop relationships to further the mission of the university and to heighten its profile among thought leaders. This position will work closely with other members of University Relations as well as communications colleagues from throughout the colleges, schools, and units at Cornell University (including Alumni Affairs and Development) to promote the University brand, increase awareness of Cornell faculty, student and administrative expertise in Washington, DC, and to identify new opportunities for Cornell representatives to engage with key influencers in Washington, DC. The DC PAS will work closely with faculty and communications colleagues through the university's colleges, schools, and units to promote the university brand and increase the awareness of Cornell faculty.
As a Media Relations Specialist (MRS), this position will enhance the media coverage of Cornell University through a targeted program of media outreach and relations. Working in coordination with the Media Relations Office, the DC MRS pitches story ideas to journalists; organizes and hosts media events; develops media engagement opportunities; and facilitates contacts between university faculty, administration and students with journalists based in Washington, DC. To support this mission, the DC MRS will develop personal contacts in the media and assist the Media Relations Office in scouting and researching story ideas, spotting trends, and placing stories and commentaries to maximize media coverage and visibility of Cornell University in Washington, DC-based regional, national and international media.
This position is located in Washington, D.C.
Bachelor's degree and three to five years of experience in journalism/communications, strategic advocacy, or equivalent combination.
- Demonstrated excellence in writing, editing and event management.
- Working knowledge of federal public policy community and environment.
- Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills, ability to work in a fast-paced environment and with a diverse population.
- Must maintain effective, positive, working relationships with other employees, media representatives, institutional contacts, the public, and other interested and affected stakeholders.
- Will have working knowledge of the federal government and a familiarity with the role of non-governmental institutions in Washington, DC policy making.
- Working knowledge of print, broadcast and web-based news operations, including those based in Washington, DC. Experience.
- Experience in university affairs, local and national affairs, and/or international affairs is desirable.
- Experience working in a professional media news setting or working with journalists executing on-deadline reporting.
- Experience planning interviews and media events, drafting media releases from primary or secondary sources, and developing media outreach campaigns
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No Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position
University Job Title:Communication Spec III
Pay Rate Type:Salary
Contact Name:Jess Cisco
Number of Openings:1
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