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West Virginia University
Main Duties:
West Virginia University is seeking an Assistant Director of University Relations/News which is a key position on the University’s integrated marketing communication team. The Assistant Director is responsible for producing, managing and measuring the success of executive-level internal communication, including videos, letters, html emails and digital content for webpages and social media platforms. The incumbent will also help manage and oversee the News unit’s external web presence (WVUToday) and daily News Digest of stories and experts that goes to traditional and social media outlets. This position will serve as a back-up to the Director and an official spokesperson for the University. West Virginia University ( is classified as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive and is the state’s only comprehensive doctoral-granting, land-grant institution. WVU has a current enrollment of approximately 29,000 students on the Morgantown campus. WVU is located about 70 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Morgantown, West Virginia which has received a number of national rankings, including: 5th “Best Small Metro” by Forbes; 12th overall “Hottest Small City” by Inc.; one of “50 Smartest Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s; one of the “Best Cities for Jobs” by MSN Careers; one of the 50 best places to launch a small business by Tech Republic has ranked WVU 10th on a list of communities experimenting with white space broadband in innovative ways.
Required Knowledge:
A Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Integrated Marketing/Communications or a related field is required. Master’s degree is preferred. The successful candidate must have a minimum of four years of experience in media relations, crisis communications, public relations, social and/or digital media; experience interviewing, writing, and editing across platforms; and experience with journalism/marketing practices and deadlines. Experience in higher education communications is preferred.
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Application Process:
To apply for this position, visit and click on “Non-classified.” Click on “Assistant Director of University Relations/News #212” and go to the bottom of the ad and click apply now to complete the registration form. To be considered, applicants must upload a resume, cover letter and references. First consideration will be given to applications received by June 12, 2014. West Virginia University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer. Under represented class members are encouraged to apply. This includes: minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.