Public Information Specialist

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Work type: Administrative Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Administrative/Office Support, Other, Project Management

Position Title: Public Information Specialist
The Opportunity The Public Information Specialist works as a part of the Communications and Marketing team. This position focuses on promoting Colorado School of Mines to external audiences and the media as well as providing information and communications support to internal stakeholders. This position has a key role in supporting emergency communications. This is a varied role in a fast-paced environment. 
Responsibilities:

1) Internal Communications:  Write and edit submissions for the Daily Blast email, website, and regularly occurring newsletters (The Blaster Bulletin, Mines Climbs Together, etc.). Participate in regular story and strategy meetings, taking an ownership stake in setting tone of internal communications, considering and selecting topics and news of note for prominent placement and more. Work closely with colleagues in office and in Student Life and other areas to ensure parents and families are considered and included in campus communications. Monitor and update campus calendar, as needed.

2) External Communications:  Update the Mines Newsroom and other websites. Write news stories and announcements. Maintain media contact list and pitch stories to the news media as appropriate. Respond to media inquiries, verbally or through written statements, and connect faculty with reporters. Build and maintain a Mines Experts website. Select photos to promote stories online and in print. Provide back-up on social media communications. May monitor and mentor student workers.

3) Emergency Communications:  Serve as part of campus-wide communications team. Prepare draft emergency messages. Provide messaging support as needed during closures and emergencies. Send messages through the Mines Alert System as needed. Update the Mines home page and social media accounts in an emergency. Build and maintain the Emergency Information website.

4) Creative Project and Marketing Support: Join teammates in providing creative input, editorial and other support for office and campus projects. 

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications or related field. Work experience in a closely related field will be considered on a year-for-year basis. 
  • Professional experience in writing and editing
  • Proficient computer skills, including desktop publishing, website maintenance, applications and newsletter management

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional experience in emergency communications
  • Professional experience in media and/or media relations
  • Excellent proofreading skills, accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and their uses in organizational communications
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Sensitivity to confidentiality
  • Ability to function effectively with others across the institution and with external constituents and the ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment.
About Mines & Golden, CO:
Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver.  The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience. 
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made. For full consideration, please apply by November 20 at 11:59 p.m.
Total Rewards: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit: family.mines.edu
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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