Senior Public Information Officer

Riverside, California (US)
$60,100 - $89,200
October 24 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
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Senior Public Information Officer

The senior public information officer will enhance UC Riverside's reputation through reporting and disseminating peer-reviewed research and other news related to UC Riverside College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. The position will include an intensive component of media relationship-building and pitching. The successful candidate will work with faculty and administration to distill complex research into engaging, relatable content aimed at a general audience. You will work as part of a collaborative team of media relations professionals at the University. This position requires an enthusiastic team player to work under limited supervision and to use discretion and judgment in building relationships, telling UCR's stories, and pitching those stories proactively to national media. Excellent communication, collaborative, and interpersonal skills are essential. Please note: applicants may be required to submit work samples as part of the selection process.

Key Responsibilities 

Under minimal supervision, provides analysis and information on complex results or activities, searches out and writes stories, conducts interviews, sets up press conferences, and arranges for photography, video, or graphics to accompany news releases. 

  • Writes and edits a variety of strategic research communications projects including articles on the UCR news ( website, Inside UCR, and UCR Life newsletters, press releases, and articles for the quarterly UCR magazine. Assists with other digital and print publications on research, innovation, and economic development.

Builds and maintains good working relationships at all organizational levels and with external media representatives. 

  • Produces and pitches to the general and trade media research stories from the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Conducts regular information-gathering and strategy sessions with constituents in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

As assigned, handles breaking news situations, including developing strategies for dealing with sensitive and/or controversial issues. 

  • Represent the campus in communications matters with system-wide offices.

Developing website content on topics related to the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. 

Work with social media professionals, graphic artists, photographers, and videographers to develop multimedia elements to support research stories. Coordinate social media posts for marketing and media relations projects. 

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