We are looking for a new teammate like you if you are:
An enthusiastic storyteller and media consumer, An honest and positive teammate excited to contribute in a variety of ways to a successful and supportive team, A creative thinker, willing to innovate, experiment, and try new things, Eager to be part of an organization that improves the lives of Minnesotans and people around the world, today and into the future, Seeking experiences with leaders and experts at all levels of a large, diverse and mission-driven organization.
The University Relations PR Team (URPR) at the University of Minnesota is seeking a Public Relations consultant, reporting to our Director of Public Relations.
University Relations is the central public relations office for the University of Minnesota system, and the primary PR office for its Twin Cities campus, strengthening media relationships and engaging with local, national, and international media as a central University contact. Teammates like this PR consultant position are critical to promoting University initiatives, research and community engagement, externally and internally.
URPR is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Diverse teams, perspectives, and backgrounds are necessary to create a strong and creative team that communicates effectively to the University’s many communities, on campus and beyond. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, women, veterans, and members of historically underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to apply.
Our ideal candidate will: Build strong relationships and collaborate effectively with the media and all University partners to identify and publicize news, research findings, accomplishments, and achievements; Create, develop, and implement measurable communications strategies, bringing into account relevant University channels (e.g., social media, marketing or internal channels); Be creative and strategic in amplifying stories through internal/external communications vehicles in collaboration with University Relations and other partners; Employ curiosity, personal initiative, and problem-solving skills to translate complex research topics into everyday language for general audiences; Anticipate the needs of University leaders and spokespeople through coordinating/staffing media engagements, spokesperson training, interview prep materials, etc.; Utilize strong organizational skills, and an ability to juggle multiple tasks in a professional manner while coordinating responses to media inquiries; Learn and lead as a member of our team, including developing approaches to enhance strategic public relations efforts, responsiveness, and efficiency.
Salary range: $50,000-$55,000 annually Work environment: This team is currently working in a hybrid mode (flexibility to work partly from home and partly on campus).
This is a full-time, 100%, 12 month position with benefits.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
The University of Minnesota is a world-class research university and one of the largest in the United States. It is ranked by Forbes as one of the country’s 20 best educational employers and in 2021, the Star Tribune named the University one of its Top Workplaces. The University leads the way on mission-driven work opportunities, strong employee engagement, a fantastic benefits package including tuition reimbursement, all in a fun and always-something-new work environment.
Founded in 1851 as a land-grant university, the school now serves more than 60,000 students from 130 countries enrolled on our campuses, thousands of study abroad students, nearly 26,000 employees on five campuses across Minnesota, and half a million alumni worldwide.
The University consistently has advanced its mission with exceptional vigor—distinguished by a comprehensive commitment to integrating public engagement deeply into teaching and learning, research, and discovery. The University also strongly embraces equity and diversity as foundational values and has made both engagement and diversity central to systemwide strategic plans. Twin Cities campus students include 22% students of color, 12% international students, and 25% first generation students. The University ranks ninth nationally for students learning abroad and offers programs in more than 70 countries.
ABOUT THE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS
The Twin Cities campus is in the heart of a dynamic metro area that is a global economic leader, an education and culture hub, and renowned for its abundant natural resources. The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro is home to the fourth-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies nationwide and thriving entrepreneurial and small business sectors. Ranked as one of the country’s leading “creative economies,” the Twin Cities is renowned for its arts and nonprofit sectors, as well as many lakes, parks, and a wealth of recreational and entertainment opportunities. Spanning locations in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, the UMN Twin Cities straddles the Mississippi River and adjoins a national park.
The University is an anchor institution for a globally competitive region and state with notable strengths in areas critical to today’s knowledge economy—including biosciences, medical devices, and agriculture and food production. The campus is also located in an increasingly diverse region, with 11 federally-recognized tribal nations, the largest urban Native American population in the country, and growing African American, Latino and Chicano, and Asian American populations.
The Twin Cities campus is located on traditional, ancestral and contemporary lands of Indigenous people. The University resides on Dakota land ceded in the Treaties of 1837 and 1851. The University acknowledges this place has a complex and layered history and is committed to ongoing efforts to recognize, support and advocate for American Indian Nations and peoples.
Required qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, or Marketing with four or more years of experience. Demonstrated success communicating (or working) sensitively and effectively across cultures, including historically marginalized/underrepresented communities. Ability to pitch and earn placement of news stories across major forms of media. Proven understanding of how stories may be strategically amplified through social media and other communications channels. Excellent written and oral communication skills, sound news judgment and an entrepreneurial attitude. Demonstrated commitment to critical communications skills, including: flexibility/adaptability, active listening, an ability to understand and incorporate other perspectives, navigating sensitive or challenging conversations, etc. The ability to develop and execute communications strategies, prioritize work, and follow through and work independently under deadlines.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.