Organization:  The University of Texas System
Position:  Media Relations Writer/Editor
About the Organization:  Established by the Texas Constitution of 1876, The University of Texas System consists of eight academic and five health institutions. The University of Texas System is primarily based in Austin, TX and is responsible for the central management and coordination of the thirteen institutions. Diversity and inclusion are core values for UT System, which serves the needs of a diverse and growing state. To that end, our review of applications will embrace the principles of the veterans and former foster children employment preferences (state laws), all of which are intended to promote diverse interview pools. We are pleased to offer a variety of benefits to our employees. Please visit Benefits Summary to view information on health insurance, retirement savings plans, paid leave, paid holidays, wellness/gym facility, covered parking and more.
Job Description:

The Media Relations Writer/Editor will support proactive media relations efforts, prepare executive-level communications, and assist with collaborative and creative projects on behalf of the UT System Administration. Essential Functions

  • Prepare a variety of written content, including official statements, news releases, reports, briefings, op-eds, and media pitches.
  • Identify opportunities and pitch placements in mainstream and trade publications.
  • Cultivate and strengthen working relationships with local, state and national media organizations.• Assist in preparing and distributing the daily media report.
  • Manage assigned writing projects from inception through delivery on behalf of UT System offices and executive leaders for internal and external audiences. Examples include written correspondence, web content and e-communications.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Exceptional writing, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Exceptional news judgement and understanding of national, regional and local media environments.
  • Extensive contacts within the media industry and/or experience working with members of the media.
  • Proven track record of content placements in state, national and trade publications.
  • Ability to produce engaging content for a variety of audiences and media.
  • Ability to quickly and effectively gather information via interviews, database research, etc.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize and manage complex tasks, and work independently and under pressure.

May work around standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. Please complete all sections of the application including your address, email, phone number and the questionnaire. You may edit your contact information at any time by updating your profile. Candidates under final consideration will be required to submit references and college degree information. A criminal background check will be conducted on applicants under final consideration. Reference, education and criminal background verifications will be completed by third-party vendors. Security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected. EO/AA Statement.

The University of Texas System is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation. Reasonable disability accommodation may be requested by contacting the Office of Talent and Innovation.

Candidate Qualifications:

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years of professional experience in business or nonprofit communications, journalism or related field.Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior professional/media relations experience with an agency or in corporate, higher education, health or nonprofit sector.
  • Experience using media monitoring platforms such as Meltwater or Cision.
  • Experience managing the delivery of communications through Blackbaud’s NetCommunity and/or other similar technology mediums.
  • Experience using Drupal or other content management systems.
How to Apply:

Applications are accepted through the UT System online application system ONLY. To be considered for this position, please visit our website at https://www.utsystem.edu/offices/human-resources/prospective-employees/career-opportunities click on: “External Applicant Job Search” ; “View all Jobs”. Then locate and select “Media Relations Writer/Editor” – Job ID 6687 and click on “Apply for Job”

Required Application Materials: A resume, letter of interest and 3 published writing samples are required in order to apply. All application materials should be submitted as part of one document. Candidates under final consideration will be required to submit a list of 3 professional references and college degree information through an online third-party vendor.

Media Relations Writer/Editor Job ID: 6687Location: Austin, TX

Full-Time Regular FLSA Status: Exempt Earliest Start Date: Immediately

Salary: $70,000 + depending on qualifications

Hours per Week: 40.00 Standard from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Hiring Department: The Office of External Relations, Communications and Advancement Services