About Northeastern: Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.
Our locationsin Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahantare nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.
Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of on-campus and online formatslead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.
About the Opportunity: Great stories told by top-tier media organizations are called earned for a reason. The Media Relations Specialist has experience working with reporters and editors, has cultivated and managed relationships with members of the press and leveraged those relationships to get results in top-tier publications such as the New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the Boston Globe, to name a few.
The Media Relations Specialist is able to work with top scientists and other faculty members and administrators at Northeastern, understand complex sets of facts and identify angles that members of the press respond to favorably. Most importantly, the Media Relations Specialist secures coverage for the university and its faculty frequently and in major news organizations.
Responsibilities: The Media Relations Specialist stays up-to-date on what the press in general is focused on, including the higher ed press, and is able to identify opportunities for the university that result in earned press.
The Media Relations Specialist role will include additional responsibilities related to the team's work such as morning news scans, aggregating coverage, preparing briefing documents for high-tier interviews, researching various topics, and more.
As it is the case for every member of the Communications team, the Media Relations Specialist is expected to be responsive outside of regular business hours, and occasionally work on assignments in the evenings and on weekends.
This position is located at the Boston campus and is not eligible for remote work. Experience in higher education is not necessary.
3-4 years of experience doing media relations representing for - or nonprofit brands
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Go-getter, positive attitude and a relentless drive to get results
Great instincts for what's news
Team player attitude
Entrepreneurial, proactive approach to work
Excellent work ethic
Sense of humor
Salary Grade: 12
Additional Information: Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.