The Media Relations Specialist works with local, national and international news media to secure great stories about the university and its people. Northeastern is a large research university where many of the brightest minds innovate in labs, in classrooms and in the real world, every day. Our experiential learning programs take students around the world for work, research and study. Telling our own stories is important but having the news media tell them for us is even better.
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.
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.
• Bachelor’s degree • 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 • Creative thinking • Great instincts for what’s news • Team player attitude • Entrepreneurial, proactive approach to work • Excellent work ethic • Sense of humor
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 locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are 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 formats—lead 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.