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Company: University of Central Florida
Position:
Sr. Communications Coordinator (UCF and UCF Police)
Location:
Florida
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
February 21, 2013
Job ID: 1463437

Description:

The University of Central Florida is seeking a highly motivated professional with superior writing skills to manage traditional public relations and communication initiatives for the Office of News and Information and the UCF Police Department, as well as assist in emergency communication planning and responses.

This full-time position features responsibilities with the Office of News & Information, the communications and public relations department for the nation’s second-largest university, and the UCF Police Department, a full-service law enforcement agency serving a campus population of about 70,000.

This is a new position, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to help define how the position functions.

Responsibilities with News & Information will include:

Creating, editing and distributing content about university research, events and other success stories.

Pitching stories to local, state and national media and acting as a point of contact for reporters seeking information, resources and experts.

Scheduling regular training sessions for emergency communication methods and writing text that could be adapted and used quickly in a crisis.

Assisting with planning and managing media events, such as news conferences, availabilities and interviews, and public relations projects such as maintaining the university’s experts guide.

For the UCF Police Department, the selected candidate’s responsibilities will include:

Creating, editing and distributing content such as news releases, talking points, e-mail alerts and speeches.

Leading a new initiative to increase public awareness of and interaction with the Police Department through social media.

Managing media and public records requests.

Managing publications such as the Annual Safety Guide and crime prevention brochures. This includes researching and writing copy, coordinating photos and art, and ensuring that the publications meet deadlines.

Interacting with media as a spokesperson for the department.

The selected candidate will spend about 50 percent of his/her time in each office and will have offices in both departments. The job will include night and weekend hours as required.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

The position requires a bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications or a related area and a minimum of three to five years of experience. We prefer candidates with experience working with police departments in a capacity such as public relations or journalist.  

This position requires superior writing, reporting and editing skills with meticulous attention to detail. The ideal candidate will be productive, able to meet deadlines without compromising quality, an excellent writer, a self-directed problem-solver and adaptable to a changing environment.

The ideal candidate also will demonstrate experience appropriately handling confidential information such as ongoing police investigations.

News & Information and UCF Police are committed to honestly representing the university in all areas in accordance with UCF’s values of integrity, scholarship, community, creativity and excellence.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Applicants are encouraged to submit three writing samples with their applications. All finalists for the position will be asked to write a news story.

Applicants must apply at https://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/34453 . The job will be posted through Thursday, Jan. 31.

UCF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All searches and documents are subject to the Sunshine and public records laws of the State of Florida.

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