Director of Media Relations

Virginia Tech -- Virginia Polytechnic

Blacksburg, Virginia

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Date Posted November 24, 2021
Industry Academia
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


Virginia Tech would like to invite applicants for the position of:

Director of Media Relations

The Director of Media Relations leads the team that develops and implements the university's media relations strategy, with a focus on elevating Virginia Tech’s leadership, faculty expertise, research discoveries, and student achievements.

The Director of Media Relations reports to the Senior Director for University Relations and Media Outreach and collaborates with communications colleagues across the university to find and facilitate national media and high impact regional and local media opportunities; in particular, the director works closely with the communications director in the greater Washington, D.C., who has responsibilities to cultivate relationships with journalists and media outlets in that region.

The director regularly interviews faculty members, writes tip sheets and advisories; develops targeted media lists and pitches stories; and works closely with University Relations leadership to coordinate and align institutional response on critical university issues. She/he works across the university to engage in message preparation and training, serving as a liaison to college and unit communicators and facilitating the needs of media.