Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) seeks a Public Relations Specialist to join its Media Group. This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled storyteller to create multimedia content about news and events, such as critiques, studios, openings and lectures, for channels including www.risd.edu, social media and other platforms produced or leveraged by the team.
We seek applications from equity-minded candidates whose lived or professional experience engages historically marginalized groups; who are skilled at identifying communication needs within the community; and who demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds. The successful candidate will thrive in a campus environment that is committed to advancing the principles of social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities.
The Public Relations Specialist has a strong sense of creativity and savvy for digital content creation via photography, video and other mechanisms. Under the direction of the Senior Director of Public Relations, this role works on assigned and pitched projects, conceptualizing, producing and editing content, seeing the process from concept to completion, in order to engage and inform diverse audiences, including prospective and current students and their parents, donors and potential donors, alumni, staff, faculty, the international art and design community, the higher education community and the broader general public.
The Public Relations Specialist will join a team of writers, designers and marketers as they articulate, steward and amplify the RISD brand.
Documents Needed to Apply:
Resume, including a sample of professional work
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Commitment to centering inclusivity, diversity and equity in executing key responsibilities.
Demonstrated ability to tell stories that represent a variety of viewpoints, especially as they relate to politicized and marginalized community groups and to ensure that the content accurately represents the diverse perspectives of those communities.
Confidence and versatility as a writer and content creator, with strong critical thinking and storytelling capabilities, along with the ability to tailor writing style and communication approaches to specific audience and platform. Demonstrated ability to seek out and follow story leads using solid research, interviewing, listening and interpersonal skills.
Experience with social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) required and application of these tools in a creative business setting preferred.
Strong capability for creating photo and video content for digital platforms, with a focus on social media. Ability to leverage metrics to inform strategy and influence outcomes.
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple priorities, adhere to production schedules and work productively under deadline. Experience working in an Apple Mac environment and with Adobe Creative Suite and contemporary content management systems preferred.
Knowledge of art, design and higher education preferred.
Bachelor's degree in communication, journalism, or related area and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum two (2) years of previous communication, journalism and/or public relations agency experience