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Pitzer College
Claremont, California, United States
21 hours ago



Claremont, CA

Job Posting Title:

Senior Manager, Media Relations

Job Details and Requirement:


Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Communications (AVP) and collaborating closely with all Communications team members, the Senior Manager of Media Relations serves as the initial and often primary/ongoing media and public relations contact for the College on external stories and initiatives. The Senor Manager also leads strategy, content planning and execution, and measurement for the College’s official social media channels.


To increase/improve institutional awareness and perception, articulate and promote the College’s brand and distinction through strategic identification, development, and dissemination of news and information.

  • With the AVP and Communications team, identify major stories and pitch them to local and national/international outlets. Develop those stories and press materials (including creative and multimedia assets) and perform messaging and copywriting/editing as needed for vehicles including the Web site, social media, and the College magazine.
  •  Work with the Communications team to develop and execute annual media plans and key messages that support the College’s mission and objectives, establish metrics, and help the AVP to report regularly on achievements.
  • Cultivate reporter and outlet relationships and strong ongoing relationships with the College personnel whose expertise and specific stories will be offered to those media.
  • Ensure the College is reaching out consistently to top-tier traditional outlets as well as specialized and targeted publications, while proactively exploring and leveraging non-traditional, social media, or emerging media opportunities.
  • Develop the College’s social media strategy and build its presence on existing platforms and explore new channels for possible development.
  • Develop and oversee day-to-day operation of the College’s media relations policies, procedures, and technologies, including performing media research and overseeing the monitoring service. Perform media training and interview coaching as needed.
  • Develop and oversee an “editorial calendar” of story opportunities, and monitor and act upon media outlets’ known editorial opportunities or solicited experts (e.g., special story focuses, ProfNet requests for experts, awards, accolades, op-ed and speaking opportunities, etc.)
  • Track current events to identify and leverage opportunities to place College experts in the media; suggest and assist with op ed pieces on trending topics.
  • Prepare experts/other spokespersons as needed (e.g., backgrounders, key messages, coaching, etc.)
  • Join the AVP in supporting the president on an external communications plan and individual activities.
  • Support the AVP in executing the role of primary spokesperson on sensitive/emergency/crisis communications and in working with other Cabinet members, the president, and other crucial functions on such communications. Serve as backup to the AVP as primary spokesperson when the AVP is not available.
  • Stay current with public relations, media relations, and social media trends, issues and opportunities, and serve as a valued resource to the AVP and Cabinet, College Communications staff, and the broader College community, to understand and navigate the changing media landscape.
  • Serve as the College’s representative on the Claremont Consortium Media Relations Working Group.
  • Perform other related duties or special projects as directed.

Supervisory Responsibility: None.

Work Schedule:  This is a full-time position working 40 hours per week for 12 months per year. The regular hours for this position will be scheduled between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  These hours may vary due to needs of the College or department.


The individual must possess knowledge, skills and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

  • External spokesperson experience required.
  • Knowledge of and work with broadcast media required.
  • Excellent media/journalistic writing, a proactive approach, and strong editing/proofreading skills.
  • Established media contacts highly desirable.
  • Portfolio of work samples required.
  • A collaborative, highly articulate, and creative strategist, the successful candidate will be an effective, full-time media outreach program leader, and a people manager/influencer with an inclusive, collaborative style (e.g., with faculty experts, Administration and Communications colleagues, etc.).
  • Discretion and trustworthiness are crucial.
  • Capable, comfortable, and willing to serve as a strong strategic and operational right-hand and deputy to the AVP.
  • Competently interact with a culturally and ethnically diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Must have access to reliable and secure computer and internet connection. Must maintain password protection for work files and records and ensure that no one else has access to password and login credentials at remote work site.
  • Must have access to a dedicated and suitable workstation at remote location, including desk or table and supporting, upright chair. Must ensure workstation is safe and free from hazards.

Education/Experience:  Requires Bachelor's degree plus five (5) years’ media relations experience and solid, demonstrated understanding of both new and traditional media. A degree in communications or journalism, and a Master’s degree, are highly desirable. Higher education experience preferred.

Licenses/Certifications:  None

Other Requirements: Software provided by Pitzer may not be duplicated. Software and equipment provided is expressly for the use of remote work, remains the property of Pitzer College and must be surrendered at the time of termination of employment.

Physical Requirements: This is generally a sedentary position. Must be able to:

  • Sit for prolonged periods of time;
  • Operate a computer for prolonged periods of time;
  • Communicate with others by email, in person and over the telephone;
  • Read printed materials and a computer screen;
  • Have the mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment;
  • Assist with the set-up and teardown of event tables, signage and other materials.
    • Requires reaching overhead, grasping, pulling, pushing, stooping, bending, and twisting;
    • Lift 15 pounds from the ground to waist level unassisted; and
  • Have the stamina to manage a high-volume workload in a fast-paced work environment.

Review of applications will commence immediately.

Instructions:  Only qualified applicants please.

Application Materials: Upload the following materials to complete your application:

  • Cover Letter:  Indicate your reason for interest in this position, describe how your qualifications make you an ideal candidate, and explain which of Pitzer’s core values best relates to your own. 

  • Resume: List relevant qualifications and dates of experience.

  • Professional References: References will be contacted for select applicants and advance notice will be provided. Provide the names of at least three (3) individuals who can speak to your professional qualifications. Include their business titles, contact information and an indication of how you are acquainted with them (e.g., former supervisor, coworker, etc.).

Job Information

  • Job ID: 65117569
  • Location:
    Claremont, California, United States
    Claremont, California, United States
  • Position Title: Senior Manager, Media Relations
  • Company Name For Job: Pitzer College
  • Industry: Educational Institutions
  • Job Function: Media Relations
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: None

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