Director of Public Relations, Public Relations

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The Director of Public Relations will lead and manage the university’s external communications and media relations – building, maintaining and preserving a positive public image for the university.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Recruits, interviews, hires, and trains staff in the department.
  • Oversees and directs the daily workflow of the public relations department, which may include managing staff assigned to assist with related projects.
  • Provides constructive and timely performance evaluations.


  • Manages media relations for the university, which may include organizing press conferences.
  • Acts as the university’s spokesperson and responds to members of the media in a timely manner; composes, reviews, and/or distributes press releases.
  • Reviews and approves or facilitates review and approval process for public communications regarding the university.
  • Oversees external, public-facing communication and branding in various online and print platforms, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, and industry magazines.
  • Develops and implements media, social media, and public relations strategy to communicate the vision of the university.
  • Collaborates with other teams in the development and maintenance of the university’s website.
  • Produces, reviews, and/or distributes print and video materials for public distribution.
  • Collaborates with executive leadership and/or other stakeholders to develop a public information strategy and guidelines for the university.
  • Assists executive leadership in developing presentations, speeches, and other important public messages and provides training, as necessary.
  • In consultation with senior leadership, develops messages and talking points for internal audiences to introduce, champion, and reinforce university initiatives, values, and priorities.
  • Develops and maintains positive professional relationships with members of the media.
  • Develops, implements, and adheres to the communications budget.
  • Crisis communications – develops, communicates, and leads processes by which the university communicates externally in times of crisis, potential crisis, or emergency.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a proven ability to write in a journalistic style that is customary for external publications.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, sound judgment and solid decision making.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Ability to offer sound media relations advice to senior leadership.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications, journalism, marketing, or related field required.
  • Three to five years of experience in public relations, communication, or related field required, with supervisory experience preferred.
  • Experience in higher education preferred.


To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts and contact information for three professional references online at or by mail to: 

Truman State University
Human Resources Office
McClain Hall 101
100 E. Normal
Kirksville, MO 63501

Review of applications will begin October 14, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Questions may be directed to Human Resources at 660-785-4031 or

Truman is an equal employment opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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