A big picture thinker with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills while effectively maintaining a pulse on details.
Consistently exploring out-of-the-box opportunities and solutions; approaches new ideas with enthusiasm and encourages others to make the work fun and inventive.
Creative and analytical; able to incorporate public relations into every facet of marketing and communications campaigns and tactics.
Oversee and build out the public relations, media relations and social channels to new levels; advise on the mix of new media options for various audiences.
Write and/or direct the writing, editing and producing of a variety of communications for external audiences including news releases, media pitches, web pages and social content.
Partner with executive leadership to define external communication strategy/needs, develop detailed communications plans and oversee the execution of the plans with the internal team and external partners.
Craft crisis communications plans and serve as a member of the crisis team when crisis situations arise; lead crisis communications efforts to internal and external audiences; provide assistance and backup to institutional spokespersons.
Advise and represent the VP of Marketing and Communications as needed in community initiatives and discussions.
Nurture partnerships with media contacts on a global, national, regional and local level; build new partnerships within higher education, major media outlets and social/online spaces.
Work closely with the Client Services and Digital Marketing teams to deliver innovative strategies, campaigns and tactics; provide clear, consistent and frequent messaging regarding key initiatives, changes, progress, organizational priorities and results externally.
Build and oversee a toolset for creating and tracking public relations campaigns and performance; generate and analyze reports and dashboards, continuously refine the approach to provide value/quality and build trust.
Provide leadership and accountability to the Public Relations team and external partners.
Participate in budget planning and oversee the Public Relations budget; advocate budget needs that will elevate the work and professional development of team members.
Bring, build and learn from a network of industry contacts and partners to improve the depth and breadth of creative solutions, talent and trends.
In this job, you'll do things like:
Build an annual public relations strategy for the institutions that includes strategic priorities as well as supporting initiatives; build buy-in, support and awareness with executive leadership teams.
Advise the VP of Marketing and Communications, Presidents and President's Cabinet on major public relations opportunities and crisis communications.
Ensure public relations is woven into every aspect of the Marketing and Communications team's work; give visibility to major initiatives and track and report results.
Bachelor's degree preferably in public relations, marketing, communications or related field.
7+ years of experience in a complex and dynamic organization or agency setting.
Experience creating integrated public relations plans with consideration for vehicles, audiences, platforms, research and trends.
Experience leading a communications or marketing team and external agency partners.
Strong media relations skills, including proven experience as a spokesperson.
A sense of urgency to act when opportunities arise; confident and experienced to make decisions and move ideas forward with little or no direction.
Ability to lead and influence others without authority.
Proficiency in developing presentations and organizing data in a visually appealing manner.
Outstanding content development, writing, editing and counseling skills.
Master's degree in business administration, communications or related field.
10+ years of experience in a complex and dynamic organization or agency setting.
Experience working with a major brand, multi-channel or international organization providing consultative public relations leadership to executives and other major stakeholders.
Exceptional writing and public speaking abilities.
The College of Saint Benedict (CSB), a liberal arts college for women, and Saint John's University (SJU), a liberal arts college for men, are located in the central lakes area of Minnesota, surrounded by more than 3,000 acres of pristine forests, prairies, and lakes. The campuses are minutes away from St. Cloud, an increasingly diverse regional center with a population of over 100,000, and 70 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Some CSB/SJU faculty and staff choose to reside locally, while others commute from the Twin Cities. Both St. Cloud and the Twin Cities offer a wide range of fine arts, cultural, dining, recreational, and sporting opportunities. CSB/SJU are Catholic colleges in the Benedictine tradition enlivened by values of community, hospitality, stewardship, and justice. The schools are dedicated to cultivating an equitable, inclusive community founded on respect for all persons. Students, staff and faculty from many diverse belief systems and backgrounds collectively bring a rich dimension to the academic, cultural, and religious experience at CSB/SJU. We welcome faculty who devote themselves with passion and integrity to their disciplines and to a transformative educat...ion of their students. With a total enrollment of approximately 3600 students, faculty members develop relationships with students in small classroom settings and have opportunities to work closely with students on research projects, experiential learning experiences, and study abroad programs. Recent initiatives to create a dynamic general education curriculum and to develop plans for a new teaching and learning center demonstrate strong institutional support for faculty development. CSB/SJU offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program.