Are you a seasoned journalist or higher education news professional who would relish the opportunity to join the world’s leading aviation and aerospace university at a key moment in its history? Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is conducting a search for an Assistant Vice President for News and Media Relations. Under the visionary leadership of a new president and a new vice president for marketing and communications, this position will play a key role in accelerating Embry-Riddle’s emergence as an aerospace business, science and engineering powerhouse. Serving as the institution’s lead media relations person and manager of the news team, the Assistant Vice President coordinates all University communications with local, national and international media, under the direction of the Vice President for Marketing & Communications and is a member of the Vice President’s leadership team.Specifically, the AVP works with a talented consortia of faculty, stakeholders and campus communicators to develop and distribute compelling news stories and contribute to the creative content that nurtures the public’s fascination with science, technology, aviation, applied research and the role of a global university in these sectors. Key to this position will be deep intellectual curiosity and the ability to accurately and effectively communicate a broad range of stories – from the innovative programmatic offerings of a premier university to important industry partnerships, new scientific research and complex physical phenomena. Working in a team environment, the successful candidate will work to position Embry-Riddle as a go to source of information for local, national, global media, science writers, and thought leaders.
The next AVP will collaborate with colleagues across the marketing and communications team on two residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona serving 9000 students, as well as the university’s growing global network serving an additional 22,000 students in 130 locations. The AVP will contribute to developing strategies that leverage multimedia and social media assets to raise visibility, reputation and earned media coverage among all stakeholders, including the university’s 125,000 alumni. Nature and Scope:The Assistant Vice President of News & Media Relations will place particular emphasis on elevating Embry-Riddle’s status as a premier science and engineering institution. In addition to managing and coordinating the activities of a diverse communications team, the Assistant Vice President’s duties will include service as an institutional spokesperson; development and dissemination of strategic communication of core institutional messages; oversight of specialty publications, news releases; and media strategy for Embry-Riddle’s Research Park. The AVP will also play a key role in developing and leading strategic crisis communications counsel as needed. Description:This positon will report to and be a key advisor to the Vice President for Marketing and Communications and the Vice President’s leadership team and will work in partnership with academic leadership, including the provost, chancellors, deans, department chairs, and faculty.