University Marketing and Communications seeks an experienced and proactive News Director to develop, coordinate, and administer a comprehensive news and media relations plan for the University, as well as manage the University’s relationships with media members. This position oversees the day-to-day operations of USU’s central news team, collaborates with communicators in Colleges and programs throughout the University System, and inspires the creation of new strategies to highlight USU expertise and accomplishments in research, education, and outreach. This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications in UMAC. USU provides a generous benefit and retirement package, and extensive professional development opportunities are provided through the University and UMAC.
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University Marketing and Communications (UMAC) defines, strengthens, amplifies, and protects the Utah State University brand experience while leading a systemwide culture of collaboration to articulate our university’s strengths and accomplishments. The strategic communications team produces Utah State Magazine, news content in Utah State Today, and content for institutional communications. The team works closely with the digital strategy and strategic marketing teams and collaborates with communicators across the USU system to tell the USU story, ensuring the university's mission and values are collectively shared in ways that elevate its reputation and highlight its impact through a unified voice.
Position based in Logan, Utah. May be eligible for hybrid telework schedule after first 6 months.
Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.
As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.
Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU.
The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or email@example.com.
About the Region
U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation.
In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.
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Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, email@example.com, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266
Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322
For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:
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