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Media Relations Officer



Campus: Downtown Phoenix Media Relations Officer

Job Description

Under the general direction of the Executive Director of Branding & Communications at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, performs work in the preparation of publicity materials, informational material, and news releases for local, regional, and national media.

Job Family

Marketing & Media Relations



Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

Department Name

TSGM Administration

VP Code


This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range Close Date

Depends on experience 20-December-2018



Essential Duties

Serves as media officer for the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Advises Executive Director, Branding and Communications on targeting stories to appropriate media. Assists School leadership and faculty in developing and maintaining positive relationships with media. Develops new and maintains current relationships with broadcast, print and radio media outlets. Arranges interviews for Thunderbird senior leadership and faculty with media and editorial boards. Reviews and helps shape Thunderbird stories with media potential and pitches those stories to appropriate media. Helps shape and proactively pitch news reports and documentaries that have

television potential and works to have these reports and documentaries aired by networks. Develops and maintains relationships with local and statewide media representatives. Prepares and submits reports regarding media coverage. Develops and maintains contacts with Thunderbird campus staff, faculty and administrators, as well as ASU Media Relations Office and Marketing Hub. Assists reporters and editors in their efforts to assemble complete and accurate information about Thunderbird.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Journalism or related field AND three (3) years experience in public affairs, which may include government relations, community relations, international outreach or marketing; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

• Experience drafting op-eds, press releases and media advisories
• Demonstrated knowledge of Thought Leadership strategies and content development including but not limited to: whitepapers, roundtables, public events, blogs, infographics, podcasts and others.

• Experience in working in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple projects on a deadline.
• Experience in external stakeholder engagement, including coalition building and partnership management.

• Media training or on-air experience.
• Experience in cultivating internal spokespeople who can serve as media contacts in order to promote School’s thought leadership.

• Evidence of written and spoken English/ Spanish or Portuguese fluency a plus.
• Demonstrated knowledge of general news writing, editing and distribution of news and feature releases.

• Experience securing earned media opportunities and advancing thought leadership strategies.
• Experience in building and maintaining list of key media contacts across mediums, geographies and networks/publications.

• Demonstrated knowledge of media sources and contacts.
• Experience in translating material for release to general media for public consumption.

• Evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
• Experience in interacting with a diverse population.

Working Environment

• Applicant must be available as necessary outside normal business hours for media inquiries.

• Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse
• Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work

• Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts
• Clearly communicate to perform essential functions

Department Statement

The Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University is one of the finest business schools in the world with both graduate and undergraduate students. Solutions for the planet mean developing problem-solvers from around the globe. From our world-renowned faculty representing six continents to hundreds of outstanding students who join us every year from around the world, the Thunderbird School of Global Management welcomes diversity and encourages quality and great value. It is one of the top business schools in the country, highly ranked for academics, practical research, and student outcomes.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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Arizona State University is committed to providing safety and security resources and information for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. In accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), ASU publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which includes safety and security policies and procedures, crime and fire prevention information, crime and fire statistics, and numerous resources for current and prospective students and employees. To access the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report online, visit A hard copy of this report may be obtained, free of charge, by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456 or by visiting the ASU Police Department at 325 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, Arizona, during business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

Applicant must be eligible to work in the United States; ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management will not be a sponsor for this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.