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Job Description


Media Relations

Pay Rate Type:


Employee Type:

Office of Communications
Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

Job Summary:

The assistant/associate director of media relations will join a talented and innovative communications team. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with and learn from top communications and marketing professionals and contribute to a dynamic momentum that is transforming the College’s reputation and brand recognition
The assistant/associate director of media relations will be responsible for generating positive visibility and attention that will continue to enhance the reputation of the College. Reporting to the director of media relations, the assistant/associate director will distribute major College announcements, press releases, and other news stories. This individual will also be responsible for developing positive relationships with journalists to obtain local, regional, and national placements for a range of content related to research, scholarship, programs, achievements, and initiatives, as well as assist faculty and staff in preparing for media opportunities. Additionally, the assistant/associate director will oversee media monitoring tools, continuously identify trend data and deliver reports that offer nuanced insights into the national, regional, and local media landscape as well as the College’s efforts relative to competitor institutions. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.



  • Assist the director of media relations in developing and executing an earned media program to continue to enhance the reputation and brand recognition of the College
  • Pitch local, regional, and national media outlets to secure multiple placements for various College announcements, research, and initiatives
  • Develop thorough briefing documents for media interviews
  • Update and maintain regularly requested press materials (backgrounders, fact sheets, and photos)
  • Create, maintain, and update an extensive database of media contacts
  • Coordinate media events, photo shoots, and interviews
  • Respond to incoming media inquiries in a timely manner by working in collaboration with the director of media relations
  • Monitor daily media coverage and deliver status reports
  • Review monthly editorial calendars for relevant placement opportunities
  • Develop positive relationships with local, regional, and national journalists
  • Collaborate with the director of media relations on crisis communications as needed
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice


  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience
  • Two or more years of work in public relations, media relations, or marketing communications, with a preference for increasing responsibility over that time; agency experience and experience using Cision preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to write compelling media pitch content
  • Instinct for identifying undiscovered stories and developing creative ways to tell them
  • Ability to present ideas clearly and collaborate with colleagues and constituents
  • Solid command of language, grammar, and ability to adhere to Colby style guidelines
  • Attention to detail and high level of organization
  • Ability to thrive under deadlines and work some nights and weekends as needed
  • Understanding of social media platforms and media relations tools
  • Ability to make an impact through work as a member of a team and diverse community
  • Desire to make substantial contributions in a high-functioning, fast-paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the demonstrated ability to establish and develop productive and collegial relationships
  • Collaboration and the ability to communicate with various constituencies (e.g. staff, faculty, students, managers, and visitors)
  • Ability to interface effectively with senior administrators and College leadership
  • Valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements


This position has significant interactions with external media, faculty, staff, students and other members of the campus community and outside constituencies.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Position involves frequent computer usage with repetitive hand/wrist motion is necessary. Ability to move around campus is crucial. Some travel is required.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the “Apply” button on the Colby Careers website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Assistant/Associate Director of Media Relations – Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME  04901-8855

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of more than 2,200 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.
In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes the creation of innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer:

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The principle of not discriminating on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, caste, national or ethnic origin, marital status, genetic information, political beliefs, veteran or military status, parental status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, physical or mental disability unrelated to the job or course of study requirements is consistent with the mission of a liberal arts college and the law. Colby is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects the job rights of individuals who voluntarily or involuntary leave employment positions to undertake military service or certain types of service in the National Disaster Medical System.  USERRA also prohibits employers from discriminating against past and present members of the uniformed services, and applicants to the uniformed services.  For more information, please see the USERRA rights notice maintained in the Office of Human Resources.

We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

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