News Officer

Pennsylvania, United States
04 Jun 2019
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04 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The mission of the President’s Center is to support the President, the trustees, and the University’s senior leadership; advance Penn’s highest priorities; to aid the faculty, students, and staff in their teaching, research, and service activities; and to advance excellence at Penn. In addition to the Office of the President, the President’s Center includes the following units: African-American Resource Center, Almanac, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Office of General Counsel, Office of Institutional Research & Analysis, Office of Government and Community Affairs, Office of the Ombudsman, Office of the Sexual Violence Investigative Officer, Office of the University Secretary, University Archives and Records Center, Office of University Communications, and WXPN.

The News Officer / Science News Officer reports to the Associate Director of News and covers assigned ‘beats’ (which may include but are not limited to Political Science, History, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, policy news associated with climate change, current and foreign affairs, as well as the Annenberg Public Policy Center, Perry World House and other policy centers across campus) with a minimum of supervision and on a regular basis, the News Officer/Science News Officer works with programs, faculty and staff to research, report and write news releases, feature stories and pitches for national, regional, local media and campus print, electronic and multi-media news formats including the Penn website; Penn Today, a news daily e-zine that aggregates news across the University for campus and external audiences; and Research@Penn, a publication highlighting Penn’s role as a premier research University.

A Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
The Science News Officer should possess:

  • A strong science background and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; at least two years’ professional journalism and/or public relations experience;
  • Superb reporting and writing skills and a demonstrated ability to gather, research and write news professionally; knowledge of news media operations and the ability to communicate with the wide range of personalities in the media; ability to work well with faculty and administration and interpret academic subjects to lay audiences;
  • A working knowledge of social media and multimedia.
  • Experience in dealing with major national and international media and a solid understanding of and commitment to the highest professional public relations standards;
  • A commitment to work within the University’s established organizational structure;
    • A commitment to independent higher education in general and to the University of Pennsylvania in particular.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.