SUMMARY: Reporting to the Vice President for Development and Community Relations, the Director of Public Information assumes primary responsibility for increasing overall visibility for Northern Oklahoma College through communications on college activities as well as student, faculty and staff achievements in the electronic, local and regional media outlets. The Director provides institution-wide vision, leadership and strategic direction for all areas of public information while supporting the College’s Brand image and standards.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include:
- Develops and writes stories and announcements of particular interest about the College and its students, faculty and staff for media, following AP style and NOC graphic standards guidelines.
- Serves as a contributing editor for “The Maverick” and “The Red & Silver Review” digital college newspapers.
- Assists with the production and proofreading of printed materials in the Printing Services Department.
- Work cooperatively with all departments including Athletics, Fine Arts and others to collect, write and edit press releases and/or special promotional publication pieces.
- Attends monthly Board of Regents meetings as well as other related college meetings.
- Provides editorial content management where applicable on the www.noc.edu website and other forms of electronic media, i.e., electronic message boards, “What’s Happening” e-newsletter, and daily updates.
- Arranges media coverage that publicizes special events and activities for the College.
- Serves on various communication related committees with OSRHE and NOC.
- Maintain media, NOC employee and student emergency notification process and disseminate notices when necessary.
- Maintain job manual for position with regular updates to describe processes when substitutions are needed.
- Perform all other duties necessary to accomplish the educational objective of the College and/or as assigned by the Vice President for Development and Community Relations.
QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must have excellent written, proofreading and oral communication skills; preferred experience in crisis communications; the ability to organize and manage multiple assignments and deadlines; and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. The Director of Public Information must preserve confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information; use independent judgment and initiative in the planning, organization, and performance of responsible Public Information work; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Demonstrated photography experience with digital camera as well as proficiency in Microsoft Office applications – Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint, Adobe Creative Suite software – InDesign and Photoshop, and Carousel software. Must be able to work under pressure; meet flexible deadlines; set priorities and maintain professionalism when dealing with individuals. Weekend and evening work will be required with a flexible 40-hour work week schedule. Subject to satisfactory Fair Credit Reporting Act Disclosure which includes a criminal background check.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: A minimum educational level of a bachelor’s degree; along with one to two years professional experience in communications, journalism or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, push, lift, haul, pull, reach, carry, grasp, squat or stoop, bend and twist the body while performing essential duties, use hands to operate controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, talk or hear. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Applicants will need to submit a letter of application, an application form available online at www.noc.edu/prospective-employee , a resume, and three letters of professional recommendation to Human Resources Department, Northern Oklahoma College, P. O. Box 310, Tonkawa, OK 74653. EOE