Job Description

Posting Date Job Number Job Title Revision Date Category Type Status
8/16/2017 130-17 Manager, Public Relations 09/14/2017 Admin Full-Time Closed to Further Applications

Please submit a resume with Job No. 130-17. Instructions to complete the application are provided in a PDF format at the bottom of the recruitment posting. A link to upload a resume and/or other support documents is provided within the body of the online application. Please note that application materials must be completed in its entirety in order to be considered for the recruitment pool.

The Public Relations Manager is an exempt, administrative position which reports to the Director of Public Relations. This position is located at the West Campus Structure.

The Public Relations Manager collaborates with the Director of Public Relations to shape and implement media relations activities that enhance the University's reputation, particularly in the area of research, among its constituents, with a focus on achieving national placements in print, broadcast and online media. The Manager coordinates and manages staff or vendors designated to assist with the same; manage workflow, media inquiries/responses, and metrics. This position leverages existing media relationships and cultivates new contacts within regional and national media. Promote university initiatives through proactive communications with special emphasis on key audiences and messages. Originate, shape and develop new ideas, events and stories in a timely fashion to generate interest in the University as well as create and promote positive coverage about Chapman and/or its faculty/students both locally and on a national level. Work in concert with campus clients, deans/dept. chairs and others to ensure all communication generated from campus is consistent with strategic planning and organizational goals.



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required for the Public Relations Manager position.

Specific Job Requirements: Bachelor’s degree (preferably in PR, Communications, English or related subject) plus minimum five years’ experience. Work experience may be considered in lieu of education. Excellent writing, editing and proofing skills; the ability to tell a compelling story. Creative and strategic thinker who will develop and implement dynamic integrated communications, media, public relations, and marketing plans that promote and enhance the university’s reputation. Demonstrated successful leadership skills to provide short- and long-term vision and administrative oversight. Ability to maintain calm, professional demeanor under deadline pressure and/or demands from campus community members and event guests. A nose for news.

General Job Requirements: Extraordinary skills in organizing and planning, problem analysis and problem solving. Demonstrated ability to work on deadline in high-pressure situations. Strong interpersonal skills – comfortable in new settings, good communicator/listener, outgoing, personable, confident, risk-taker. Strong time management skills with demonstrated ability to work on several tasks at the same time, prioritize responsibilities, respond to shifting priorities, and complete assigned duties in a timely manner. Ability to maintain a high level of privacy and confidentiality, and to consistently conduct oneself in a professional and diplomatic manner. Technical skills to learn and use systems, applications and databases relating to position.

Desired: Broad-ranging general knowledge of varied academic fields, current news and trends. Experience/familiarity with web/internet-relevant media (Twitter, Facebook, blogging). Experience in higher education.

Notice to Applicants: This position will be posted for a minimum of 5 business days and may close at any time after that without prior notice.

The offer of employment for the final candidate is contingent upon satisfactory completion of and outcomes of a criminal background screening, and upon the acceptance of and returning to the Office of Human Resources a signed original acceptance of the Chapman University Agreement to Arbitrate.


Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.
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