Information Specialist I, Office Of Communications And Marketing

University Of Tennessee Knoxville , TN 37902

Posted 4 months ago

Regular Full-time, Pay Grade 38

The Office of Communications and Marketing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seeks applications and nominations for the position of a Public Relations Specialist I.

UT is the state's flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant university, the institution fulfills its access mission through a commitment to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement.

The Office of Communications and Marketing is dedicated to advancing the university's reputation. Staff members support the institution's mission and goals, promote its successes and achievements, inform and engage its stakeholders, and ensure the integrity of its brand. We craft audience-focused communications based on data, best-practices, and emerging trends. The division employs more than 50 full-time professionals across several cross-functional teams

Creative, Digital, Marketing, News, Special Events, Video, and WUOT 91.9FM.

The PR Specialist I (student communications coordinator) position works as a member of the Office of Communications and Marketing to support the mission of the university. This position works with units and centers on campus to promote student-related news and updates via internal communications, media placements, and social media.


  • Works with clients within Division of Student Life, Enrollment Management, and diversity and engagement to generate news and feature stories that advance the university's strategic goals

  • Generates ideas for developing trend stories and pitches to media to capitalize on current events and feature UT experts as thought leaders

  • Edits submitted content for news releases, websites, and other uses with a focus on the intended audience

  • Serves as member of social media team

  • Contributes to student-related issues management and crisis communications

  • Develops, writes, edits, and distributes student electronic newsletters and broadcast emails through use of content management system

  • Provides on-site assistance and serves as lead media contact for student events

  • Works closely with teams across the Office of Communications and Marketing to develop and execute student communication-focused marketing plans, events, and other initiatives

  • Contributes to a team by helping clients develop communication goals and plans to reach student audiences

  • Co-manages student intern

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Understanding of communicating with a variety of audiences (specifically current and prospective students)

  • Working with traditional and emerging media

  • Issues management and crisis communication

  • Knowledge of UT brand

  • Familiarity with student life and student organizations in a higher education environment

  • Good writing and editing skills


Required: Bachelor's degree. This is an entry-level position. The candidate must have an ability to write and have a general knowledge of student-focused issues.

Preferred: Familiarity with student life and student organizations in a higher education environment

Application Process

A review of all applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants must apply electronically through Taleo and submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references.

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Information Specialist I, Office Of Communications And Marketing

University Of Tennessee