The Public Relations communications specialist is a writer who must be skilled in various types of writing, including news, features, blogs and web content. The specialist will work to keep the public informed, through written communications for print and broadcast media and for the Hinds website, about policies, activities, projects and plans of Hinds Community College. The communications specialist will attend college events, gather data, research material, conduct interviews and write news releases, feature articles, people profiles, public service announcements, material for special publications, assist with scripts for audio-visual productions and any other writing as needed, with an emphasis on news and feature writing. This employee will assign photography and news video as needed to complete the above projects through the college photographers or multimedia specialist. As part of writing responsibilities, the communications specialist will use Associated Press style to rewrite and edit materials including news releases, publications, web content and scripts as needed or assigned. Other capabilities, such as photography or graphics design, are a plus but not essential to the functions of the communications specialist.
Mandatory: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in public relations, journalism, communications, new media or a directly related field, and one (1) year of directly related experience; proficiency in utilizing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Desirable: A master’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in public relations, journalism, communications, new media or a directly related field and a minimum of one (1) year of directly related experience; OR at least 18 graduate hours in journalism-related field and experience in student publications. Proficiency in utilizing WordPress for blogging; photography, video or graphic design experience utilizing Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign and Photoshop.