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Assistant Director, Health Sciences, Media Relations
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 23, 2022
Title Assistant Director, Health Sciences, Media Relations
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Department The Trustees of Tufts College
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Communications/Public Relations


Tufts University Communications and Marketing’s Media Relations team has an opening for an assistant director of media relations—with a portfolio focus on securing media coverage of the university’s health sciences and research areas, including nutrition science and policy and human and animal health and medicine.


What You'll Do

The Assistant Director of Media Relations “pitches” stories to reporters, editors, producers and columnists, including top-tier national and international media, regional media and trade publications. The Assistant Director works closely with faculty and researchers to promote their work, evaluates and responds to media requests, and occasionally produces and edits content, particularly about science research.

What We're Looking For

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 5+ years of media relations and communications experience.
  • Proven media outreach experience and success pitching a high-volume portfolio of work
  • Strong writing, editing, verbal, organization, time management, and analytical skills and comfort with scientific, technical or other complex subject matter
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office, and familiarity with digital and social media tools.
  • Skilled in establishing fruitful collaborations with colleagues that enrich the professional experience and greatly improve the end product


Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in journalism and social media
  • Experience in higher education, life sciences or medicine/health care/nutrition
  • Experience in multimedia
  • Familiarity with general academic and scientific research practices (types of research, peer review, publication, etc.)
  • Experience with Cision, EurekAlert, and similar media relations tools
  • Strong desire to work in a collaborative environment

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.


Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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