Public Relations Manager (HYBRID) at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island

Posted in Other 11 days ago.

Job Description:

Category:: Education


Department:: Marketing and Communications

Locations:: Newport, RI

Posted:: Jan 10, 2024

Closes:: Open Until Filled

Type:: Full-time

Position ID:: 171597

About Salve Regina University:

Salve Regina University, ranked as one of the most transformative colleges in the United States by Money Magazine, is a comprehensive Catholic University located in the scenic coastal community of Newport, Rhode Island. The University's commitment to academic success and personal discovery extends beyond its historic campus into a dynamic world where the application of higher thinking and skill are most valued. Salve Regina offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, graduate certificates, and doctoral programs in humanities, international relations and nursing. Enrollment includes more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Job Description:

***This position is eligible for up to two days remote work per week.


Broaden the reach and awareness of Salve Regina University locally, regionally, and nationally through the creation and execution of strategic and creative public relations and media outreach initiatives.


  • Develop and implement publicity plans for strategic University priorities, and notable student/faculty achievements, research, projects, and events.

  • Cultivate and sustain meaningful relationships with members of the press locally, regionally, and nationally.

  • Write press releases, analyze media coverage, and handle appropriate follow-ups and/or responses.

  • Identify and develop key contacts with city and state officials, local organizations, and other influencers for areas of synergy to increase the awareness of Salve with their audiences.

  • Create talking points and train/prepare University staff and faculty for media opportunities and interviews.

  • Coordinate publicity for the University and respond to media requests for information about lectures, events and exhibits, conferences and general programs


  • Develop a "go-to" list of faculty experts, and proactively connect with key/broadcast editors and producers to be a resource for information.

  • Leverage faculty experts through the creation of timely media pitches that tie to current/trending news.

  • Monitor media placements as well as competitive industry news and share insights with university leadership.

  • Maintain up-to-date media lists, internal email lists, and public information databases.

  • Leverage software systems such as Merit and Cision to maximize reach and mentions of Salve, in coordination with the content marketing team.

  • Develop regular reporting to document viewership and coverage trends.




The incumbent is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.


Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree with minimum of five years of experience in a related field.

  • Experience creating, implementing, and tracking success of public relations and/or media strategies.

  • Demonstrated ability to write effectively with excellent attention to detail.

  • Avid consumer of local and national news, current events, and social trends.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Over 5 years of experience in public relations, media, or communications position.

  • Previous work in higher education or other complex industry.

  • Experience simplifying complex projects or issues into talking points and pitches.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to influence and motivate others.

  • Knowledge of AP Style.

Additional Information:

Salve Regina University offers generous benefits to eligible employees including (waiting periods apply):

  • health, dental and vision coverage available on the first of the month following date of hire

  • 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA with employee and employer contributions as well as access to advising services

  • long-term disability coverage

  • employer-paid life and AD&D insurance

  • up to 100% free tuition at Salve for eligible employees and qualified dependents

  • robust wellness program and free access to the on-campus Fitness Center

Other available benefits include:

  • supplemental life insurance for employees and dependents

  • supplemental insurance coverage through Aflac

  • Tuition Exchange scholarship program. Application available for qualified dependents of eligible employees working full-time

  • discounted pet insurance through ASPCA

  • student loan forgiveness assistance program (SAVI)

  • discounted auto and home insurance through Liberty Mutual

  • employee Assistance Program through Coastline EAP

  • flexible spending health and dependent care accounts

  • health savings accounts

  • 529 collegebound saver program

For more detailed information on Salve's benefits, visit

Salve Regina University strives to cultivate belonging values through diversity, equity inclusion in order to foster a welcoming culture for our staff, faculty and students, as well as the wider community. Salve Regina University embraces all people with grace. No matter the path traveled to get here, the University acknowledges that many identities will intersect. Salve Regina belongs to all in its community.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online for any open staff and faculty positions by providing a cover-letter and resume. Pre-employment background checks and reference checks are required of successful candidates. Salve Regina University participates in E-verify. (Spanish)


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