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Meridian Public School District seeking a public relations director

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The Meridian Public School District is hiring for a public relations director. It is the responsibility of the Director of Public Relations to coordinate all aspects of district communications, assuring accurate and timely flow of information between the district and its publics; direct overall publishing of forms and publications necessary to the smooth operation of district; facilitate positive community relations, and programs; participate in planning and developing district programs and services.

Essential Functions
· Provides technical assistance in editing, designing, publishing approved school-related publications and forms, such as programs, handbooks, brochures, etc.
· Furnishes media with news, announcements and calendars concerning school activities as well as news memos on potential human interest or late-breaking stories.
· Assists in scheduling press conferences and appearances on radio or TV talk shows or at civic meetings and assists media in clearing and arranging interviews, appearances, and photo sessions in schools or with school personnel and secure parental release when required.
· Edits and publishes district periodicals, including brochures for recruitment and for parents of students new to the district.
· Photographs events and news makers for above services.
· Supervises and coordinates operation of district print services.
· Coordinates district Adopt-A-School program.
· Publicizes/advertises school services, such as summer programs, pre-registration, and new programs.
· Produces school/district promotional media such as advertising, promotional videos, slide productions, and coordinates requests from outside agencies for access to schools/classrooms/buses, etc. for similar productions.
· Participates/directs in staff development activities related to public information/image development for professional and support personnel.
· Participates in Chamber of commerce activities and other school-community programs.
· Coordinates district involvement in community service programs and special observances such as American Education Week, United Way, etc.
· Participates with Superintendent in student and employee appreciation/achievement recognition events/honors (plaques, luncheons, dinners, certificates, awards, etc.)
· Maintains media clippings/research files for district.
· Coordinates student/family/newcomer recruitment services/activities through realtors, Chamber of Commerce, individual referrals.
· Coordinates with superintendent information meetings/luncheons/tours for focus groups.
· Participates in strategic planning and program development.
· Assists with school/district crisis interventions.
· Assists superintendent with reports, awards and presentation proposals, etc.
· Maintains talent bank of district personnel to communicate school issues and programs to public.
· Coordinates district level tours, visits by other districts, agencies, officials.
· Advises superintendent and staff of public relations impact of pertinent issues and events.
· Accepts responsibilities as assigned by the superintendent.
· Maintains open lines of communication with all community organizations and provides prompt responses to requests for information regarding the policies and programs of the district.
· Creates and manages the district’s social media accounts

Reports to: Superintendent

Qualification Profile
· Bachelors degree in communication or related field.
· General knowledge of printing processes, school management, and Microsoft Office Programs
· Skills in handling deadlines, interruptions, and public inquiries.
· Strong communication skills.

For more information, visit the job posting.

Communications manager position open in Starkville

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The National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center located in The Mill at Mississippi State University has a high-level public relations position open for a communications manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Handle broad-based, often complex, communication for internal and/or external audiences.
  2. Proactively communicates project status, issues, and risks, and develop and deliver progress reports to senior management.
  3. Proactively manage changes in project scope in coordination with senior management.
  4. Identify, develop, and initiate innovations and solutions where precedents and procedures may not exist.
  5. Provides ethical counsel, mentoring, coaching, and direction in communication and related contexts to team members.
  6. Effectively delegates tasks and responsibilities to appropriate personnel.
  7. Creates and manages website content, including the homepage, program pages, blog, web forms, and other such areas of the website.
  8. Develops and maintains the center’s traditional media and social media content plan and manage, promote and track the center’s media presence.
  9. Coordinates and participates in the creation and dissemination of center reports, bulletins, briefs, and other publications.
  10.  Coordinates and participates in the development of user manuals and other technical guides and documents.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility
Multimedia Specialist and Webmaster (2), Graphic Designer, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research Associate II/III/Sr., and Technical Writer (2).

The above essential duties are representative of major duties in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Master’s degree in Public Relations, Communication, Journalism, Broadcasting, Marketing, Digital Communication, Mass Media, or related field

Experience (yrs.): Three years progressively responsible and successful experience leading the public relations function, including developing and managing web sites and multi-media projects.
No substitutions allowed for education or experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience beyond the minimum

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The successful candidate must possess excellent skills in verbal and written communication, public-speaking, and customer service. The candidate also must be self-motivated and detail-oriented with the ability to work independently and with a wide range of constituencies. Extensive travel may be required.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • No unusual physical requirements. Requires limited lifting of files and records and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
  • Frequent external imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis.
  • Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands.

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability.

Instructions for Applying:

Applicants should complete online application at explore.msujobs.msstate.edu and upload a cover letter and current resume. Applicants should also submit two letters of recommendation (mailed by authors separately to nSPARC) and an official transcript for each terminal degree and each terminal diploma (provide English translation if necessary).

Address all supporting materials and reference letters to:

Chair, Communications Manager Search Committee
National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center
P.O. Box 6027
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Find more information on the Mississippi State University website: http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/cw/en-us/job/495572/communications-manager

Communications Coordinator – Mississippi Hospital Association

by Sandi Beason

The Mississippi Hospital Association is currently hiring a Communications Coordinator.

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and implementation of communications for MHA and its subsidiary companies. Provides strong writing, editing and production oversight for communication projects, as well as any project or task assigned by the VP of Education & Public Relations. Oversees new content development for and maintenance of the MHA web site and social media channels. Coordinates the day-to-day operations of the Public Relations Department.

This position requires the ability to communicate professionally both verbally and in writing. Must also have expertise in email marketing programs, basic graphic design skills (Photoshop preferred), basic database skills, desktop publishing software, and Power Point design.

A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English or related field with a minimum of two years of experience is required. Applicant should also have excellent communications, research, and organization skills.

This position will report to the VP of Education and Public Relations. 

Please forward your resume with cover letter to Curnis Upkins, Jr., cupkins@mhanet.org, if interested in the position.

Communications Director wanted for Operation Shoestring

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Operation Shoestring is looking for a full-time Communications Director, who will be supervised by the Executive Director, although s/he will also work closely with the programs director, the financial director, the program coordinators, and the development staff. With a strategic plan centered on the following objectives, the communications director will ensure OS constituents—donors, grantmakers, volunteers, the community at large—are receiving consistent and powerful messaging that is intentional in its purpose, timing and format. This is essential, as effective communications are what expand program impact beyond the individuals directly served, to the hearts and minds of an entire community, city, state, etc., thus promoting not only OS messaging, but ultimately resource development and organizational sustainability.

Job Responsibilities

Establish OS as leader/authority in the field of community transformation via a variety of methods/approaches, including the following:

  • Editorial/article placement in media
  • Promote OS leadership as go-to resource for local media outlets
  • Promote OS leadership as speakers/representatives in relevant forums

Engage and motivate a growing set of stakeholders via a variety of methods/approaches, including the following:

  • Promote OS messaging through traditional and social media, including TV/newspaper ads, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Design and create content for print publications, including newsletters, email blasts, website, brochures, signage, etc.
  • Manage regular communications with donors, including thanks and recognition
  • Develop strategy to expand outreach to new, potential donors
  • Develop strategy to identify and capture specific success stories from service community members and OS alumni for marketing use

Promote the vision and purpose of OS campaigns/events to ensure their success, including the following:

  • Annual fundraising events
  • Capital campaign
  • MS Statewide Afterschool Network
  • Alignment Jackson
  • City/State-wide summits

Ensure all communications adhere to consistent OS brand/messaging

  • Create and maintain OS brand/format manual for use by staff/board/volunteers
  • Create and update OS presentation packages (PowerPoint, speaking points, handouts)

Must have reliable transportation, liability insurance for personal vehicle and valid driver’s license. Limited travel may be required. For more information, visit the Operation Shoestring website.

University Press of Mississippi seeking a part-time marketing aide

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The University Press of Mississippi is seeking a part-time marking aide. This position is targeted for recent college graduates or current college students who may desire experience in the workplace related to publishing, marketing, communication, public relations, publicity, and similar fields.

Total hours: 16 per week

Salary: minimum wage

Answers to: Marketing Assistant


Generally to assist a marketing department of five publishing professionals

Assist in the sales and promotion of scholarly and trade books; assist in the filing of marketing materials and record keeping; assist in the management of review contact lists; assist in the assembly of review copy materials sent to the warehouse; assist in the dissemination of news releases and promotional material via email and via traditional mailings; assist in the dissemination of flyers, eflyers, and other promotional materials for authors’ uses and for direct mail marketing; assist in the processing of desk and examination copy requests for professors; assist in the maintenance or creation of title metadata; assist in the preparation of exhibits, sales kits and other sales materials; experience with Microsoft Word, Outlook email, and Excel, and/or willingness to learn ACUMEN Inventory Management System, Adobe InDesign, Biblio, Canva, and other software is encouraged.


This entry-level publishing and marketing position pays minimum wage. Work must be completed in daylight hours in our offices in Jackson, Mississippi.


Please send resumé and cover letter to Steven B. Yates, Associate Director / Marketing Director, syates@mississippi.edu AND Jordan Nettles, Marketing Assistant, jnettles@mississippi.edu.