We are currently seeking a full time Public Relations Specialist responsible for creating highly visible PR campaigns and garnering ongoing positive earned media coverage for the nonprofit. We are seeking candidates who are proactive self-starters with a proven track record of developing productive relationships with members of the media and obtaining positive media coverage for their employers. Responsibilities and qualifications are shown below:
Develop strategic media relations and media outreach plans and programs to communicate the organization’s key messages, achieve ongoing positive publicity and assist in achieving department, center and foundation goals.
Manage news media requests and other requests for interviews, stories, tours, broadcasting, photo shoots and filming in and about the center and the foundation. Meet and accompany press for on-site appointments.
Serve as spokesperson/subject matter expert and help other spokespeople present to media.
Monitor, analyze and write reports of news media and publicity results from print, broadcast and digital media. Research media coverage and industry trends.
Develop fresh story ideas, research, write and issue/implement news releases, pitches, key messages, reports, webpage copy, presentations and other communications.
Maintain news media database, write, maintain, update and improve the center’s News Center.
Assist in crisis communications in conjunction with the vice president of communications and marketing.
Plan and manage special media and public relations events designed to generate positive publicity, encourage attendance, promote education and present the center and foundation favorably to current and potential donors as well as prospective employees and volunteers.
Serve key internal department client(s) with its communications needs (public relations, marketing, and other messaging) by developing strategic plans for communications (marketing and public relations) and working with department colleagues to ensure plan is executed in a timely manner.
Use strong communication skills to influence, guide and motivate stakeholders internally and externally with tact, reasoning and sensitivity.
Support and collaborate with the work of Communications Team members.
Work with NASA Johnson Space Center Public Affairs Office to develop a cohesive and mutually beneficial working relationship.
As primary first contact for media, carrying a company-issued mobile phone and being responsive to all media calls, texts and emails the day that they are received, or making arrangements for another team member to respond to any media inquiry the same day it is received.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Communications or Journalism.
Prefer 3-5 years of experience in the field of Public Relations, Media Relations or Journalism.
Excellent spokesperson to news media and excellent public speaking skills.
Excellent writing skills and experience in writing news releases.
Available to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends and be on call at times. Some travel may be required.
High level of professionalism, energy, enthusiasm and collaboration.
Proficient in MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, Cision (or similar platform)
About Space Center Houston
The mission of Space Center Houston is to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. We aspire to be the world’s leading science and space exploration learning center. Owned and operated by the nonprofit Manned Space Flight Education Foundation, we are the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate and a Certified Autism Center. The center features more than 400 space artifacts, hands-on interactive educational exhibits, and robust youth programs interpreting the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human spaceflight program.