Public Relations Manager

Job Description

CU Boulder’s College of Music welcomes applications for a Public Relations Manager. This role will be responsible for media relations, writing, editorial, social media and general promotion of CU Presents (including the Artist Series, Eklund Opera, Holiday Festival, Takács Quartet, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, College of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance events), as well as all public relations needs of the College of Music. As a PR Manager, you will implement public relations plans, write stories, edit publications, oversee social media efforts, and manage website content. This position reports to the Director of Marketing and Public Relations, and works collaboratively with the Assistant Director for Web Communications who generates and manages content for the College of Music as well as the Publications Manager and Marketing Manager.

Who We Are

The University of Colorado Boulder is the state’s flagship institution. The College of Music, founded in 1920, is recognized as one of the top comprehensive music schools in the country. The College of Music offers seven degree programs in over 28 fields of study, at the bachelor’s level through the doctorate. Our dedicated and supportive community of 550 degree-seeking students, 68 full-time faculty, 30 part-time faculty, and 27 professional, technical and administrative staff produces over 350 performances and numerous guest lectures, master-classes, and outreach events each year. Facilities include the historic 2000-seat Macky Auditorium and the Imig Music Building, which houses the Howard B. Waltz Music Library, classrooms, practice rooms, studios, three technology labs, the 500-seat Grusin Music Hall, 117-seat Chamber Hall, and 250-seat Music Theatre.

Key Responsibilities

Writing and Editing

  • Gather and update artist and faculty bios, photographs and blurbs for use on the website, programs and brochures
  • Oversee production and edit content for program books and magazines
  • Write general interest stories for program books
  • Write articles for College of Music news magazine
  • Develop and maintain text style guides
  • Produce weekly PR reports outlining top level trends and concerns for CU Presents and partner organizations’ leadership
  • Proofread written content

Organic Social Media and Website Content Management

  • Post to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and monitor analytics
  • Educate CU artists on social media and promotional best practices
  • Participate in management team
  • Update and manage web content (test and photos) on a regular basis
  • Produce weekly social media reports outlining top level trends and concerns for CU Presents and partner organizations’ leadership

Media Relations

  • Draft press releases for CU Presents and College of Music events as needed
  • Arrange interviews between media writers and artists/directors/faculty
  • Act as liaison between performers and members of the press
  • Liaise between CU Presents, College of Music, and University Communications
  • Arrange promotional photo shoots

What You Should Know

This position requires occasional evening and weekend work.

What We Can Offer

The anticipated starting salary for this position is $46,000.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass.  The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.


What we require:
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism, English, marketing or arts administration OR professional experience in arts management may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.
  • Professional experience writing content for publications and the web.
What you will need:
  • Self-motivated with excellent organizational skills, and demonstrated proficiency in prioritizing work assignments to complete work accurately and in a timely and independent manner
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
What we’d like you to have:
  • Experience managing public social media channels
  • Experience in media relations
  • Extensive editing experience
  • Familiarity with working at the University of Colorado
  • Knowledge of best practices for website design and management
  • Knowledge of theater, dance, and/or music

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Application Materials Required

1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
3. A sample of your professional work.

How To Apply

Please apply by Jan. 7, 2018.

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