Part-Time Professional Writer, College Relations

  • Lone Star College
  • Houston, Texas

Job Description

Part-Time Professional Writer, College Relations - (17001406)


Commitment to Mission:

This job carries with it the obligation to uphold the Mission of Lone Star College (LSC) in carrying out the duties of the position. A commitment to positive interpersonal behaviors, professional communication, diversity, integrity, leadership, stewardship, respect and accountability to LSC students and employees is essential.

Cultural Beliefs:

Students Matter Inspire Excellence Act Intentionally Better Together No Fear! Trust! The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” is designed to recognize colleges that have been successful in creating great workplaces and to further research and understanding of the factors, dynamics and influences that have the most impact on organizational culture at higher education institutions. Lone Star College was recognized in five areas: Confidence in Senior Leadership; Diversity; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job Satisfaction; and Work/Life Balance.

Campus Marketing Statement:

Lone Star College-University Park Lone Star College, located in the north metropolitan Houston area, is one of the largest and fastest growing community colleges in the country featuring six comprehensive colleges and 10 centers with over 95,000 credit and non-credit students each semester, an annual budget exceeding $500,000,000, and 7,300 employees spread over a 2100 square mile area. LSC adds $3.1 billion to the local and regional economy by providing educational opportunities across the north Houston region. Founded in 2010, LSC-University Park is located on a 71-acre campus that includes the comprehensive Lone Star College campus along with Lone Star Corporate College, the LSC-Energy & Manufacturing Center, multiple university partners, a charter high school, several commercial tenants and much more creating the college of the future. LSC-UP’s vision is to be nationally recognized as the model for the innovative college of the 21st century. LSC-UP’s “Invitation to Innovate” (i2i) has resulted in local, national and international awards and recognitions, including one patent. Campus address is 20515 SH 249 (SH 249 and Louetta Road) Houston, Texas 77070-2607

Position Summary:

Responsible for the preparation of news releases and other media relations efforts. Covers campus events and other newsworthy activities to promote good relations between faculty, staff, students, and the community. Advises the Director of College Relations regarding college/ public relations opportunities.

Job Functions:

Prepares news releases for distribution to local media Interviews faculty, staff, students and administrators for inclusion in news releases Writes for a variety of college marketing materials and publications, assisting in promotion and placement of LSC-UP stories in appropriate print/electronic media Serves as secondary college contact for media queries; furnishes information about the college, and assists reporters with stories as requested Serves as assistant editor of college publications Takes appropriate photographs to accompany articles for publications and news releases Assists in planning and implementing a college marketing plan for program publicity and promotion Responsible for other reasonable, related duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Excellent writing, grammar, proofreading, and editing skills Effective public relations, interpersonal, verbal and oral communication skills Ability to use 35 mm digital camera Ability to work and communicate professionally at all times and develop and maintain working relationships with a diverse group of individuals Demonstrated skill in the operation of personal computers, related word-processing, website and graphic-design software and hardware, with the ability to learn new software programs Demonstrated organizational, time management and multitasking skills and ability to meet deadlines in a busy environment with attention to detail Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and work on projects independently Ability to problem solve, exercise sound judgment and maintain a professional, personable demeanor at all times

Physical Abilities:

Minimal physical effort is required


$16.66 per hour

Work Schedule & Conditions:

Travel to campuses (7) within district and local community outreach events may be required Equipment used includes, PC workstation running on a LAN in a Microsoft Windows environment, calculator, phone and other general office equipment Interface with internal and external contacts as needed to carry out the functions of the position Work is performed in a climate-controlled office with minimal exposure to safety hazards

Special Instructions:

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Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, English or related field and at least three years of related work experience, including two or more years of experience in daily newsgathering and dissemination for print/electronic media Preferred: Demonstrated knowledge of Associated Press style and working knowledge of Chicago and APA styles Public relations experience in a non-profit or higher education setting Accredited in Public Relations (APR) Familiarity in advertising, marketing, magazine production and resource database management

Benefits Marketing Statement:

By joining our top notch institution, you will enjoy being a part of an organization recognized for the 3rd year in a row as a "Great College To Work For". We offer a supportive, collegial work environment, excellent work/life balance, tuition reimbursement, participation in the TIAA-CREF retirement plan and more.