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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium


This is a full-time position that supports public relations activities for all Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium departments and programs and the institutional goals of: 1) promoting Mote’s research, 2) generating attendance for Mote Aquarium, Education programs and events and 3) supporting fundraising efforts. Information technology supports and enhances the institution’s reputation, integrity and partnerships.
The primary emphasis is media relations — this position is responsible for initiating and managing regular contact with local, regional and national media, including being the primary responder to incoming media queries and primary media escort at Mote’s Sarasota County facilities. This position also develops (in conjunction with the Content Development Manager and the adjunct Vice President of Community Relations and Communications (AVP)) and implements a media-relations strategy that supports institutional objectives.
Major tasks and Responsibilities
   » Works with AVP of Community Relations and Communications and Content Development Manager along with other staff in the Education, Aquarium and Outreach departments to execute and support everyday activities of each department.. tasks include:
   » Media relations – developing and maintaining strong professional relationships with members of the media at the local, state and national level. Mote’s Public Relations Manager should be the go-to source for reporters covering coastal and ocean-related news.
   » Manages media database, including updating current contacts as reporters and adding new contacts as they are developed (including notes of contact with reporters).
   » Develops story ideas, places stories, handles inquiries, researches and writes news releases (including the media eblast issued every Tuesday, Newsday@Mote).
   » Works with media on site and fulfills photo and video requests.
   » Reviews media contracts for appropriate usage of Mote materials.
   » Serves as a spokesperson for Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium as appropriate.
   » Handles occasional inquiries from the general public via phone, website and in person.
   » Supports and enhances institutional partnerships, including representing Mote at off-site events and in professional organizations.
   » Monitors media for placement about Mote and issues related to Mote’s mission to inform staff, Trustees and volunteers. Provides regular newsclips to internal audiences on a monthly basis.
   » Creates institutional messages for issues and programs to be used across communication platforms.
   » Manages Communications interns and Communications volunteers
   » Performs other tasks as assigned.

practice Required

Minimum Qualifications and expertise: •Strong organizational expertise and capability to juggle multiple priorities and tasks simultaneously•Creative and detail-oriented•Excellent written and verbal communication expertise and the capability to simplify complex topics for a general audience•capability to work with volunteers, interns and staff at all levels•Administrative expertise and proficiency with Microsoft Office.•Minimum of 2 years journalism, writing, editing, public relations and/or marketing practice. •A four-year college degree preferred in a communications field including journalism, marketing, public relations or related field or equivalent work practice in a similar environment.•expertise of common marketing and public relations practices and tools•capability to lift at least 50 pounds Preferred practice/Background •practice placing stories with national media•expertise of basic scientific processes and terminology•Interest in marine science


$45,000 - $50,000

How to submit the application:

Interested candidates should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume or CV, 3) three writing samples that show your work in PR, news reporting, magazine features or other types of journalism, and 4) the names and contact information for three references, before 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2018. to Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 9413884441

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