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Public and Media Relations Coordinator

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Work type: Full-time Salaried
Location: Overland Park Main Campus
Categories: Administrative Support

Position, Department: Public and Media Relations Coordinator, Strategic Communications & Marketing

Type of Position: Full-time Salaried, Exempt

Work Schedule, Hours per week: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 40 hours per week

Pay Range:  $50,441 - $63,051 annually and determined based on relevant years of work experience.

Opportunity for hybrid schedule: Yes 

Benefits Category: Full-time Benefits 

Position Summary: The Public and Media Relations Coordinator independently researches, identifies and delivers compelling story hooks, narratives and experiences that magnify key brand messages and communicate the value of JCCC to a variety of audiences, including the media, community contacts, area influencers, campus community and area higher education professionals.
They work with the Director of Strategic Marketing Planning to develop a strategic public relations plan to drive earned media mentions. They collaborate with others on the marketing team to define and pursue an approach that supports the College’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals. They identify campus initiatives, achievements and student stories that can act as proof points to build a broad understanding of JCCC and its value in the community.

Required Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, marketing, communications, journalism, English, or related field from an accredited four-year college or university
• Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in public relations, content creation, media or similar in a business or educational environment
• Demonstrated experience handling public relations and outreach activities
• Strong writing skills that prioritize clarity and plain language
• Knowledge of Associated Press style guidelines
• Experience building positive relationships with others in the workplace, particularly those who work in different disciplines and departments
• Demonstrates excellent verbal and presentation skills; comfortable with public speaking
• Ability to write about a variety of topics and subjects in a way that appeals to the reader, whether they’re a member of the media or the public
• Ability to work under pressure, turn work quickly and honor established deadlines
• Strong attention to detail and a concern for quality. A self-starter who can manage a variable personal workload with minimal supervision
• Comfortable working effectively in a hybrid work environment
• Exhibits outstanding professionalism, judgment, and integrity
• Experience with media monitoring software

Preferred Qualifications: • Experience working in higher education
• Familiarity with video recording, editing and production
• Experience working with Kansas City area media outlets
• Experience providing media coaching and training to leaders and executives
• Experience using content management systems, email marketing systems and project management systems
• Crisis management training and/or experience

To be considered for this position we will require an application, resume, cover letter, and 2-3 writing samples

*Unofficial transcripts are required for all Adjunct faculty and Faculty positions.

Position Details: Job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Build relationships with JCCC leaders and other internal stakeholders like members of the staff and faculty to identify and deliver achievements, student stories, events and other topics to the media. Create media alerts, releases, pitches and other communication to positively shape external perceptions of JCCC as an education provider, educational and cultural resource and valuable community partner. 
  • Develop relationships and manage communication with journalists and other influencers to drive awareness of JCCC and its many offerings in pursuit of the best possible editorial coverage in print, broadcast and online media. Maintain an organized and accurate list of public relations contacts. Identify and work with campus subject matter experts to craft quotes and satisfy requests for interviews. 
  • Create, release and track the effectiveness and reach of public relations tactics, including media releases, media alerts, story pitches, outreach activities, special events, sponsored content, etc.
  • Work with others on campus to coordinate select special events like open houses and media visits that can act as media hooks, drive media mentions and expand the community’s understanding of JCCC, its brand, and its offerings. 

*Duties and responsibilities, as required by business necessity, may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing. Scheduling, shift assignments and work location may be changed at any time, as required by business necessity.

About JCCC: Established in 1969, Johnson County Community College is dedicated to transforming lives and strengthening communities through learning. Located in Overland Park, Kansas, JCCC has enjoyed a national reputation for educational excellence and student success for more than 50 years. That's five decades dedicated to smaller class sizes, more resources and a thriving campus culture – not to mention our competitive tuition rates and extracurricular experiences that transcend the norm.

Equal Employment Opportunity: JCCC provides equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals and is an affirmative action employer.  JCCC does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, religion, marital status, parental status, military status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or other factors that cannot be lawfully considered in its programs and activities, which includes employment and admissions, in accordance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Executive Order 11246, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act, the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002, the Kansas Acts Against Discrimination and all other applicable civil rights and nondiscrimination laws. 

Inquiries concerning JCCC's compliance with its nondiscrimination policies (including Title IX, Title VI and Section 504 inquiries) may be referred to a Title IX Coordinator (, or Director of Human Resources, or the Dean of Students and Learner Engagement at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210, 913-469-8500; or to Office for Civil Rights, Kansas City Office, U.S. Department of Education, One Petticoat Lane, 1010 Walnut Street, Suite 320, Kansas City, MO 64106, Telephone: 816-268-0550,Facsimile: 816-268-0559, Email to:

Disclosure:  If you need any assistance throughout the search process, please reach out to the HR Generalist for this position. In accordance with the college policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. Individual hiring departments at JCCC may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions as part of the applicant selection/hiring process. Many departments require those selected for hire to submit a certified transcript for all degrees obtained. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the review date listed in posting.

If you are an applicant requesting assistance or a reasonable accommodation in the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 913-469-3877, or email


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