Assistant Director, Media and Public Relations
Job Details
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Media - Journalism - Newspaper
Assistant Director, Media and Public Relations

What we do and offer our team:

AGU is a global community of 130,000 Earth and space scientists, advocates and experts. As the Assistant Director, Media and Public Relations, you will support a dynamic association that publishes peer-reviewed journals and scientific books and convenes the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. Through our initiatives, such as mentoring, professional development and awards, AGU upholds and fosters an inclusive and diverse scientific community.

AGU offers our employees great benefits, including flexible work schedules, retirement savings options, as well as health, dental, life and disability insurance. AGU also provides exciting opportunities for professional development and tuition support.


AGU’s Workplace Values

We believe in accountability and ownership of work, by taking responsibility for decisions and results. We believe in member and customer service, and that they come first through providing high quality service.


We believe in excellence and giving it our all, through striving to be outstanding. We believe in integrity by doing the right thing, we achieve this by being honest and fair.


Our teams believe that with teamwork together we achieve more, we achieve this through collaboration. We believe in respect, that you earn it and give it, by open communication and collaboration.


What the Assistant Director, Media, and Public Relations does:

  • Relationship-building with science and mainstream media outlets, reporters, freelancers, bloggers, scientists, and institutional and agency senior staff and public Information officers.
  • Develops and manages budget and contracts, initiates multimedia experiences and experiments to enrich AGU content, oversees AGU’s three journalism awards, and carries out special projects and other ad hoc assignments, as needed.
  • Drives external promotion of AGU’s science and global initiatives.
  • Leads and nurtures a team of communications specialists that develops, coordinates, and executes publicity campaigns, strategic communications, and outreach for the organization’s research.
  • Oversees extensive press operations.

What the  Assistant Director, Media, and Public Relations brings to the team:

  • Strategic thinking and ability to independently translate vision and aspirations into executable plans.
  • Outstanding and effective writing and editing skills demonstrated by a body of successful work in publicity and/or journalism. 
  • Seasoned news judgment and demonstrated experience targeting, pitching to and engaging with top journalists.  
  • Experience translating science into simple concepts in an engaging, accurate way for the public.   
  • Seasoned social media strategist with proven experience as an innovator in development of content types and utilization of multimedia. 
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate easily and effectively with scientists and researchers, including those at the senior level, as well as AGU staff and leaders in both public and private settings.  
  • Excellent mentoring skills: demonstrated track record training, coaching, and developing staff and interns in strategic communications and science journalism. 
  • Ability to independently prioritize work and ensure that staff and financial resources are well invested. 
  • Confidence and motivation to operate independently. 
  • Ambition to introduce new storytelling approaches and lead the way with experimentation. 
  • Strong organizational skills, as well as attention to detail and ability to manage complexity.   
  • Skillfulness as a networker and recruiter; adept at quickly establishing relationships with members of the press, public information officers and senior officials at partner organizations and institutions, guest bloggers and scientists. 
  • Knowledge of news media monitoring systems, such as Cision or Vocus preferred. 
  • Ability to create and manage a budget. 
  • Ability to travel. 
  • 8+ years of experience in publicity, media relations, journalism, or related field required, with a Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree preferred.  Minimum of 2 years in a management role in a publicity, media relations, journalism, or related field.