Media Relations Coordinator

Company:
Indiana Economic Development Corporation
1 N Capitol Ave. Suite 700
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Title: Media Relations Coordinator
Job Type: Full-time
Description:

Summary:

Support the overall communications strategy and efforts for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, ensuring that the IEDC, Indiana’s pro-growth business climate, and the state’s economic development priorities are represented often and accurately in state, regional, national and international media.

Examples of Essential Functions:

  • Coordinate with private-sector businesses, state agencies and local communities across the state to draft and distribute news releases highlighting new businesses, job creation plans and industry growth.
  • Assist the corporation in serving as a spokesperson, responding to various media inquiries and proactively pitching media on news and stories that highlight Indiana’s business climate and support the IEDC’s strategic priorities and services.
  • Draft executive briefings, talking points and fact sheets for media interviews, events, or for related high-profile and breaking news.
  • Monitor media coverage, both in traditional outlets and on digital media, distributing daily media updates and sharing insight with leadership and external-facing employees as needed.
  • Plan, draft and edit various communications materials, including letters, speeches, press releases and media advisories, web content, social media messages, scripts and publications.
  • Coordinate with external stakeholders and partners to maximize promotion of the IEDC and its priorities, advancing the corporation’s relationships and ensuring communications partnerships are mutually beneficial.
  • Maximize social media and online tools to more effectively communicate with news media and stakeholders.
Qualifications:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, public relations, communications, or related field.

Experience:    

  • Two to five years related professional work experience, preferably with experience in the private sector
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Personal relationships with journalists in one or more of the IEDC’s key markets a plus
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects to meet both internal and external deadlines, and perform other work-related duties as assigned
  • Must have the ability to multi-task and work effectively under pressure
  • Proficient in business and technical writing, writing for the media, copy editing and verbal communications

Knowledge of:

  • News media, news structure and ethics, journalistic techniques, terminology and AP Style
  • Public affairs relative to economic development a plus

Ability to:

  • Excel in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Effectively communicate information and ideas in written and verbal format, and build and maintain relationships
  • Prioritize multiple projects
  • Handle stressful situations in a tactful manner
  • Maintain confidentiality
How To Apply:

Email resume, cover letter and 2-3 writing samples to jobs@iedc.in.gov.