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Public Relations Specialist

Company: The University of Georgia
Location: Athens
Posted on: August 7, 2022

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Public Relations Specialist


PSO-Small Business Dev Center

About the University of Georgia

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the states oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The Universitys main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The Universitys enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Full/Part time

Full Time

Work Schedule

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M-F, 8-5; some nights and weekends

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Open until filled


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Special Instructions to Applicants

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Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

UGA Statement

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.

Position Information

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Marketing/Public Relations Professional



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Minimum Qualifications

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

Position Summary

This position will serve as a marketing and public relations professional to assist the state office by writing and publishing client success stories, assisting in the creation of social media marketing plans for local offices, and producing research reports and publics for the Small Business and its impact on Georgia and annual Congressional reports. This position is essential to maintaining adequate marketing and public relations across the 18 SBDC local offices.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Excellent writing and editing skills, as well as visual storytelling abilities.
Ability to develop engaging and impactful story content.
Ability to write and edit using AP style.
Familiarity with photography and/or videography best practices.
Strong organizational skills and project management experience.
Meticulous attention to detail.
Experience with email marketing platforms (MailChimp).
Proficient in Adobe Suite (InDesign, Illustrator) preferred.
Familiarity with Wordpress CMS.
Proficient in typical office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

Physical Demands

Typical office environment. Some travel. Lift 25 lbs.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)


Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the website.



Develop SBDC client success stories to illustrate program impact
Produce high-quality SBDC stories which illustrate program impact to SBDC stakeholders. Maintain a story production volume of 2 stories per month. Manage vendor relationships with external writers (as needed), photographers and videographers.

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Manage Client Success Story and Business Sense Article Intake & Publication Processes
Manage the intake process of consultant-submitted client success stories. Maintain strong internal deadlines and communicate deadlines with SBDC faculty and staff. Routinely review submissions for client success story ideas, collaborating with faculty members and clients to develop story angles. Ensure all SBDC and SBA policies regarding client confidentiality are followed. Maintain database of completed stories and articles. Collect Business Sense articles written by SBDC Business Consultants. Work with outside partners for article and story placement in statewide and local media. Ensure SBDC website is up-to-date with recent stories.

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Create Social Media and Field Offices
Assist Marketing Manager with creation of engaging social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn) content for both the SBDC state office and field offices across Georgia. Utilize social media best practices and adhere to UGA branding guidelines.

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Produce SBDC research reports and publications
Provide content and editorial guidance for annual SBDC research publications (Small Business and Its Impact on Georgia) and impact / annual Congressional reports. Provide design assistance as needed.

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Provide overall SBDC Marketing Support and Training
Provide backup support to the SBDC marketing team as needed. Provide administrative assistance for the SBDC Advisory Council

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Manage Quarterly Newsletters
Produce quarterly print and digital newsletters to include content creation, layout, and distribution. Design print newsletters using Adobe InDesign; produce and distribute digital newsletters using Mailchimp. Manage print jobs with outside vendors. Maintain and update state newsletter distribution list.

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Contact Information

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For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

Recruitment Contact Name

Macy Thomas

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