Public Relations Specialist – US Based Remote Opportunity

Common App

Not Specified, United States Full-time in Advert / Media / Entertainment
    • Job ID 1440077

    Job Description


    Do you have a passion for higher education? Do you want to make a positive impact on the college admissions process? Our staff help to remove barriers and encourage students to forge their path to a better future. Common App is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process. Each year we support more than 1 million students, one-third of whom are first-generation, as they apply to our more than 900 diverse member colleges & universities using the Common App’s free online application.

    If you are an experienced Public Relations Specialist professional and want to be part of a mission-driven non-profit that uses innovative technology to advance the college admission process, Common App may be a great match for you. Common App is currently searching for a Public Relations Specialist


    As a member of the Communications team, and reporting to Director of Media and External Affairs, this position is responsible for helping to increase brand awareness using effective communications and media relations tactics for the Common Application. This individual is on the frontlines of working with national, trade, and local press contacts as well as industry thought leaders and influencers. They also support the Director of Media and External Affairs with planning and project management.



    This role requires:

    • Candidates must live in the United States.
    • At least 3-5 years of successful, progressive experience in public relations, corporate communications, or marketing communications roles.
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher from four-year college or university; and; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Proven track record of crisis management; ability to build and maintain strong relationships with both local and national business and industry media outlets.
    • Experience in acting as a company spokesperson; comfortable and skilled in speaking on the record.
    • Proven track record designing and executing successful public relations campaigns at both a local and national level.
    • Knowledge of key issues in higher education.
    • A keen eye for detail, quality, and accuracy, with the understanding that any statements, presentations, and materials that are public are representative of a high-visibility, well-respected, national organization.
    • Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
    • Comfortable and successful with cross-organizational collaboration to ensure the best results for a public relations program.
    • Ability to understand and disseminate complex data narratives.

    The ideal candidate will possess:

    • Experience developing and managing a speakers bureau.
    • Experience in Higher Education.
    • Experience working for non-profits, educational institutions, or education technology.
    • Government affairs and/or public policy experience.
    • A passion for higher education is a plus.


    Target hiring salary range $75,000-$78,000


    Common App is a virtual first environment. We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive salary and an extensive benefits package including:

    • Paid time off
      • Vacation Leave (starting at 10 days per year)
      • Sick Leave (15 days per year)
      • Paid Holidays (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 4th, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Day)
      • Floating Holidays (9 days to be used at employee’s discretion)
    • Healthcare
      • Medical (2 plan options with Cigna including an option for 100% employee coverage)
      • Health Savings Account (HSA) with annual employer contribution starting at $1,500 or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), depending on plan election
      • Dental (plan with MetLife offering 100% employee coverage)
      • Vision benefits (plan with Cigna offering 100% employee coverage)
      • Short + Long Term Disability (100% employer paid)
      • Life + AD&D (100% employer paid)
      • Additional Voluntary Life + AD&D insurance available
      • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Added compensation
      • 403(b) Retirement Plan with 5% employer contribution + additional 5% employer match
      • Stipends (virtual office set up and monthly remote work support)
    • Future growth opportunities within the organization
    • Mental Health Days (12 per year)

    We work to maintain the best possible environment for our staff, where people can learn and grow. We strive to provide a diverse, collaborative, team-oriented, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning, and culture.


    To apply for this opportunity, send your resume and cover letter with salary expectations.

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