Communications Officer/Mobile Journalist

Position Information

Position Information

Department Communications & Marketing
Alternate Department Description

Strategic Communications

Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check No
Restricted Position? No, is eligible for layoff or severance benefits.
Job Category Classified Staff
Role (State) Job Title Public Relations and Marketing Specialist III
Working Title Communications Officer/Mobile Journalist
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number 01788z
Recruit Number Staff - 8564
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
Other Location
Pay Band Payband 4
Salary Mid $40k; commensurate with education and experience
Web Announcement

Communications Officer/Mobile Journalist

The George Mason University Office of Communications and Marketing is seeking a communications officer/mobile journalist for its Strategic Communications team.

We are looking for a skilled writer and content producer who can create and share compelling stories about our people, programs and research. We are particularly interested in unconventional storytellers who think outside the box and use words, as well as pictures and video, to show what takes place on our campus.

Candidates should be able to deliver sharp, punchy stories that are newsworthy, fun to read or look at, and convey messages about the university. S/he should be a good writer who is also capable of shooting short videos and taking photos. Ideally, we want someone who is just as comfortable producing listicles and photo essays as they are with writing traditional news narratives. If you are the kind of writer who likes to talk with people, carry a camera on assignment – or use your cell phone, when necessary – and share content on social media, we want to hear from you.

In this position, you may also be asked to draft daily or weekly media lists, pitch stories and faculty members to news media, and assist with internal communication. Occasional evening or weekend work may be required.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Research, pitch and produce stories and content for The George newsletter, the website, social media channels and other university publications.
  • Take photos or video at campus events, or to accompany stories.
  • Work collaboratively with Strategic Communication team to use multimedia strategies to bring stories to life.
  • Manage the Mason News Twitter account and creatively look for ways to share George Mason University news content on social media platforms.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, journalism or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated professional experience or a portfolio of work that demonstrates proficiency with multimedia storytelling in a deadline- and results-driven environment.
  • Excellent written, verbal and editorial skills.
  • Ability to manage deadlines with little to no supervision and to adjust to changing priorities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience and confidence using DSLR cameras, editing systems, and sound recording equipment.
  • Experience with audio, video, photo editing and publishing software.
  • Experience managing a social media account.
  • Experience working with Adobe Premier and Photoshop.
Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, a list of three professional references with contact information, and three (3) writing samples or multimedia samples that show a range of style or a link to a portfolio website.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: March 2, 2018
Posting Date 02/16/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly?
Mason Ad Statement

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Supplemental Questions

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Supplemental Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
  4. Writing Sample
  5. Other Doc (as specified in Special Instructions) 2
Optional Documents
  1. Other Doc (as specified in Special Instructions)