|Hiring Company||Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University|
|Salary||4.5 million yen ~ 7 million yen|
Under the leadership of the Media Relations Manager, the Media Relations Specialist is to act as the main point of OIST contact for the media. This person will handle all matters related to the press, including responding to media inquiries, conducting media interviews, monitoring and reporting on media coverage, coordinating press conference and press briefing sessions, and developing good working relationships with journalists and other external and internal stakeholders. Other responsibilities can include writing and editing for press releases and web stories, social media posting and managing projects within the Communication and PR Division.
1. Media Relations
To increase OIST’s visibility in the Japanese and international press, academia, and industry, we need to engage in vigorous communication activities targeting these audiences. One key activity is organizing press conferences and press briefing sessions inside and outside of Okinawa and inviting reporters to conduct interviews and video shoots on the OIST campus. Together with the Media Relations Section leader, the Media Relations Specialist will be tasked with these activities associated with the press.
2. Writing and Editing
While English is an official language of OIST, the university operates in both English and Japanese. An essential part of the Media Relations Specialist role is editing press releases in English and Japanese which were written by Science Writers and translated by translators so that OIST can share news in a timely and effective manner. In addition, the Media Relations Specialist writes and produces publications, web content, and other communication content in English and Japanese.
3. Relationship Building
The Media Relations Specialist works closely with journalists, influencers, people from business and academic, government officials, philanthropists as well as OIST executives, professors, scientists, students and administrative staff. Engaging these stakeholders is a key to fulfilling the position.
4. Reporting and Strategy
As a result of the media relations and content creation, monitoring, analyzing and reporting on media coverage is also a major task of a Media Relations Specialist. Reporting requires attention to detail as well as strategic mind. In addition, this person will provide ideas and input to the strategy of the Media Relations Section.
The Media Relations Section has launched several projects, such as brochures, workshops, and fellowships. As the university continues to grow, many more projects are expected to be launched by the Section. A project requires writing up specifications in English and Japanese, and liaising with vendors and other sections within the university. It also requires attention to detail for scheduling, creating programs and editing document associated with a project. The Media Relations Specialist will handle these responsibilities.
In order to fulfill the responsibility of this position, a Media Relations Specialist needs to commit themselves to learning about OIST research and a wide range of educational and other activities happening at the university. Building long-term rapport with journalists, in particular, requires constant contact with the press to understand their needs and audiences so that OIST can provide and target newsworthy stories.
Support from native English speakers and translators will be available for writing in English.
- Letter of intent in both English and Japanese
- Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese
* Up to 3 references may be requested during the final interview stage.
Starting Date: As early as possible
Term & Working hours:
Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3-month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.
Working hours: Flextime (core time 10:00-15:00) 7.5 hrs per day (Multiplied by prescribed working days per month)
Compensation & Benefits:
Compensation in accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations
|Minimum Experience Level||Over 3 years|
|Career Level||Mid Career|
|Minimum English Level||Business Level (Amount Used: English usage about 50%)|
|Minimum Japanese Level||Fluent|
|Minimum Education Level||Bachelor's Degree|
|Visa Status||No permission to work in Japan required|
|Salary||4.5 million yen ~ 7 million yen|
|Work Hours||Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:30|
|Holidays||Weekends, Public Holidays, Paid Leave, Summer Holiday|
|Job Division||Media Relations Section|