The mission of Space Center Houston is to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. We aspire to be the world’s leading science and space exploration learning center. Owned and operated by the nonprofit Manned Space Flight Education Foundation, we are the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate and a Certified Autism Center. The center features more than 400 space artifacts, hands-on interactive educational exhibits, and robust youth programs interpreting the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human spaceflight program.

We are currently seeking to hire a full-time Public Relations Specialist. In this role, you will be responsible for creating highly visible PR campaigns and garnering ongoing positive earned media coverage for Space Center Houston and the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation through the use of strategic, proactive and reactive public relations programs and excellent media relations. This allows our organization to build mutually beneficial relationships with external and internal stakeholders. The selected candidate will work with local, national and international media. Space Center Houston offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Develop strategic media relations and media outreach plans and programs to communicate the organization’s key messages, achieve ongoing positive publicity and assist in achieving department, center and foundation goals

Manage news media requests and other requests for interviews, stories, tours, broadcasting, photo shoots and filming in and about the center and the foundation

Meet and accompany press for on-site appointments

Serve as spokesperson and help other spokespeople present to media

Monitor, analyze and write reports of news media and publicity results from print, broadcast and digital media. Research media coverage and industry trends

Develop fresh story ideas, research, write and issue/implement news releases, pitches, key messages, reports, webpage copy, presentations and other communications

Maintain news media database, write, maintain, update and improve the center’s News Center

Assist in crisis communications in conjunction with the vice president of communications and marketing

Plan and manage special media and public relations events designed to generate positive publicity, encourage attendance, promote education and present the center and foundation favorably to current and potential donors as well as prospective employees and volunteers

Serve key internal department client(s) with its communications needs (public relations, marketing, and other messaging) by developing strategic plans for communications (marketing and public relations) and working with department colleagues to ensure plan is executed in a timely manner

Use strong communication skills to influence, guide and motivate stakeholders internally and externally with tact, reasoning and sensitivity

Support and collaborate with Communications Team members

Work with NASA Johnson Space Center Public Affairs Office to develop a cohesive and mutually beneficial working relationship

Support executive leadership with key messages, speeches, and presentations

Maintain strong working knowledge of media-relations tools, such as Cision

Other duties as assigned

REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Marketing, Communications or Journalism

Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in the field of Public Relations, Media Relations or Journalism

Excellent spokesperson to news media and excellent public speaking skills

Excellent writing skills and experience in writing news releases

Available to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends and be on call at times

Able to travel occasionally if needed

High level of professionalism, energy, enthusiasm and collaboration

Proficient in MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint

CONTACT:

Qualified candidates may submit their cover letter, resume, and writing samples online by clicking here.. For more information, please contact the Human Resources Department at (281) 244-2150 or visit our website. Space Center Houston promotes a culture of respect, inclusivity, and collaboration. We are an equal opportunity employer.