Public Relations Specialist 4 (Senior Research Writer)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – J – Exempt
Work Unit:
Strategic Communications
News and Media Relations
Full/Part Time:


Penn State’s Office of Strategic Communications News and Media Relations unit seeks an experienced writer and communicator to join its proactive media team. This position, which will report to the director of media strategy, will assist with promoting Penn State as a top public research university and actively support faculty discoveries by writing and editing news releases about peer-reviewed research. Responsibilities include working with faculty and staff in Penn State’s colleges (Agricultural Sciences, Communications, Liberal Arts, and others) to identify, develop, and pitch story ideas. This position will collaborate closely across teams in Strategic Communications to support content development, including research news for our flagship internal channels and content for Penn State’s social media platforms. The role includes supporting the overall strategy of the unit, such as looking at thematic priorities across colleges and research disciplines to explore how to bring University strengths to the forefront. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus six years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. In addition to having a passion for promoting innovative science and learning, the ideal candidate will be able to work in a fast-paced environment, stay current with emerging trends in the communication field, be a self-starter, and participate in and contribute to integrated, cross functional teams. The successful candidate will need to have strong writing, editing, and project management skills; experience with omni-channel storytelling (e.g., the ability to brainstorm with the creative team on infographics and video); excellent attention to detail; a proven track record of translating research and/or technical topics into content appropriate for diverse communities, formats, and audiences; knowledge of AP editorial style; and the ability to work independently as well as in groups.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088