Associate Publicity Manager
United Methodist Publishing House
Nashville, TN
Date Posted
Manages the overall publicity-related work of Abingdon Press publishing programs and, upon occasion, provides support to the corporate communications function for the United Methodist Publishing House. Supervises public relations firms under contract to Abingdon Press. Creates and directs publicity programs designed to improve sales of Abingdon Press products. Disseminates information to stakeholder groups by identifying primary audiences and determining the most effective ways to communicate publicity information to them. Develops and makes publicity pitches to appropriate media outlets for possible coverage. Writes effective press releases and prepares information for media kits. Develops and maintains assigned internet and intranet web pages, social media sites and communication tools such as podcasts and webcasts. Manages requests from all media on behalf of Abingdon Press.

A Bachelor’s degree in English, public relations, communications or a related field and at least three (3) years of experience in public relations or publicity. Experience in the entertainment or publishing field is highly preferred. Additional related experience may substitute for the required degree on a year for year basis. Some travel required. Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills. Excellent negotiation skills. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated problem solving skills. Task-oriented, driven, highly motivated to succeed, with an ability to start and finish assigned projects. Intermediate proficiency with PCs, including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software (MS Office suite preferred). Working knowledge of publishing, publicity practices and techniques, and retail sales. Working knowledge and experience with digital media products and promotion. Knowledge of product areas and general trends in the Christian marketplace is strongly preferred.

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