Under the direction of the Communications Director, this position is responsible for writing and editing print and web articles for the Institute for Policy Research. The position will help maintain and grow IPR’s photo database, social media and web presence, and assist IPR’s communications director and team with event planning, publications, and execution of overall communications for the Institute. The coordinator will also be responsible for creating infographics for IPR faculty research and daily management of IPR’s social media accounts.
Under the direction of the Communications Director and in collaboration with the Communications Team, edits analytic, informational, and/or feature web and print articles on policy-relevant, social science research topics based on academic papers/publications, and events. Must be able to grasp complex social science concepts. Writes research summaries and longer articles. Adapts existing content to other digital media and print formats.
Collaborates on editorial and design work for IPR publications—its newsletter (2x per year), monthly html newsletter, annual report, policy research briefs, and other materials as needed (media releases, brochures, reports, working papers, conference materials, internal communication, flyers, etc.).
Ensures that content is produced in accordance with assigned deadlines and respecting current copyright and libel laws. Ensures that content is free of spelling and grammatical errors, follows AP and in-house style, and meets the Institute’s high standards for accuracy and factual rigor. Identifies accompanying images, graphics, and hyperlinks; and sources/produces the related content.
Able to visually render complicated social science concepts as infographics by designing visually appealing charts and graphs. Necessitates basic statistical understanding and an ability to manipulate data in programs such as Excel. Able to follow existing design standards and create new templates and style guides. Collaborates with other team members in designing and producing infographics.
Manages IPR social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) on a daily basis. Plans and manages the publishing calendar, social objectives, messaging, writing posts, sourcing or creating the visual images for these posts, aligning to the overall product and marketing plan. Monitors peer social media accounts for updates. Tracks analytics through each account and offers recommendations for improving account activity.
Stays abreast of the latest trends and incorporates best practices and new tools into IPR’s social media accounts as needed. Tailors content to particular channel. Grows engagement, reach, and impact through proactive campaigns and management.
As requested, takes digital photos of a variety of people and events, using Photoshop and iPhoto to edit and manage them. Conducts image searches. Obtains copyright and audiovisual release forms as needed. Assists hired photographers. Helps to augment and maintain the Institute’s photo database by ensuring proper storage and quick retrieval of IPR digital and paper images and other media files.
Collaborates with the Communications Team on events planning and organization in accordance with assigned deadlines. Attends events as needed to ensure their smooth functioning. Occasionally, events might necessitate working outside of normal working hours, in the evening, and on weekends.
Assists IPR’s front office, communications department, and administration as needed (photocopying, delivering and picking up documents, etc.).
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications with a social science minor; or a Bachelor’s in a social science field (political science, sociology, etc.) with a journalism or communications minor; or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which similar skills can be acquired.
1 – 2 years of experience writing for a publication and/or website (experience can also be part of an internship or part-time position) and experience in running social media platforms for a nonprofit or organization.
Demonstrated interest in the social sciences, evidence-based research, and public policy.
Good news judgment and outstanding editing and communications skills.
Able to set priorities, organize workflow, work independently on assigned projects, and collaborate in a hard-working, small-team environment, demonstrating an exceptional work ethic and following through on initiatives.
Punctual and reliable, with the ability to meet deadlines, strive for continuous improvement, solve problems quickly, and think outside of the box.
Rigorous attention to detail.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Well versed in AP style, with a sharp eye for grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Basic knowledge of current copyright and libel laws.
Able to work in both a Mac (primary) and PC computer environment.
Software: Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop and InDesign), and Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Familiarity with content and photo management systems for websites and social media.
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Effectively use and summarize information from analytics tools for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google.
Image/design experience (page designs, web layouts, editing images and graphics, etc.).
Software: Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator), FilemakerPro, Google Analytics, Cascade Content Management System, Merlin Digital Asset Management, and Sprinklr, or equivalent.
2 – 3 years of full-time experience writing for a publication and/or website and experience in running social media platforms for a nonprofit or organization.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Knowledge of SEO and SEM.
Knowledge of “The Chicago Manual of Style.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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