The Communications Coordinator will support the marketing and communication efforts for the Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA). The Communications Coordinator will serve three primary roles: first, to design and implement marketing and communication strategies for CREA and its programs; second, actively seek opportunities to promote CREA and its programs through existing and emerging communications channels; and third, to coordinate with the New York state as a key member of core management team in designing and implementing a marketing strategy for 76West, a clean energy business plan competition.
This position will require strategic thinking and excellent communication skills, and is, first and foremost, a project management and coordination role. The Communications Coordinator will be required to align the communications and marketing priorities and vehicles that connect the mission, goals, strategic priorities and accomplishments of CREA, as well as the programs supported by it. The Communications Coordinator will evaluate communications needs for individual programs and CREA as a whole, provide guidance, and design and implement strategic solutions in line with the university priorities, and track and report metrics for communications goals. This role includes strategic relationship-building and collaboration with a variety of parnters, including funding organizations and local, state, or federal government groups.
The position will require active outreach and promotion of the Center, its initiatives, and its partner programs, in collaboration with other stakeholders and leaders on and off the Cornell campus, including Rev: Ithaca Startup Works and Rev's Hardware Accelerator, the Southern Tier Startup Alliance, the Upstate New York I-Corps Node, Cornell I-Corps Site, Engineering Commercialization Fellows, 76West, eLab, and other programs as they are developed. The incumbent will be required to navigate the various nuances of working with constituents at all levels of the University, the community, and government.
Rev: Ithaca Startup Works is a business incubator that leverages existing entrepreneurial support services already offered in the region and provides critically needed space, programming and support for local high-growth startup companies as well as student-led startups, giving high potential young entrepreneurs a place to set permanent roots into the community.
The Southern Tier Startup Alliance (STSA), a member organization of the region's business incubators, works to bring together the contributions of incubators and entrepreneurial support structures in the region, helping project existing services across the region, and in filling gaps in services where none currently exist. By bringing coherence to a growing regional ecosystem of entrepreneurs and support organizations, STSA strives to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
The Upstate NY I-Corps Node is part of the National Innovation Network (NIN), a national network of NSF-funded researchers from I-Corps Teams, Sites, and Nodes. Working together, this network of thinkers addresses America's needs for innovation education, infrastructure, and research. The UNY I-Corps delivers I-Corps Short Courses designed to give researchers the opportunity to combine their strong technical and scientific knowledge with an entrepreneurial mindset, with the goal of discovering new technologies that can be developed for market.
The 76West initiative is a $20 million program announced by NY state in February that includes a clean energy business competition and business support services to help create a clean energy ecosystem in the Southern Tier of NY state. Cornell, through the Southern Tier Startup Alliance with Binghamton University and Corning Enterprises, will manages the business development and regional activities of the 76West competition.
This is a 3 year term position with the possibility of extension based on successful performance, ongoing funding and the needs of the program.
Bachelor's degree with 3 to 5 years of related experience required or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under demanding deadlines.
Ability to balance specific needs of multiple programs and deliver appropriate materials for each.
Able to manage confidential and sensitive information.
Proven ability to foster and maintain effective, collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies.
Ability to function effectively with senior-level administrators, faculty and staff to execute assignments.
Maintain polished and organized communications throughout the project cycle.
Ability to work independently or as part of a team to complete multiple tasks.
Ability to supervise lower level and student workers.
Proficiency and comfort with MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe Creative Suite, and emerging social and new media platforms.
Bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations, corporate communications or a related field.
Skills in any or all of the following: WordPress, Visual Builder, Divi Builder, MailChimp, Salesforce, videography and video editing, digital photography, and/or podcasting.
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