The Digital Communications Specialist will play a crucial role in the Communications Departmentâ™s development and implementation of communications and marketing strategies, including public relations, brand management, event publicity, community engagement efforts, and digital/social media campaigns. This position will assist in the integration of the communications needs of the Instituteâ™s various initiatives, including its four core programs: the Speaker Series, Fellows Program, Civic Engagement Program, and Career Development Program. The position requires a knowledge of and passion for communications and marketing, complemented by a robust interest in politics (local, national and international), and an ability to build relationships across diverse constituencies and communities. This position reports to the Instituteâ™s Communications Director.
Works with the Communications Director and other Institute leadership in the development and execution of an organization-wide communications and marketing plan
Plays key role in content, design and management of Institute website
Handles organization of Institute contact database and produces twice-weekly Institute email newsletters, among other audience outreach
Supports the development and production of marketing and communications materials for various initiatives
Assists in social media outreach and on larger projects such as website features and board presentations
Assists in media relations and Speaker Series event coverage and staffing
Assists in strategic engagement with students, alumni, partners and community members
Assists in IOP data gathering project, including data management and analysis
Assists in building new IOP alumni network, including lead role in alumni engagement
Exceptional time management and organizational skills including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines is required
Knowledge of communications best practices including website development, social media, data maintenance, and email marketing
Excellent communications skills required for the effective delivery of the Institute's vision, mission and brand
Knowledge of web and other digital applications is required
Experience in production of marketing and communication materials; website coding and graphic design experience preferred
A working knowledge of Microsoft Office as well as social media and CMS/CRM tools
Ability to meet tight external and internal deadlines
Entrepreneurial, creative thinking about how to improve the Instituteâ™s communications and outreach efforts
Knowledge of and passion for politics and igniting in young people a similar passion
Proven ability to be a valuable part of a team
Education, Experience and Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required, preferably in journalism, public relations, marketing, English or related field
2-5 years experience required
Experience in Communications or related field preferred
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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