Advertised Summary Job Description: The Communications Officer is responsible for overall communications and public relations for the Institute. The incumbent reports to the Director and Executive Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. S/he will work with staff and faculty to increase the Institute's academic and research profiles, and manage production and workflow of all marketing communications and its related aspects. The Communications Officer also oversees publication of the Annual Report, Institute Reports, and other written content.
Working with the Director and Executive Director, s/he will manage and monitor the Institute's annual PR budget, design and implement an annual strategic plan for public relations and social media, and provide guidance to staff and faculty to meet the Institute's public relations objectives, in conformity with the University's PR policies. S/he will serve as the Institute's main contact for press and members of the public, and maintain a cooperative working relationship with related University offices; S/he will have editorial oversight and be responsible for the content and design of the Institute's website and other public interfaces, including eNewsletters, display boxes, noticeboards, and appropriate representation in scholarly and professional directories and journals. S/he will be responsible for production/writing and distribution of press releases, news articles, videos, slide decks, and publicity materials relating to all aspects of the Institute's programming, and will participate in planning and implementation with faculty and staff to ensure that programs and projects are appropriately represented in the public domain.
In addition to managing Institute PR, the Communications Officer oversees annual budgeting, data collection, write-up, editing, photography, publication and circulation of Institute publications. This includes the Annual Report, the REED magazine, and related Institute Reports. This individual corresponds with authors, reads manuscripts, contacts editors and reviewers for distribution of manuscripts, circulates reviews, and works with production personnel at the presses for the Studies of the East Asian Institute monograph series. The incumbent acts as liaison with faculty, authors, and the editors at Columbia University Press to produce The Asia Perspectives and the Weatherhead Books on Asia, editing, producing, and overseeing circulation of the series.
The incumbent will be responsible for developing and maintaining a strong network of press, media, and publishing contacts; manage the Institute mailing lists; and organize, develop and maintain the Institute's historical archives, including the editing and appropriate storage of documents, images, photographs, articles and materials of historical value pertaining to the Institute and its work. S/he will manage website and digital media content using Wordpress, InDesign, and related tools; track analytics for social and digital media platforms; and select, train, and supervise student assistants. Other duties as assigned.
**Applicants must apply through the online Jobs At Columbia and MUST include a writing sample of no more than 5 pages to be considered.**
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or equivalent required. 2?4 years of related experience required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Must have at least two years' experience in related work in publishing, public relations, communications or administration. Must have superior writing, analytical, and copyediting skills, as well as excellent organizational skills and ability to work under changing priorities on multiple deadlines. Demonstrated experience using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and/or other social media tools and best practices. Some editorial experience required. Candidates must submit a writing sample of 5 pages (preferably an annual report, policy memo, grant application or publicity materials).
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with desktop publishing programs, photo and video editing software, and a good understanding of web and html architecture highly desirable. Knowledge of East Asian regional/public affairs is helpful.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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