Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute of Columbia University, the Executive Director of Strategic Communications & Media Relations develops and executes marketing and public relations plans that drive the Institute's strategic communication, public and media relation efforts. The purpose of this multifaceted role will be instrumental in and a driving force for maintaining and raising the Institute's profile as the global leader in Data Science research, education, technology innovation, and entrepreneurship. Through these efforts, it will also be expected that the Executive Director will have measurable impact on the Institute's ability to attract the next wave of scholars (faculty, research scholars, and student recruitment). In partnership with the Institute's Directorate and the Director of Strategic Programs, the Executive Director's marketing and communications efforts will showcase the Institute's core strengths to facilitate an increased engagement in and the formation of strategic partnerships with NGOs, Government, Foundations, and the Private Sector. In doing so, highlight the Institute's strengths, impact, and ability to solve societal programs through research, education, and a robust portfolio of signature programs, such as the Data Science Institute's Industry Affiliates Program, Columbia World Projects, etc.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree required. Advanced degree preferred. Minimum of 8 years of related experience with proven results and demonstrated proficiency in the field; minimum of 3 years held in a senior leadership or management role. Demonstrated experience in marketing with proven experience creating a public presence for an academic or research department, institute, or program. Relationships with technology and science press a plus, with experience creating programs to attract press attention strongly desired. Ability to create and manage strategic goals & objectives. Required experience includes marketing, public relations, communications and the ability to oversee news writing, magazine publishing and/or editing, as well as experience using and managing web and social media platforms. Experience in higher education settings is highly desirable, as is comfort with scientific organizations and content.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Must be a service oriented professional who demonstrates creativity and innovation in performing assigned tasks, has flexibility and performs well under time constraints. Must have strong oral and written communication skills and ability to communicate effectively to a variety of constituent groups, including University administrators, faculty, alumni, students, and the public; the ability to coordinate and execute multiple projects simultaneously; and experience and demonstrated ability to manage staff and function well in a collaborative multi-agency environment. Positive, forward-thinking, mission-oriented attitude and sense of humor are a must. Some evening and weekend hours required.
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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