The Communications and Outreach Specialist in the Brown University School of Public Health will be part of a fast moving and vibrant team at the emerging Brown SPH Pandemic Center. The Pandemic Centerâ™s mission is to focus on disease surveillance, public health readiness, health system resilience, crisis communication, workforce training, and global reach.
Under the guidance of the Program Director, the Communications and Outreach Specialistâ™s primaryÂ responsibility will be to support the research team at the Pandemic Center, specifically in the areas ofÂ research knowledge translation, written and visual content development and rapid information dissemination. The Communications and Outreach Specialist will conceptualize and maintain the Centerâ™s website, build and expand a social media presence, translate the Center's activities into content on various platforms, and run engagement activities on- and offline. The Specialist will also have opportunities to collaborate on research projects related to crisis and other health communications best practices and efficacy. Â
Education, Experience, and Competencies
â¢ MA in communications, public relations, journalism or related field
â¢ 3-5 years of professional experience in communications or a related field
â¢ Experience with research translation and audience engagement strongly preferredÂ
â¢ Demonstrated ability to quickly produce and edit copy for a variety of platforms
â¢ Demonstrated ability to translate research findings to content suitable for lay audiences across a variety of media and social media channels
â¢ Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines with quality work
â¢ Demonstrated ability to develop strong relationships and coordinate among various partners andÂ constituencies, both internal and external, to establish and further collaborative initiativesÂ
â¢ Excellent written and verbal communication, time management, organizational and interpersonal skills isÂ essential
â¢ Experience developing and implementing integrated communications strategies that span multiple outletsÂ including print, web, and social media
â¢ Strong proficiency working with web content management systems and the full range of social mediaÂ platforms and account management tools.
â¢ Knowledge of copyright, image use protocols and laws governing online posting of intellectual property â¢ Demonstrated ability and flexibility to multi-task, prioritize, and manage diverse job responsibilities whileÂ meeting various deadlines required
â¢ Must be a team player with the ability to work independently with a strong service-oriented attitude
â¢ Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusiveÂ environment.Â
â¢ Knowledge and/or interest in public health, Covid-19, and/or epidemiology is a plus
This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 06/30/2024 which may be extended based upon available funding.
Background and education check required.
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.Â
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Communications and Outreach Specialist
Department of Epidemiology
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In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.
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