The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
Columbia Global is actively recruiting for an experienced and innovative Assistant Director of Communications (ADC) to help shape the strategic vision for this new initiative. Under the guidance of the Senior Director of Communications (SDC), the ADC will work on targeted global communications initiatives designed to promote the Columbia Global brand worldwide, execute organizational communication and marketing strategies, ensure CG remains cutting edge via market research, analyses, and reporting, implement special initiatives, projects, and multi-channel campaigns that amplify organizational objectives, and develop new as well as build on current strategic partnerships. The ADC will also have an active role in contributing to creative direction, editorial and storytelling. Finally, the ADC will provide key support to the SDC in the execution of the communications strategy, development and implementation of communications policies, guidelines, and procedures and providing operations and management support for a multi-million-dollar international communications budget.
This is a fantastic opportunity for a communications professional with demonstrated experience leading engaging and strategic initiatives, especially in a global setting, to take on a pivotal role in a newly-established and fast-paced organization with an international focus. The incumbent in this role will follow a hybrid schedule (three days onsite/two days remote) and will be based in the headquarters office in New York City.
Strategic communications and marketing (70%)
Set a focused direction for communications that aligns around a common vision and is reflective of Columbia Global???s strategic plan and values.
Help develop, execute, and communicate a purposeful and clear communications plan reflecting Columbia Global???s key messages, themes, topics, audiences, and multi-communications channels.
Engage and inform internal and external audiences and stakeholders around the world on key projects, initiatives, and research highlights and foci. Promote Columbia Global programs, events, and activities employing effective and on-trend channels and platforms.
Increase awareness of the impact of projects, initiatives, and research through active, data-driven storytelling, championing targeted communities worldwide and elevating the diverse perspectives, voices, and experiences of those communities.
Design and develop standards for communications success by identifying, collecting, analyzing, and reporting on data collected through ongoing evaluation and assessment.
Connect and collaborate with others across campus, in the communities Columbia Global serves internationally, and with partners (faculty, researchers, public and private stakeholders, and students) with the objective of promoting Columbia Global???s goals, vision and impact on world communities, faculty and students.
Market Research, Analyses and Reporting (10%)
Conduct thorough market research on the global communities CG targets and the potential impact of CG???s project interventions. This includes gathering and analyzing statistical data and information on gaps in services, the competing landscape, potential key partners, and barriers and opportunities to innovate.
Develop reports for CG???s leadership highlighting key statistical data and information that informs the development of projects, initiatives, and research priorities as well as program development.
Communications Program Planning and Management (20%)
Work closely with the SDC to develop the CG Communications Strategic Plan and Priorities across geographies highlighting goals, objectives, key performance indicators, and metrics as well as a time frame for completion.
Support communications staff within Columbia Global complete key communications initiatives.
Support the development of the communications budget, monitor and track expenses, and keep the SDC and CG leadership abreast of budget accruals and shortfalls.
Actively support the development of communications protocols, standard operating procedures, and guidelines for optimizing and using communications resources and products.
Orient and train staff throughout Columbia Global on the strategies, initiatives, and key objectives of the global communications team.
A Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications, or a related field, and 4-6 years of related professional experience.
Master???s degree in journalism or related field, with an established ability to influence and counsel internal and external stakeholders while managing multiple priorities in a fast-paced global work environment;
4+ years of communications leadership experience, including setting and executing communications strategy;
Experience working internationally or for a globally-facing organization
Familiarity and comfort understanding and monitoring budgets and expenses for multiple projects.
Outstanding writer and verbal communicator with the ability to distill complex issues into clear, impactful messaging, as well as finding and telling complex stories to a general audience and donors in a way that blends emotion (heart) and impact (head);
Experience in social impact work, international development and/or higher education;
Leadership experience at a media outlet, public relations agency and/or corporate or nonprofit communications team;
Experience collaborating with multi-sector stakeholders such as university leadership and faculty, government, foundation, and nonprofits;
Experience with range of operating systems and communications applications used for digital and print products
Must be deadline- and detail-oriented, as well as a team player and a problem solver.
International experience and languages a plus.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.