Associate Communications Officer

Connecticut, United States
Thursday, 10 December 2020
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 10 February 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

Supports Lead Administrator and Department Chair through creation, management and execution of department communications plan. Manages internal and external communications projects targeting former, current and prospective students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Assists faculty with incorporating Yale specific information into web presence of specific labs and department. Sets priorities in concert with Lead Administrator and Chair. Provides focus areas and ideas for new directions/audiences. Executes special projects and routine activities in support of the Department Office.

Essential Duties

1.  Develops and manages forward-looking strategic communications with video and social media to enhance Yale’s reputation and communicate Yale’s messages. 2.  Produces multimedia content. Identify topics with compelling visual and audio elements to create stories that exploit those qualities, using video, podcasts, infographics, slideshows and other media as appropriate. 3.  Works with communications colleagues throughout the school and university to highlight the work of researchers, create a high profile presence, and reach new audiences. 4.  Builds relationships with faculty, administrators, departments and students and maintains contact with communications professionals and monitors trending news topics. 5. Conceptualizes and writes creative posts across all social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and other accounts. 6.  Participates in regular editorial/content meetings. Propose story ideas to senior leadership. 7.  Regularly attends scientific talks on diverse topics to stay up-to-date on research trends at Yale and beyond.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree and minimum of two years of experience in science writing, social media, digital journalism (e.g., video, audio blogging, etc.) or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present institutional vision, current information, envisioned or agreed upon changes in structure, to a wide audience of listeners within the institution.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated ability to navigate relationships of faculty and students working within the structure of the institution for the improvement of current conditions through discourse and presentation.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Proven project management skills with the ability to assess current situation through observation and develop data supported recommendations for alignment/change/redirection.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated ability to navigate difficult conversations with peers, internal partners and members of the public.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Proven ability to respectfully communicate and achieve stated goal of project.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Knowledge and experience with Wix a plus.

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The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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