Communications Specialist

Location
Illinois, United States
Posted
21 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
21 Mar 2021
Ref
19222
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALISTMIT Energy Initiative-Communications and Events Team, to initiate and manage diverse and complex editorial, digital media, and media relations projects with minimal supervision in a highly collaborative environment.  Responsibilities include writing, editing, and proofreading a variety of reports (including energy technology reports geared toward policymakers and industry), papers by MITEI researchers, and digital newsletters; managing social media channels and mentoring co-ops learning social media; collaborating on developing and implementing media relations strategies; providing event photography services; serving as an assistant editor of MITEI’s twice-annual Energy Futures magazine, including developing sections of the magazine, writing articles, and providing overall support; and working on donor management. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  bachelor’s degree; at least three years’ experience in a communications or related position; excellent writing, editing, media relations, digital media, organizational, and time-management skills; ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects on deadline; portfolio of published articles/online content demonstrating proficiency in a variety of writing styles; excellent judgment and discretion with sensitive materials; proficiency with MS Word, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat; ability to work independently and collaboratively; and experience working with senior-level officials/faculty, especially in cases requiring tactfully “managing up” to keep projects on deadline.  Seek detail-oriented, deadline-driven writer and editor who is highly conversant with traditional and digital media across multiple platforms and interested in developing and implementing new ideas that build on best practices.  

PREFERRED:  proficiency with Excel, project management systems (e.g., Asana or Trello), and website content management systems (e.g., WordPress or Drupal); basic graphic design skills; background in event and portrait photography; communications and/or marketing work experience in energy/climate/environmental organizations, industry member-supported organizations, and/or higher education.  Job #19222-7

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