Columbia University Executive Director of Strategic Communications & Media Relations in New York, New York

Job TitleExecutive Director of Strategic Communications & Media Relations

Job Code Title

Job Requisition Number 095608

Department 6220-Data Sciences Institute

Location Morningside

Job Type Officer Full-Time Regular

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Job Family Communications

Salary Grade 16

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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.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant 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 Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant 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.

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Preferred Qualifications

Essential Functions Lead a team consisting of two direct reports to develop, execute, and maintain an ongoing internal and external marketing, public relations, and strategic communications plan that align with current and future Institute priorities; leverages new and emerging media and technology to execute these plans. Skillfully implement and provides leadership, guidance, resources, and content oversight of marketing platforms, communication materials (print, social media, digital) and practices for the Institute's research, academic, and industry affiliates programs; establish metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of these plans for reaching targeted goals. Maintains consistency in tone and conformance to University style guides, and effectively integrates with University branding and marketing efforts. 40% of total job per year.

Draft, edit, and review communications for the Institute's Directorate, to include but not limited to, press releases, speeches, scripts, blog posts, op-eds, memos and correspondence. Will also help plan and schedule events, photo-ops, press conferences, and press appearances. Prepare written briefings for the Avanessians Director and senior management team on upcoming meetings and projects as they are assigned. Oversees the drafting, editing, and reviewing of stories and press releases that showcase and highlight the Institute's strengths, impact, and ability to solve societal programs through research, education, and a robust portfolio of signature and educational programs. Direct the activities of writers, videographers, graphic and web designers to communicate complex scientific material to expert and general audiences alike. 25% of total job per year.

Provides strategic direction and management of the web-based presence of the Institute and its Centers to promote awareness about and engagement with the Institute and its initiatives. Develop and deploy an effective social media strategy, leveraging the latest technology, data visualization, new media, and social media apps used by students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and industry to promote the Institute's initiatives. In doing so, facilitate an increased engagement in and the formation of strategic partnerships with NGOs, Government, Foundations, and the Private Sector; oversee maintenance of the Institute's roster of affiliated faculty, and the Institute's managed mailing lists. 10% of total job per year.

Oversees the work of the Assistant Director of Strategic Communications and Media Relations, Manager Web and Digital Design, staff and freelance science writers, graphic and web designers, as well as support staff responsible for all Institute publications, websites, video production, and photography. Hire and supervise freelancers as needed (video producers, animators, illustrators, writers, designers and photographers) for the effective and efficient deployment of communications materials. Oversee the creation and development of annual reports, op-eds, blogs, newsletters, and other media highlighting the Institute. Maintain budget oversight for the Institute's communications expenditures. 10% of total job per year.

Liaises with key internal stakeholders, including but not limited to, Columbia's Offices of the President & Provost, Columbia Schools' Offices of Communications and Public Affairs, University Publications, Alumni and Development, scientific faculty, and others, to respond to press inquiries, maintain strong external media relations, and leverage opportunities for internal and external communication. Identifies and establishes relationships with a multitude of constituencies, developing best practices for communication approaches with these various constituencies.

10% of total job per year.

Performs other tasks, duties, responsibilities, and special projects as assigned. 5% of total job per year.

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HIPAA Compliance training required No

Participation in Medical Surveillance required No

What type of posting? Is this a waiver request? Standard Posting

Requisition Open Date 10-29-2018

Requisition Close Date Open Until Filled

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