The Information Networking Institute (INI) provides technical, interdisciplinary master’s degree programs in information networking, security and mobility. With outstanding agility, the INI has navigated the changing landscape of technology from wired communications in the 1980s to wireless, mobile and Internet of Things in today’s world. What began as a small fledgling program has evolved over the past three decades to become an integral part of Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering and home to over 300 students each year from across the world.
The INI cultivates an inclusive culture that is welcoming, encouraging, and inspiring for our students, faculty, staff and alumni across all program locations: Pittsburgh, Silicon Valley and Kobe, Japan. Our people are our core strength – the fabric of the INI.
We are seeking a skilled writer and editor to join our team as a Communications Specialist. This is an exciting opportunity if you thrive in a dynamic and collaborative work environment and excel at translating complex concepts into clear, compelling language. In this role, you will primarily support the INI Director’s Office with departmental and business communications. Reporting to the Director of Strategic Communications, you will assist with the planning and implementation of all critical communication initiatives. Additionally, you will serve as the primary website editor, implementing content updates/edits and maintaining version control. As a member of the team, you will closely collaborate with staff and faculty from across the INI’s functional areas: academic affairs, career services, strategic initiatives, and business operations and administration.
Core Responsibilities include:
Creating and supporting the preparation of official correspondence, speeches and talking points, annual reports, briefings, presentations and other writing and editing projects
Supporting departmental communication efforts, including but not limited to: curriculum-related content for print and web (e.g. student handbooks, academic letters, curriculum sheets, etc.), workshop materials, and surveys. Record, formalize and archive meeting minutes and other documentation (e.g., handbook)
Leading communications efforts related to grant proposal and report writing
Implement edits and update content on the INI website, while maintaining content version control. Evaluate and edit documents for relevance, completeness and accuracy.
Support critical communication tasks, including proofreading and editing, event photography, information design, social media management, and conducting background research for presentations, articles and other initiatives
Performs other related duties as assigned
You should demonstrate:
Proven ability to write a compelling and persuasive narrative when telling the INI story
Excellence, versatility and the ability to think creatively and proactively
Proven ability to be flexible and adaptive, demonstrating a willingness to complete both routine and high-profile tasks with enthusiasm and energy
Excellent verbal and written communication and research skills
Outstanding attention to detail
Strong organizational and project management skills
Familiarity with web?based communication techniques and strategies, including website content management system (CMS) and email marketing platforms (MailChimp)
Capability to adhere to INI’s written style and content expectations, and to accept and apply constructive criticism gracefully
Bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing, Technical Writing, Communications or equivalent discipline required
3-5 years of relevant experience
Content management and style/standards experience
MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop and InDesign)
Familiarity with graphic design and video editing a plus
Internal Number: 2014736
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