The Quantum Initiative at Columbia University seeks to hire an inaugural Science Communications Manager to communicate Columbia's exciting and wide-ranging quantum science and technology research to internal and external audiences, and across print and digital platforms. The individual will work closely with scientific researchers across several disciplines within Columbia's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science to create and manage a comprehensive array of material for communicating to both general interest and specialized scientific communities. S/he will generate and maintain multimedia content for both digital and print media, develop and maintain web content, and execute a sophisticated social media strategy. Duties may also include developing and editing digital and print content for scientific publications. The Science Communication Manager will report to the Quantum Initiative Task Force, and will be embedded within the central Office of Communications and Public Affairs, while working closely with Columbia Engineering's communications team.
(35%) Develop and execute a strategic communications plan for the Columbia Quantum Initiative to advance the Quantum mission and highlight the impact of funded Quantum research, in collaboration with Initiative's constituents, including the Energy Frontier Research Center, Materials Research and Engineering Center, Max Planck - Columbia - Flatiron Center.
(30%) Work directly with scientists at Columbia and partner institutions to interpret and translate complex scientific principles and research into compelling and accurate written material and graphics for broader audiences. Create, curate, and edit content for the Initiative's website, including news releases, feature stories, events listings, photo galleries, multimedia presentations, infographics.
(20%) Manage social media accounts and promote dynamic content, incorporating SEO expertise and strong editorial judgment Compile and interpret digital analytics to assess audience growth and engagement. Establish and maintain strong professional relationships with Columbia faculty, administration, and public information officers in related field.
(10%) Manage media relations for the Quantum Initiative. Cultivate relationships with trade and general science journalists.
(5%) Other duties and special projects as needed.
3-5 years in science writing experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with research communications or research support and web management.
Proven excellence in written communication skills, including writing, proofreading, and editing.
Proficiency in all Mac OS and Windows operating systems and relevant software applications, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop.
Track record with social media platforms, and an understanding of how to engage audiences and advance an organization's brand and voice.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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