Job ID: 2022-14760 Type: Part-Time # of Openings: 1 Category: Communications and Public Relations
The Department of Art and Archaeology seeks a dynamic and versatile communications professional to serve as a Communications Specialist (CS). Reporting to the Manager, Finance and Administration, the CS promotes faculty research and departmental priorities by producing written content on the department's website, digital newsletters and print materials. This individual develops, writes and edits content for our website and social media, and assists the chair and faculty in developing/editing written materials upon request. The CS takes a key role in the editorial management of our website, editing and enhancing current material while producing new content. A core responsibility is developing pieces on current faculty and graduate student research and initiatives. The CS manages overall communications strategies for the department, including web, social media, and publications including a weekly e-newsletter; an annual alumni newsletter and a department annual report.
This position requires significant interaction with faculty, staff, administration and students. Editorial responsibilities may include writing news and feature items about faculty highlights, awards, book releases, programming,courses and other accomplishments, as well as analyzing and recommending improvements to the static text throughout sites and materials. Candidate must be extremely well organized, exhibit exceptional attention to detail and be able to troubleshoot and multitask.
The communications specialist must function as an effective liaison among department staff, faculty members, students and others to develop steady streams of compelling and consistent content that can appear online, in print, or both. The specialist will help take the communications efforts of the department to a higher level, while also serving as a bridge to central University communications to help surface important stories that Princeton may promote via its core channels.
Other responsibilities may include promoting events, executing successful e-mail marketing efforts, and applying basic design principles within commonly used web publishing environments.
Please note this is a two-year, benefits eligible term position. The position is part-time (50% duty time), 12 months a year.
A cover letter and a writing sample are required as part of the application process and to be fully considered.
Content strategy, generation and curation/Project Management:
Evaluate the departments' inventory of existing content. Benchmark peer websites, newsletters and social media. Work with department chair and staff to create work flows that efficiently harness faculty- and student-generated content and other sources of content. Work collaboratively with faculty and staff to produce high-quality written and visual content that promotes research and news, reaches key audiences that raise visibility and promotes the department's accomplishments.
Conceptualizes, writes and edits informational content for the department’s website, social media, and other publications. Assists with event publicity, editorial support and outreach. Manages overall communications effort in line with departmental research and teaching mission.
Oversee print and email publications (via platforms such as Constant Contact), website design, annual report, select multimedia projects, manage and direct work of external graphic designers as needed.
Sample special projects include senior thesis videos, hallway media displays, and departmental graphic identity.
The specialist liaises with colleagues in the Office of Communications, Office of the Dean for Research and communicators across campus to coordinate and promote faculty research and discoveries; works with the Graduate School to promote the research of our graduate students; and assists other entities with information about the department and faculty, as needed.
Social Media Management:
Promote news stories in a consistent and engaging manner on the Art & Archaeology social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram).
Bachelor's degree. Must have 5+ years of experience in communications or a related field. Demonstrated leadership in developing and implementing communications strategies. Exceptional oral and written communications skills. Experience with translating humanities research for lay audiences.
Attention to detail and customer service are key. Ability to prioritize and juggle responsibilities, meet deadlines and work on multiple projects simultaneously. Organized and expert problem-solver. Creativity in setting strategy and curiosity in approaching assignments. Self-motivated with ability to work independently and also as part of departmental team. Ability to constructively edit others’ work. Proven success in managing projects.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate exceptional communications skills, including written and verbal, have the ability to understand information and quickly translate it for peer and lay audiences, work well with a diversity of people, be proactive and able to work in a collaborative manner in an academic setting.
A facility with various tools of digital technology and communications, including content management systems such as Drupal; design and editing software such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat; and marketing and outreach tools such as Google Analytics, Twitter, and Facebook.
Superior written and verbal communications skills;
Experience with developing new uses, strategies, and tools for digital storytelling;
Experience in higher education communications, particularly in developing content strategies and improving workflows;
Comfort working both independently and closely with faculty, graduate students and staff.
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