The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, one of six academic units in Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, seeks a Communications Officer to raise the department profile, partnering with the Mailman School's Communications department and others to promote the department's distinctive accomplishments and educational programs to internal and external audiences.
Population and Family Health faculty, staff, and students examine the health needs and human rights of diverse populations in communities across the globe, generating scholarly research, advocacy, and education initiatives that illuminate the department's intellectual distinction and commitment to underserved populations.
The Communication Officer identifies compelling departmental narratives and implements strategies to disseminate them, raising the department profile among key internal and external audiences in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students, the Mailman School's Communications department, and other Columbia University based partners.
Acting as one-person newsroom, the Communications Officer:
Writes news items, profiles, interviews, recruitment materials, and more that reflect departmental objectives, and circulates them to Columbia, CUIMC, Mailman School, and internal audiences in partnership with the Mailman Communications department, as well as publicizes them externally via the department website, social channels, and directly to key partners.
Partners with Mailman Communications to disseminate department research and writing to media outlets.
Builds and maintains newsletters, department appeals, Chair letters, and other digital and print vehicles to promote the department, targeting faculty, students, alumni, and others, at regular intervals.
Furthers the department's social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; ensures that Mailman School social media properties reflect department content.
Works with various programs and faculty and staff within the department to create social toolkits and campaign launches for special projects on an as-needed basis.
Partners with department staff to plan and implement events, special functions, seminars, faculty meetings, and other activities.
Designs and coordinates event invitations and other information internally and externally.
Assists Chair and others in the department with editorial assignments, including partnering on writing and editing op-eds, commentaries, and other internally and externally facing writing opportunities.
Manages department web content, providing routine updates, reviewing faculty information, and coordinating new content with the Mailman Communications team.
Serves as formal liaison to Communications, Development, Alumni Relations, and other Columbia departments, acting as first point of contact for those charged with raising the department's profile and securing financial support.
Ensures that students, faculty, and alumni contact databases are current and accurate.
Contributes to departmental and faculty advancement objectives, assisting with grant applications, background research, and alumni engagement.
Updates and coordinates with the Chair on follow up for individual gifts to the department.
Provides special assistance to the Chair, as needed.
Builds and maintains newsletters, department appeals-15%
Furthers the department's social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram-15%
Partners with department staff to plan and implement events-10%
Assist Chair and other with editorial assignments-10%
Manages web content-10%
Serves as formal liaison to Communications, Development, Alumni Relations-5%
Ensures that students, faculty, and alumni contact databases are current and accurate-5%
Assist with grant applications, background research, and alumni engagement-5%
Provides special assistance to the Chair, as needed-5%
Other related duties as assigned-5%
Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus three years of related communications experience.
Exceptional ability and genuine enthusiasm for writing and editing for a range of scholarly and general audiences.
Demonstrated outstanding project management experience and organizational skills, the ability to multi-task, stick to deadlines, and follow through on assignments.
Superb organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ability to work independently, resourcefully and to own initiative, with flexibility to changing priorities and an eagerness to learn.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to liaise with people successfully and effectively within and across departments in a multi-cultural environment.
Familiarity with scholarly research, peer-reviewed publication, and translation of academic content for general audiences.
Understanding of social media, content management systems, and digital marketing platforms such as MailChimp, Hootsuite, Sharepoint, and Microsoft Teams.
Strong interest in global and community health, eradication of health disparities, and advancing social justice.
Master's in Public Health (or related advanced degree)
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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