Communications Officer (Writer)

Posted On: January 24, 2023

Journalism Job

Media Organization: Yale University

Company Description

Yale is committed to improving the world today and for future generations through outstanding research and scholarship, education, preservation, and practice.

Job Description

Communications Officer (Writer)

University Job Title: Communications Officer 1

Bargaining Unit: None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)

Time Type: Full time

Duration Type: Regular

Compensation Grade: Administration & Operations

Wage Ranges: Click to see our Wage Ranges

Work Location: Central Campus

Worksite Address: 205 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

Searchable Job Family: Administration, Comm-Editing-Tech B, Communications/Editing/Teaching, Miscellaneous

Total # of Hours to be Works: 37.5

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Associate Director of Communications with a dotted line to the Executive Director of Strategic Communications, the Communications Officer is responsible for researching, writing, and producing a wide range of stories to highlight the impact of the School's teaching and scholarship on the environment and the achievements of its faculty, students, staff, and alumni. Essential duties include: 1. Generates original, compelling story ideas that reflect YSE's science-to-solutions approach to today's urgent environmental challenges and highlight the innovative, impactful work being done by the YSE community —both on Yale's campus and by the more than 5,500 YSE alumni across the world. 2. Writes and edits news and feature stories, web spotlights, media releases, web content, social media content, and a wide array of other content of interest to YSE's target audiences, including prospective students, media, donors, alumni, and others. 3. Serves as the social media manager for the Office of Communications; takes primary responsibility for managing YSE's social media platforms, including implementing and maintaining the social media calendar, writing and scheduling posts, monitoring social media assets for negative comments or misinformation, monitoring and reporting on metrics and analytics, researching trends and working with others on the communications team to design and implement targeted social media campaigns based on strategic priorities, updating guidelines and best practices, and supervising student intern/s, among other related duties. 4. Works with the associate director of communications to write, edit, and curate content for Canopy magazine and the YSE Annual Report. 5. Supports the communications team in proofreading, posting stories, and managing website and e-newsletter content. 6. Supports short- and long-term communication planning; works with colleagues across YSE and Yale to identify, evaluate, and measure the impact of the school's communications vehicles and campaigns. 7. Maintains the Yale brand and graphic identity standards; supports and maintains standard operating procedures; contributes to digital asset management. 8. Performs other duties as assigned.

*This position is focused on writing and editing content. This position is not web design related.

*Currently this position will follow a hybrid work format. This could be subject to change in the future.

Essential Duties:

1. Brand & Communications Strategy. Develops and executes public relations strategy, output, and performance for the department with the goal of increasing media impressions in local, national, industry-specific and alumni media. Creates communications strategy to showcase top technologies available for license. Ensures consistent look and tone for all department communications, including written content, website and social media. 2. Media Relations. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with media representatives. Identifies opportunities to work with other the departments, university publications and the Office of Public Affairs to develop and publicize stories. 3. Content Creation. Assesses the University faculty inventions and student startups for newsworthiness and create compelling news and public relations content. Creates engaging, dynamic content for the public, including press releases, blog articles, website updates, newsletter articles and social media. 4. Outreach. Manages delivery channels for newsworthy content, including updating and maintaining the department websites, social media accounts, and articles for email newsletters, and creating video, print, and on-campus events. Creates websites that embed existing content from Yale and external sites (publications related to the technology, videos featuring inventor, profile on Yale Bulletin and Calendar innovators webpage). 5. Other. Seeks out, negotiates with and recommends external organizations that can provide services that optimize both the cost and functionality of the new communications strategy. Ensures that all communications conform to the University guidelines. Hires student workers as needed to assist in producing copy. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and four years of experience in website design, production, marketing, project management or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated ability in journalism and a demonstrated ability to develop narrative stories, write short copy, proofread and edit content on deadline.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to research and quickly understand, distill and communicate complex concepts. Demonstrated ability interviewing subjects and writing about science, research, or other complex topics with a keen understanding of trends in media and digital publishing, including social media.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with careful attention to details and deadlines.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Excellent people skills: ability to relate with or develop an easy rapport with a broad range of faculty, staff, alumni, and students in various stages of their careers from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to manage relationships with key campus stakeholders with a high degree of professionalism, judgment and understanding of stakeholder goals; ability to serve as a representative of the School and the communications team in a variety of settings and to various types of external audiences.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Degree in journalism, communications or equivalent field of study or professional experience. In-depth knowledge of environmental science and grasp of current events and trends in the areas of climate change and environmental sustainability.

Drug Screen: No

Health Screening: No

Background Check Requirements:

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:

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