Director - Internal Communications

Job Description:

Responsible for managing e-mail and eDOX communications to employees and retail financial professionals via Info Bulletins, Field Bulletins, Friday Snapshot, Weekly Wire, Management Wire and Hot Wire.
Write and edit communications on a wide range of topics, from technical product information, to executive letters, to earnings and ratings news.
Manage one senior communications specialist. Work with key contacts in the five operating areas, IT and Compliance.
Must be able to work quickly and efficiently to balance priorities and high volume of deliverables.

Job Requirements:

Five to seven years of experience in corporate communications, journalism, or publishing.
Excellent writing, editing skills and organization skills.
Superior proofreading skills and attention to detail.
Knowledge of the financial services industry, its products and services, ideally AXA’s.
Excellent people and project management skills.
Consultative and negotiation skills.
Excellent judgment and maturity to handle confidential information.
Working knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Adobe Acrobat and web-based databases, as well as aptitude to learn new software and web-based programs.
Ability to communicate effectively, with product managers, senior officers, compliance professionals, and other staff at all levels of the company.
Ability to handle several projects concurrently, often under deadline pressure.
English, Communications, Journalism, Business degree

Analyst - Media Relations

Overview:

The ideal candidate will have experience in corporate or agency Financial PR, Corporate Communications, or Financial Journalism. They will be enthusiastic, self-motivated and capable of engaging in high level dialogue with senior executives. Ability to build strong relationships with the business, with journalists and within the global communications team.

The role will include the pro-active handling of Media Relations inquiries for BlackRock. Maintaining clear, strong and appropriate communication with journalists having established a thorough understanding of BlackRock’s business, its products and capabilities.

The candidate will also be able to manage day-to-day support requests with PR agencies, and liaise with the EMEA and Asia Pacific corporate media relations teams where appropriate. In addition, the candidate will be able to provide support to position BlackRock’s business or personnel appropriately and help develop and execute initiatives, as directed.

Knowledge of financial media is essential. Strategic and creative thinking required. A willingness to work, at all times appropriate to the demands of the business. For the purposes of attending events, a level of client interaction outside normal office hours is required.

Duties:

•Work closely with the media relations team to plan and conduct media relations activities that build greater knowledge and recognition of the firm’s investment management professionals and of its broad mix of top-performing retail and institutional investment products/services.

•Maintain the process for tracking the division’s media relations activities and for the reporting on those activities to corporate communications in NY and other units of the firm as necessary.

•Support the planning and implementation of media events, roundtables, press conferences and journalist events.

•Support the handling of all media enquiries in a timely and efficient manner, as directed.

•Develop and maintain strong day-to-day working relationships with news media (print/broadcast) including business/financial media, investment management industry and financial advisory “trade” publications, as directed.

•In particular, target the core list of journalists/opinion leading media, and create and maintain a process for regular outreach to these media to propose story ideas and sources that reinforce a favorable profile for the division and its professionals, as directed

•Coordinate the distribution of a full range of written materials including press releases, by-lined articles, and reports related to the division’s activities, as directed.

Writer/Associate

We are seeking an intelligent, motivated writer/associate to assist in ghost writing regular content for various journalistic publications, including our regular column in the Investing section of Forbes.com.

Our initial need is for 2-4 brief articles a month. We maintain a start-up ethos where getting work done is what matters, so hours and work location are flexible. Opportunity for full-time continued employment. Business or Finance experience a plus.

Web Production/Editorial Assistant

Job responsibilities will include:

• Upload and migrate population of content for World Science Festival's new website currently under construction
• Daily maintenance of World Science Festival's new video department (WSFtv; www.wsf.tv)
• Create new content entries daily: write descriptions; enter into system; upload assets
• Update social media outlets (Twitter/Facebook) and maintain engagement
• Design, copyedit, send, and track email newsletters using established lists and CRM client
• Site-wide adjustments as needed
• Other various web editorial/production tasks as needed
Ideal candidate will have strong overall computer skills; basic knowledge of web-standard best practices; experience maintaining a website using a Content Management System; excellent communication skills, both verbal and written; excellent organizational and time management skills; attention to detail; ability to work independently; ability to work with a variety of people across departments. Strong interest in and knowledge about popular science topics preferable. Experience with a digital marketing client, email list manager, or other CRM platform a plus.

Per Diem Press Liaiason for Upcoming Independent Feature Fim

Seeking sharp, enthusiastic, personable and knowledgeable student or recent graduate, familiar with the basics of press releases, and able to act as liaison to the media for upcoming independent feature film. Hours and pay will vary, depending on experience and what actually needs to be done, at a given time. Please E-Mail for more details.

Associate

We are seeking an intelligent, motivated associate to assist in editorial aspects of our business strategy projects. The job requires strong research and writing skills as well as the ability to think strategically and creatively.
 
Our initial need is for 10 to 20hrs/week. We maintain a start-up ethos where getting work done is what matters, so hours and work location are flexible. Opportunity for full-time continued employment.
 
Sample projects include:
- Writing/editing regular content for various publications (including our regular column in Forbes)
- Researching business opportunities
- Assisting in the branding and positioning of new products and community projects
- Maintaining written marketing and sales collateral and keeping due diligence materials up-to-date
 
Apply to be challenged.

Health Policy Communications Officer

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is seeking a dynamic and creative individual to serve as Communications Officer. This position will work closely with Communications and Program staff to develop and implement effective strategies for delivering CHCS messages to Medicaid stakeholders. The communications officer will be responsible for a variety of writing projects and will also oversee online community building to facilitate the sharing of Medicaid best practices with key audiences. The position requires a well-rounded candidate with exceptional writing, editing, and oral communication skills and an interest in health policy/public health.

Responsibilities
 Work closely with Communications and Program staff to develop and execute communications plans for select CHCS initiatives related to health reform, improving Medicaid quality, and children with complex needs.
 Assist in the development, writing, and editing of various publications, including policy briefs, case studies, reports, project descriptions, press releases, toolkits, and other copy as necessary.
 Coordinate national webinars to disseminate key health policy messages to Medicaid stakeholders across the country.
 Assist in developing effective online strategies, e.g., e-outreach, blog postings, etc., to reach target audiences.
 Build media relationships to position CHCS as an expert on improving quality in publicly financed care. Handle press inquiries as necessary.
 Handle special projects related to communications as assigned.

Chief Editor & Writer

We are looking for a highly professional and resourceful Chief Editor & Writer to participate in the writing and graphic production of our newsletter “In New York.”

Key Tasks:
• Participate in planning all editorial aspects of “In New York”
• Conceptualize and write approximately 7 issues per year
• Gather materials, conduct interviews, report from events
• Coordinate, edit, develop, design, proofread, and produce contents
• Work as part of a team to ensure that deadlines are met

Preferred Skills and Abilities:
• Background in journalism, communications or related field
• Excellent writing and editing skills and a strong command of the English language
• Organizational skills, with great attention to detail and accuracy
• Proficiency in Adobe InDesign is merited

Research Associate, Communication & Infrastructure Software

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
Job Posting

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., one of the leading investment banks for mid- to small-cap companies, is currently seeking a research associate to support our senior analyst for Communication and Infrastructure Software. The position will be located in New York.

This is an ideal position for someone who has 1-2 years of experience in equity research or an equivalent field, and seeks an opportunity with more responsibility, creativity, and collegiality. The position carries substantial responsibility and requires a broad range of skills including the ability to exercise considerable judgment, initiative, and independence.

The position requires a passion for the stock market and strong analytical and communication skills. It also demands independence, initiative, and entrepreneurship, as after an intense ramp up period, the associate will gain responsibility over a broad array of report writing and model building duties. The ideal candidate will exhibit intellectual curiosity, doggedness, and an intense devotion to accuracy and quality. Strong communication skills, both written and oral, as well as an ability to work well within a fast-paced team dynamic are essential. A strong work ethic is imperative, as the position will require long hours, including weekends.

Knowledge of the technology sector is not required but a plus, as are licenses and/or a CFA.

In addition to the above, we look for people who possess, or have the potential to possess, the following characteristics:

• Strong writing and analytical skills. Associates are responsible for writing and producing equity research reports, company initiations, and marketing presentations—often under very tight time constraints;
• Strong financial modeling, accounting, valuation, and quantitative skills. Associates are responsible for building and maintaining integrated I/S, B/S, and C/F models and for organizing and maintaining industry data. Attention to detail is critical;
• A passion for the stock market, and equity research. It is highly advantageous to have exposure to the financial markets and equity research, as well as the day-to-day responsibilities of an equity research associate;
• Strong sales and communication skills. As time progresses, associates will interact with internal sales and trading and external clients. Responsiveness and professionalism is important;
• Ability to work independently and initiate and accomplish projects with minimal supervision. Aggressive self-starters with a strong work ethic are desirable;
• Ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously;
• PC skills: the position requires strong Excel skills and a fair command of Word, PowerPoint, Bloomberg and Factset.

If you are interested in this position, please send your resume and letter of interest to hrnyc@opco.com. Please recognize that due to the volume of responses we may not be able to respond to all applicants. Please also specify in the subject line which position you are applying for; inquiries that do not specify will not be considered.

Student Services Contractor

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
Announcement (Master’s level)

A. Statement of Work

1. Agency and Office Mission

The Office of Research and Development at the EPA supports high-quality research to improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues and help EPA achieve its environmental goals. Research is conducted in a broad range of environmental areas by scientists in EPA laboratories and at universities across the country.

2. Project Description

The Science Communications staff within the Office of Research and Development (ORD) at EPA is responsible for choosing research to be highlighted, translating technical research into understandable language, and effectively communicating the value of this research. The team is expected to develop communication materials, engage in social media, facilitate outreach with the public, and illustrate the relevancy and impact of the ORD research program.

This team is seeking an energetic, creative student to assist the team in communicating the work of ORD through innovative, accessible, and accurate science writing.

3. Period of Performance

Work Hours: Up to 40 hours per week.

Approximate Start and End Dates: April 2011 – March 2012, with the possibility of an extension for an additional 12 months. Total potential hours: 1928, per 12 month period.

4. Description of Student Services

The student will assist the team communicating EPA research. Responsibilities will include:

a. The student will identify, review and summarize information relating to environmental science and policy.
b. The student will interview researchers, write stories, and edit content for both internal and external publications.
c. The student will use creative approaches, including interactive web-based tools, to foster communication of research both inside and outside of ORD.
d. The student will help manage and produce a bi-monthly electronic newsletter highlighting EPA research and development impacts and outcomes for lay audiences. This includes writing articles as assigned by the managing editor.
e. The student will be a regular contributor to the “Science Wednesday” section of Greenversations, the official blog of the EPA.

5. Quality Assurance Requirements

The student contractor will maintain computer files and documentation so that work products can be reviewed for accuracy.

6. Description of Working Conditions

Work will be performed in an office building in downtown Washington, DC. The student contractor will be supervised by a mentor who will provide day-to-day direction, as well as coach, advise, and counsel the student, and review the student contractor’s work.

7. Travel

Occasional overnight travel may be required.

B. Required Knowledge, Skills, Work Experience, and Education

The student contractor should have a master’s degree in environmental science or journalism from an accredited university or college. This degree must have been received within the past two years. The student should demonstrate education and/or experience in both environmental science and journalism. The student should possess strong written, oral and electronic communication skills.

C. Eligibility

Students under this contract are required to undergo a background check and check of FBI fingerprint files and a suitability determination by the Environmental Protection Agency. Students awarded a contract will have to complete a Standard Form 85 (SF-85) “Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions” and SF-87 “Fingerprint Charts”. All completed forms will be submitted to the ORD Mentor at least 14 business days prior to reporting to work. Fingerprints will either be taken at the ORD duty station (upon reporting for work) or students will be notified to have their fingerprints taken at their local police department. If a background check reveals information to indicate the student represents a risk to the interests of EPA and the national security, the contract may be terminated.

D. Compensation:
The rate of compensation is $30.99 per hour, based on completion of master’s degree. Student contractors will be paid the basic hourly rate only for the number of hours worked and do not receive overtime premium for any hours worked beyond a 40-hour week. Student contractors do not accrue leave or holiday benefits and are not paid for any non-work days, regardless of the reason.

Student contractors are responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the principal duty station location. EPA does not provide housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty station. Recent graduates are eligible as long as graduation occurred no more than two years ago. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on their immigration status and the applicable regulations of the BCIS.

E. Taxes
Federal, State, Local and Social Security taxes will not be withheld; student contractors are responsible for reporting income to authorities and paying all taxes.

F. Principal Duty Station Location:
U.S Environmental Protection Agency
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC. 20004