Engineering Communication Specialist

Requisition # 2021-13788
Date Posted 2 months ago(12/1/2021 12:10 PM)
Engineering & Applied Science
Communications and Public Relations
Job Type


Reporting to the School of Engineering and Applied Science Office of Communications, the Communication Specialist will work with two departments, Computer Science and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, within the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) to improve the written content of the departments' websites, newsletters and print materials. A component of the work will consist of hands-on writing and editing, while primary responsibilities will be to generate a range of messaging across traditional and digital media focusing on promoting each department's strategic mission, ongoing activity and brand.


This position requires significant interaction with faculty, staff, administration and students. Editorial responsibilities may include writing brief news and feature items about awards and other accomplishments, as well as analyzing and recommending improvements to the static text throughout sites and materials. The Communication Specialist must be capable of conveying technical information to a scientifically literate but non-specialist audience. The candidate will work in a team environment with communication specialists serving other departments, sometimes collaborating or supporting each other's work. Candidate must be extremely well organized, exhibit exceptional attention to detail and be able to troubleshoot and multitask.


This is a two-year term position with the possibility of renewal.


Content strategy:
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 each department's accomplishments.


Content generation and curation:
Report and write news items and other web content. Coordinate with the Office of Engineering Communications on the assignment, use and dissemination of longer research news and feature items. Monitor SEAS and departmental sites for related content and adapt and post to departmental sites as appropriate.


Project Management:
Oversee print and email publications (via platforms such as MailChimp), website design, annual report, select multimedia projects, arrange photography and attend photo shoots to enhance web content, manage and direct work of external writers, videographers, graphic artists, web specialists and photographers. Sample projects include senior thesis videos, hallway media displays, departmental graphic identity, and photography archives.


Social Media Management:
Promote news stories on the Computer Science social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn). Monitor SEAS and Computer Science faculty social media accounts and share/re-tweet relevant department news. Propose and develop Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering-related content for engineering school social media.





Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years of work experience
  • Strong background in journalistic writing and editing, particularly translating technical topics for a broad audience
  • Experience developing communications strategies
  • Experience working with designers and photographers
  • Strong organizational skills and communications habits
  • Agility with web content management systems
  • Agility with Photoshop


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience in higher education communications, particularly in developing content strategies and improving workflows
  • Familiarity with science and engineering disciplines
  • Familiarity and comfort with basic web coding



Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Probationary Period

180 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Estimated Appointment End Date


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver’s License Required


Experience Level

Mid-Senior Level



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