• Communications and Media Specialist

    Requisition # 2018-8956
    Date Posted 2 months ago(6/29/2018 4:19 PM)
    African American Studies
    Communications and Public Relations
    Full-Time / Part-Time
  • Overview

    Princeton University's Department of African American Studies seeks a dynamic and versatile communications professional to serve as the Communications & Media Specialist. Reporting to the Department Manager, the communications and media specialist will support the objectives and priorities of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies (AAS). African American Studies writing experience is a priority qualification.


    The communications and media specialist will work collaboratively with faculty and colleagues to produce high-quality written content that promotes their research and news, reaches their key audiences with messages and stories that raise their visibility, and reinforces Princeton's reputation for excellence in research and teaching.  This individual will be the primary producer of content for the department’s social media channels and will play a leading role in executing department-wide efforts on social media. 


    This position requires occasional night, weekend and holiday duty depending on the demands of the academic year.


    Representative responsibilities include, but will not be limited to:


    • Writing high-quality content tailored to AAS’s audiences, with special emphasis on teaching and research about African-descended people, with a central focus on their experiences in the United States;
    • Managing the website and applying basic design principles within Word Press that incorporates related photos, graphics and other multimedia assets;
    • Creating an annual report and other publications relevant to disseminating information to the university community, alumnus and general public;
    • Applying smart, strategic communications approaches to achieve respective goals;
    • Editing, creating and posting written and visual content on AAS’s social media channels (FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram) to manage outreach across relevent platforms;
    • Working to identify and engage in new, creative efforts to help tell the department’s story;
    • Coordinating with the Office of Communications and others to share ideas and content with broader communications potential.
    • Other responsibilities may include promoting events, executing successful e-mail marketing efforts and drafting writtten correspondence on behalf of the department's chair and manager.


    The communications and media specialist must function as an effective liaison among department staff, faculty members, students and others to develop steady streams of compelling content that can appear online, in print, or both. The specialist will help take the communications efforts to higher levels, while also serving as a bridge to central University communications to help surface important stories that Princeton may promote via its core channels.


    Required Qualifications: 

    • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years’ experience in communications or related field;
    • Proficiency in Word Press, Microsoft desktop applications (PowerPoint, Word, Excel), and social media platforms;
    • Demonstrated writing experience in the field of African American Studies;
    • Exceptional oral and written communications skills;
    • Proven success in managing projects and budgets;
    • Attention to detail and collaboration with colleagues are key;
    • Ability to prioritize and juggle responsibilities, meet tight deadlines and work on multiple projects simultaneously. Versatility and flexibility is essential, as this position requires the specialist to divide time and attention across priorities;
    • Ability to edit photos for social media, the website and publications;
    • Organized, creative and expert problem-solver.


    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work collaboratively with creative teams.
    • Experience in a university setting is a plus, but is not required. 


    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

    Salary Grade

    ADM, 030

    Standard Weekly Hours


    Eligible for Overtime


    Benefits Eligible


    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


    Physical Capacity Exam Required


    Valid Driver’s License Required



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