Communications Strategist - Sciences

Job description

Requisition # 2017-7228
Department Communications
Category Communications and Public Relations
Date Posted 2/28/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline ..


Princeton University's Office of Communications seeks a dynamic and versatile communications professional to serve as a Communications Strategist. Reporting to the Director of Communications Strategy, the communications strategist will support the objectives and priorities of multiple University academic departments and centers looking to expand their communications capacity.

The communications strategist will be based in the Office of Communications and work collaboratively with units across campus focusing on the natural and computer sciences. The strategist will work closely with staff housed in those areas to develop strategies that reach their key audiences with messages and stories that raise their visibility and reinforce Princeton's reputation for excellence in research and teaching.

Please note this is a two-year, benefits eligible term position.


Representative communications responsibilities include, but will not be limited to:

  • Setting communications strategy to achieve departments'/centers' respective goals;
  • Writing high-quality content tailored to departments'/centers' channels and audiences;
  • Managing social media outreach across relevant platforms;
  • Overseeing print and electronic production and dissemination of newsletters and other publications;
  • Coordinating with the Office of Communications, Office of the Dean for Research and others to share ideas and content with broader communications potential.

Other responsibilities may include promoting events, taking compelling photos and videos, executing successful e-mail marketing efforts, and applying basic design principles within commonly used web publishing environments.

The communications strategist must function as an effective liaison among department/center staff, faculty members, students and others to develop steady streams of compelling content that can appear online, in print, or both. The strategist will help take the communications efforts of individual departments and centers 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.


Essential Qualifications

Bachelor's degree. 5+ years' experience in communications or related field. Demonstrated leadership in developing and implementing communications strategies. Exceptional oral and written communications skills. Experience with science writing and translating research for lay audiences.

Versatility and flexibility is essential, as this position requires the strategist to divide time and attention across multiple units throughout the University. Attention to detail and customer service are key. Ability to prioritize and juggle responsibilities, meet tight deadlines and work on multiple projects simultaneously. Organized and expert problem-solver. Creativity in setting strategy and curiosity in approaching assignments. Self-motivated with ability to work independently and also as part of multiple teams. Ability to constructively edit others' work. Proven success in managing projects.

Proficiency in Microsoft desktop applications (PowerPoint, Word, Excel), web publishing (e.g., Drupal) and social media platforms.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in a University setting. Video production and editing skills a plus.

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, 050

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Comments Related to End Date

two-year term position

Physical Capacity Exam Required


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Posted: 3/1/2017
Application Due: 4/30/2017
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