Communications Manager

Princeton, NJ
Sep 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7984
Department Prnctn Inst Intl & Regnl Studs
Category Communications and Public Relations
Date Posted 1 month ago
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline


The communications manager (CM) works with the director, faculty, and staff of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) to develop and implement communications strategies to raise the institute's visibility on campus, nationally, and internationally. The CM's primary responsibilities are in internal and external communications, media relations, and print and electronic publications to promote a deep appreciation of the institute's work through clear and consistent materials directed to key audiences, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, peer institutions and scholars, and the media. These materials highlight 1) the exceptional quality of scholarly research and teaching by PIIRS associated faculty and visitors; 2) PIIRS' distinctive international programs for students, both on campus and abroad; and 3) more than 300 unique events sponsored by PIIRS annually. The CM oversees the content and substance of the PIIRS website, social media sites, and, in particular, a campus-wide international events calendar, in cooperation with the PIIRS web developer. The CM advises PIIRS on communications policies and manages a communications budget.


  • Communications and Writing
    • Directs all Institute communications to campus, domestic, and international audiences, from conception to distribution.
    • Editor of Princeton International, Princeton's international magazine, in partnership with the University Office of Communications, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Operations, and the Office of International Programs. Develops and writes articles for the magazine, conducts interviews, supervises articles from the cooperating offices, collaborates on design and content with the cooperating offices, oversees photography/selects imagery, and ensures the overall quality of the magazine.
    • Collaborates with faculty and administrative staff on the development of new communications initiatives, e.g., for alumni weekend; for PIIRS Global Seminars at the Freshman Expo, the Study Abroad Fair, predeparture meetings; on innovative materials for advertising the PIIRS regional programs.
    • Manages the design, content, and production of a wide variety of print materials, including posters, brochures, conference documents, and related materials. Collaborates with the associate director on the production of the institute's annual report.
    • Takes on special projects as required, e.g., for the director or campus partners.
    • Advises the PIIRS administrative staff on both print and online materials for projects.

  • Website and Other Digital Communications
    • Editor of the PIIRS website, a multilevel site that includes individual subsites for the PIIRS regional programs, faculty research initiatives, the PIIRS Global Seminars and other international initiatives, and events (both internal and external to PIIRS).
    • Creates substantive written and visual content for the website, including all social media. Oversee the staff and student workers who contribute to the main website and its subsites.
    • Collaborates with the PIIRS web developer on design and content updates.
    • Manages external vendors, including photographers, videographers, and designers.
    • Collaborates with PIIRS staff on the maintenance of subsites attached to programs or projects they manage.
    • Produces the PIIRS Newsletter, an online digital publication, sent via an e-mail list of almost 2,000.

  • General Organization
    • Develop guidelines, including timelines, for all communications initiatives, particularly for a growing number of events.
    • Track all communications initiatives and run analytics as needed.
    • Develop and maintain mailing lists and listservs (through MailChimp and other online resources)
    • Collaborate with the administrative staff, both at PIIRS and in cooperating offices, departments, and programs, on implementing effective communications practices.
    • Maintain an easily accessible and searchable photo and video archive.


Essential Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations, marketing, or a related field. At least 3-5 years of progressive experience in a communications or publishing.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with demonstrated substantial experience in editing and writing. Facility with substantive editing (i.e., for grammar, spelling, accuracy, format, and tone). Knowledge of commonly used stylesheets, e.g., the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook or the Chicago Manual of Style. Knowledge of publishing practices and trends and of web-based communication methods/tools.
  • A portfolio demonstrating experience in writing, researching, and interviewing for a wide range of publications.
  • Demonstrated experience with magazine production.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, (Power Point, Excel, Word). Proven experience with email marketing tools (preferably MailChimp). Experience in creating and editing content using CMS (e.g., Drupal) and in managing social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube).
  • Ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines and to work both collaboratively and independently. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, juggle competing requests and changing priorities.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with design, photography, and/or video or television production.
  • Experience working in an academic department within higher education.
  • Experience with graphic design software.

Please submit a cover letter along with you resume for this position.

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

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ADM, 050

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


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Physical Capacity Exam Required


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