Communications Strategist - Sciences

Job description

Requisition # 2018-8746
Department Communications
Category Communications and Public Relations
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 Princeton's Department of Chemistry and its Center for Statistics and Machine Learning (CSML). Science-writing experience is a priority qualification.

The communications strategist will be based in the Office of Communications and work collaboratively with colleagues in the Chemistry department and CSML 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.

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


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

  • Writing high-quality content tailored to the Department of Chemistry's and CSML's channels and audiences, with special emphasis on science writing and research translation;
  • Posting content to their respective websites that incorporates related photos, graphics and other multimedia assets, as appropriate;
  • Applying smart, strategic communications approaches to achieve their respective goals;
  • Managing social media outreach across relevant platforms;
  • 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, preferably in a science discipline such as chemistry or biology. 5+ years' experience in communications or related field. Demonstrated science-writing experience with experience writing and translating research for scientific peer and lay audiences. Exceptional oral and written communications skills..

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 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.

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)


Estimated Appointment End Date


Comments Related to End Date

two-year term position

Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


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Posted: 5/8/2018
Application Due: 7/7/2018
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