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Tracking Code22500517030608Job Description

The Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences (CDS) is a transdisciplinary academic unit of scholars and researchers in core and applied areas of computing, computational, and data-driven inquiry. The CDS mission is to be a catalyst for synergy and integration of research and education programs in computing and data sciences across the landscape of academic disciplines at BU. Founded in 2019 and housed in an iconic 19-story building to be completed in 2022, CDS complements and connects various academic disciplines through the language of computation and data. In support of the University's strategic goals, CDS is laying the foundation for promoting innovation-driven and civic-minded computing through thematic Impact Hubs that act as catalysts for maximizing the real-world impact of its research, curricular, and co-curricular programs, most notably on issues of equity, sustainability, health, and civic tech. CDS launched its undergraduate program in Data Science and is welcoming its first fully matriculated cohort of students in Fall 2022.

Reporting to the Director of Administration and working closely with the faculty and administrative leadership of the Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences (CDS), this position will play a key role in elevating CDS to national visibility. The Programs and Communications Manager leads in planning and implementing of high-profile programs that support CDSs strategic objectives, maximizes the visibility of impactful research, and builds community. This person will also develop and manage CDSs marketing and communications strategies to ensure that CDSs digital presence reflects its core mission and values. They will work to maximize the CDS digital footprint through storytelling, email newsletter curation, event and program marketing, media relations, and website optimization. This position will lead the development and oversight of CDSs online presence, marketing strategies, and communications supporting CDS programs and initiatives. They are primarily responsible for core CDS communications needs, including CDS website oversight, posting of program news / communiques, creating and maintaining communications collateral such as presentations, mailing list updates, and overall brand management. This position also supports the creation, planning, and execution of signature programs in CDS, including oversight and assistance with regularly occurring (annual) programs and on-demand support to programs initiated by CDS faculty, University leadership, and other University offices such as national conferences, thematic programs, and other one-time strategic initiatives.

Given the expected growth of CDS faculty, programs, and administrative infrastructure, this role is expected to evolve with significant career development opportunities for a successful candidate. CDS believes that the cultural and social diversity of our community is vitally important to the distinction and excellence of our research and academic programs. To that end, we are especially eager to recruit colleagues who supports our commitment to ensuring that BU is inclusive, equitable, diverse, and a place where all constituents can thrive.

Required Skills

A cover letter is required for consideration.

  • Bachelor's Degree and 5-8 years of experience beyond the degree in marketing, communications, and administration (or 3-5 years of similar experience beyond a Master's degree)
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Outstanding organizational, process, and project management skills
  • Excellent writing and copyediting skills
  • Careful about details such as record keeping, follow-through, and follow-up
  • Proficiency with hypertext web/email layout and editing using HTML and CSS
  • Competency with web and social media content creation and graphic design tools, such as Adobe Suite
  • Experience with website design and front-end web development using Wordpress
  • Experience with CRM and email marketing platforms, such as Mailchimp
  • Comfort with a fast-paced and dynamic work setting; flexibility, positivity, and teamwork are critical attributes
  • Proven ability to work effectively on cross-functional teams
  • Commitment to the residential University experience and to being physically present and engaged to foster a sense of belonging for the CDS community of faculty, students, and staff

Preferred Skills:

  • Interest in computing technologies and/or in the potential for data-driven inquiry
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students, faculty, and staff from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds
  • Track record of proactive engagement with or support of programs aiming to broaden participation of women and members of underrepresented minorities in STEM.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the Back2BU site.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job LocationBOSTON, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


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