Digital Content Manager, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute
October 28, 2017
New York, New York
Advertised Summary Job Description: Columbia University's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute brings together an extraordinary group of world-class scientists and scholars to pursue the most urgent and exciting challenge of our time: understanding the brain and mind.
The Zuckerman Institute is searching for a full-time Digital Content Manager. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented science communicator/illustrator/graphic designer with a breadth of expertise in technology and the digital media environment.
Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Digital Content Manager drives public understanding and online engagement in neuroscience and promotes the extraordinary research at the Zuckerman Institute. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability and desire to convey complex scientific information to non-expert audiences and create compelling, dynamic content and digital products.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
-Drives the planned redesign of the current website, with support from an outside firm; develops a content strategy and curates and manages the website, bringing an imaginative and strategic vision to maximize our impact on various digital platforms; -Develops videos, podcasts, infographics and other digital and print products that explore and explain the work of the Zuckerman Institute and its scientists. The development of quantitative and qualitative strategies to assess targeted audience growth and engagement will be an important aspect of the position. It is important that the person be immersed in digital culture and also knowledgeable about the current workings and best practices of the digital and traditional media world. -Identifies and creates primarily digitally delivered content including, but not limited to, compelling news and feature stories about the research, public programs and other activities of the Institute that are accessible to a range of internal and external audiences; -May produce collateral print materials, as needed; -Establishes and maintains strong professional relationships with Columbia faculty, administration and colleagues across the university. -Maintains a multimedia database and performs other related duties and special projects as assigned.
At least two (2) writing samples must be included with submission of application.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and a minimum of four years of related experience is required. An in-depth understanding of neuroscience is essential.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Working knowledge of front-end web development, including content management systems such as Drupal is preferred. Experience creating visually stunning infographics, data visualizations, animations, photographs and video is highly desired.
Must possess expertise in framing stories and issues for different audiences and a sophisticated understanding of science as it relates to contemporary issues and debates. Exceptional attention to editorial detail. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, a sense of humor and a commitment to teamwork. Must be flexible, organized and capable of performing multiple tasks.
The successful candidate must have sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader Columbia University organization. Must have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degrees in journalism, science journalism, the sciences and/or graphic design preferred.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.