Advertised Summary Job Description: This is an extraordinary opportunity for a talented 360-degree communications professional with an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to help shape the reputation of one of this country's leading institutions in nursing education, research and practice.
Reporting to the Associate Dean of Strategic Communications and Marketing at Columbia University School of Nursing, the Senior Communications Specialist will help to implement the School's strategic marketing and communications plan by: identifying and acting upon opportunities for proactive media placements in professional and consumer media; pitching and building relationships with media on behalf of the School; and creating content to be strategically disseminated across multiple internal and external electronic and print platforms.
This individual will engage with the School's clinical and research faculty and students to identify and act on opportunities for proactive media placements in professional and consumer media. This individual will also collaborate with colleagues across Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) to share and leverage content and coverage and to act on media opportunities.
Key responsibilities will include:
- Identifying media opportunities for thought leadership in nurse research, clinical practice and health policy within the evolving national healthcare landscape; - Evaluating and identifying potential news and developing press pitches, press releases and press materials; - Pitching media, developing key messages to support pitches, and building/maintaining media lists; - Preparing faculty spokespersons for media interviews; - Maintaining visibility among targeted audiences by assisting in stakeholder engagement by managing the School's social media calendar and other vehicles; - Overseeing the creation and dissemination of the School's monthly newsletter including developing articles; - Attending and reporting on School events and other faculty & student-driven initiatives for us in the School newsletter, website, social media, and other communications channels; - Repurposing content for the Columbia Nursing website, newsletter, social media, and flagship publication; - Generating meaningful media metrics to measure progress towards specific targets; - Overseeing a staff member in the production of the School's internal communications newsletter; - Producing short videos when necessary; and - Overseeing special projects as assigned and performing other related duties.
General Minimum Qualifications: This position requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education, training and experience, plus four (4) years of related experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a solid background from prior work history in a healthcare institution or public relations firm working with healthcare clients. S/He must have superb public relations instincts and a proven track record of placements in healthcare, higher education, professional, national and local media, and the ability to think conceptually across media platforms. At least four (4) years of public relations agency, non-profit or corporate public relations experience in the health care arena is required. The incumbent will also have strong writing skills and an ability to translate complex topics into accessible information.
The Senior Communications Specialist will possess a strong work ethic, be a self-starter, and have the ability to take a project to completion. S/He will exhibit high professional standards, the ability to think strategically, and the maturity to serve the needs of multiple clients. Having the ability to share and contribute ideas is essential. S/He must also possess excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with an aptitude for managing multiple tasks simultaneously.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience using Cision, PhotoShop, MailChimp, and Drupal (CMS) is preferred. A demonstrated understanding and interest in the role of nursing and nurse education is strongly preferred, as well as an understanding of the issues and trends pertaining to nursing in the healthcare system.
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.
Internal Number: 126_167251
About Columbia University
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.