Advertised Summary Job Description: The Communications Officer enhances the reputation and online presence of the Department of Urology and Department of Radiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center by developing strategic communications plans for social media and web content across multiple platforms. Reporting to the Department Administrators and Chairs, the Communications Officer works in close collaboration with the Departments' faculty members and leverages the support of resources within the Departments and Columbia University Medical Center to effect these communications plans. The incumbent uses analytic data to demonstrate efficacy and guide future decisions related to these communications.
The successful candidate has exceptional writing and research capabilities, mastery of variety of existing social media and e-marketing platforms, and recognizes opportunities to implement emerging technologies.
The Communications Officer manages and updates the Departments' websites and serves as webmaster. They work closely with faculty and CUMC Web Services to proofread and edit content. The incumbent researches, writes, edits, proofreads, and supervises the production and/or review process for all content related to communications on social media and website designs targeting multiple constituencies.
The Communications Officer cultivates a strong understanding of brand identity and works to maintain and promote brand integrity throughout all internal and external marketing efforts.
The incumbent develops and maintains relationships with marketing communications teams from the Departments' institutional partners to ensure that all internal resources, communications outlets, and related services are leveraged effectively in support of departmental goals.
The incumbent manages the Departments' social media accounts including Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and other appropriate platforms. With input from the Office of Development, the Communications Officer develops and edits quarterly e-newsletters and bi-annual printed newsletters. They manage content directed at promoting the philanthropic mission of the department.
The Communications Officer manages email distribution to the greater CUMC community and other targeted internal and external groups, maintains various departmental listservs, and develops and maintains production schedules for various communications projects. The incumbent has a clear command of both the CAN-SPAM Act and HIPAA regulations pertaining to or about communications with or about patients and other audiences. The Communications Officer acts as a liaison to the Departments of Development, Marketing, Web Services, Public Affairs, and the Faculty Practice Organization for communications activities. The Communications Officer stays abreast of issues and trends in academic medicine and developments within the medical center to keep the writing topical, timely, and accurate. This entails research on a variety of topics important to academic medicine leadership and audiences vested in the medical center's success.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, business or related field.
Five years of relevant professional and administrative experience is required.
Expertise in Content Management Systems (Drupal or similar) social media platforms, and e-marketing platforms (i-Contact or similar).
Demonstrated ability to work with senior-level executives, in cross-functional teams, and able to supervise staff and outsourced freelance resources.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: MINIMUM EXPECTATIONS Medical, science, or technology writing skills and experience
Strong news reporting, copywriting skills, and ability to communicate complex ideas simply and effectively; healthcare/medical, or technology writing in a deadline-driven atmosphere preferred
Ability to work independently and take initiative; strong self-starter with excellent listening and communication skills
Ability to work under pressure, undertake multiple tasks simultaneously, coordinate, and direct the work of others, and set goals to meet tight deadlines
Strong production management and organizational experience
Expertise in website content management (Drupal or similar), email marketing (iContact or similar), social media platform management, and experience producing digital content
Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign), Microsoft office suite, and familiar with print layout and design
Knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Hootsuite, Instagram, Tumblr, Google +, Google Docs, and Email Marketing Software (i.e. iContact or similar).
Working knowledge of Google Adwords, Facebook Analytics, Insights, Google Display Network, and custom ad placement. Experience with project planning/coordination and management of project and event logistics from conception to execution
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_168430
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