Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications Coordinator is responsible for implementing key elements of Harrisâ™s communications plan, as part of a school-wide brand-building effort to extend Harrisâ™ reach and impact.
Responsibilities will include creation of written and multimedia content to help highlight Harris Public Policy, its research, students and community, seeking to engage our target audiences, expanding awareness of the school among stakeholders and public policy influencers, and helping to enhance the schoolâ™s reputation. The Communications Coordinator is integral in helping Harris communicate its brand to key audiences.
Draft and/or manage freelancers on selected writing assignments
Ideate, create and edit content materials including articles and press releases, coordinating with Communications team as well as other Harris staff as necessary
Assist with creation of printed publications, electronic newsletters, marketing materials and other content distribute channels
Proof read, develop and post media content
Support media relations activities, including pitching and working with reporters, maintaining/updating reporter database
Digital and Social Media
Maintains existing digital and social media accounts (including routine posting of news to the Harris website. May identify new and emerging social media outlets for communicating to specific audiences
Tracks usage trends of the organization's earned media and social networks, and helps to track metrics of both social and earned media performance
Ensures that content of the organization's website and social networking sites is up-to-date
Help to ideate videos highlighting Harris faculty, students, etc. for distribution on the website and social media
Brainstorm video and other multimedia content ideas with communications team that help communicate Harrisâ™ brand and priorities to viewers
Work with vendors to capture and edit video interviews and other content
Work with vendors to create rough and final cuts of videos for distribution
Provide administrative support to the daily activities of the Harris Communications department
Maintain project management tracker for team to ensure proper workflow and ability to meet deadlines
Assist with communications needs of other Harrisâ™ departments, faculty members and student groups as needed
Track, report, and follow-up on open issues. Draft associated communication as appropriate
Perform other related duties as assigned
Effectively work on multiple projects simultaneously employing strong project management skills required
Demonstrate ability to review and prioritize work to take appropriate actions without advance approval, set priorities, and meet deadlines ensuring close attention to detail
Ability to work independently and as part of a team required
A good sense of humor, attention to detail, and patience in working with an a variety of constituencies required
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelorâ™s degree in journalism, public relations, marketing, English or related field preferred
One to two years of experience in communications, , public relations, social media, marketing or journalism preferred
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Strong writing and editorial skills required
Experience with social media platforms, including Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Skype, Twitter, WhatsApp, and YouTube
Knowledge of MS Office Suite, especially Word and PowerPoint required
Knowledge of graphic design and the Adobe Creative Suite preferred, but not required
Knowledge of SEO best practices preferred, but not required
Technologically savvy preferred
NOTE: When applying all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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