The Communications and Reporting Specialist works for the Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (Gordon-CenSSIS) and ALERT (Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats), a multi-university Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funded Center of Excellence and is responsible for the three key areas described below.
First, the position is responsible for the production, printing and distribution of Center reports, proposals, presentations, brochures, workshop, conference, marketing and other written materials as needed by the Center and its Affiliates. In the course of this work, this position will provide copyediting, formatting, and graphic design support; interface with print vendors; provide inventory management of existing reports, documents, and materials; as well as manage the distribution of these materials as needed by constituents.
In addition, this position serves as the communications coordinator for the center. This includes, but is not limited to, providing updates to and copyediting for various components of the Center's communications portfolio (including web, social media, and newsletter); drafting, editing and developing posts and articles related to Center activities, news, projects and funding opportunities; and interfacing and facilitating center communications with both internal and external media groups. Responsibilities also include serving as the Center's representative on University, College, and DHSCOE Communications Committees – performing tasks such as executing communication directives and informing the committees of Center activities, successes, and news. This role is also responsible for updating the DHS University Programs personnel with monthly communications updates, and providing annual and periodic project reporting deliverables and Center information as requested.
Finally, the position will provide general administrative support for the Center and its affiliates. This includes, but is not limited to, assistance with development and management of Center webinar participation, coverage of the front office activities and tasks (including but not limited to, working at the front desk, making equipment and room reservations, equipment and office supply orders) as needed, and supervision of work-study students who provide office support.
In all three of these key areas, the incumbent will develop external communication emails to various communities within the Center and its Affiliates in order to successfully disseminate and produce the documents and outreach vehicles mentioned in each area.
The minimum level of qualification for success in this job would be a BA/BS degree with one or more years of related experience in report writing and copy-editing, and administrative office support, preferably in a fast-paced environment requiring use and proper handling of high level and confidential information. The incumbent must also have at least one year of related experience working with social media content development and dissemination. The incumbent must be a self-motivated individual who can anticipate problems and demonstrate significant independent judgment. Detail-orientation and a high-level of attention to accuracy and completeness are required. Must have a demonstrated ability to work with a variety of stakeholders at various levels, both internal and external to NU. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated professional demeanor. Must have excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook) and strong familiarity with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Experience with email marketing campaigns (such as Constant Contact), databases, and listservs is helpful. Individual must be extremely flexible, patient, adaptable and capable of establishing priorities and timelines.
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