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The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, one of six academic units in Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, seeks a Communications Officer to raise the department profile, partnering with the Mailman School's Communications department and others to promote the department's distinctive accomplishments and educational programs to internal and external audiences. Population and Family Health faculty, staff, and students examine the health needs and human rights of diverse populations in communities across the globe, generating scholarly research, advocacy, and education initiatives that illuminate the department's intellectual distinction and commitment to underserved populations.
Reporting to the Senior Administrative Manager, the Communications Officer will be responsible for envisioning, developing, and driving engaging and creative communications and advocacy strategy, working closely with faculty in the department. This position requires outstanding written and communication skills, knowledge and passion for public health, and the ability to work proactively in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
Identifies compelling departmental narratives and implements strategies to disseminate them, raising the department profile among key internal and external audiences in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students, and the Mailman School's Communications department.
Writes news items, profiles, interviews, recruitment materials, and more that reflect departmental objectives, and circulates them to Columbia, CUMC, Mailman School, and internal audiences in partnership with the Communications department.
Designs solicitation strategies, identifies development opportunities, and develops strategic campaigns to attract and maintain gifts and donor interest.
Builds and maintains newsletters and other digital and print vehicles to promote the department, targeting faculty, students, alumni, and others, at regular intervals.
Manages department web content, providing routine updates, reviewing faculty information, and coordinating new content.
Develops and distributes creative content to various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) with a goal of increasing engagement through innovative thinking and strategic campaigns.
Contributes to departmental and faculty advancement objectives, assisting with grant applications, background research, and alumni engagement.
Serves as formal liaison to Communications and Development and Alumni Relations departments, acting as first point of contact for those charged with raising the department's profile and securing financial support.
Ensures that students, faculty, and alumni databases are current and accurate.
Assists Chair and others in department with editorial assignments.
Assists department staff with events, seminars, faculty meetings, and other activities.
Provides special assistance to the Chair, as needed.
Identifies departmental narratives and implements strategies to disseminate them-10%
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