Princeton University Communications Manager in Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University

Council of the Humanities - 21000

Position Summary
The Humanities Council is seeking a Communications Manager to create, support, and manage their strategic communications plan. The Council serves 46 humanities-related departments, centers, programs, and committees. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Manager will create and distribute materials that represent all sectors of Princeton's humanities endeavors to the campus community and the larger public, with a focus on interdisciplinary programs. These materials include campus-wide calendars, an array of regularly scheduled newsletters and publicity, dynamic and adaptive websites, multimedia features, annual reports, printed materials, and social media.

The Communications Manger will ensure an accurate, consistent, and high-quality presentation of the Humanities Council's programs and will recommend the most effective venues to reach targeted audiences. The Manager will support the work of Council Program Managers and Faculty Directors to enhance communications in Journalism, Humanistic Studies, Film Studies, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, European Cultural Studies, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Classical Philosophy, Renaissance Studies, Italian Studies, Canadian Studies, and the Program in the Ancient World. The Manager will pitch stories for inclusion on the University homepage, and will prepare short features on high-profile visitors and public lectures, faculty seminars, innovation awards, visiting fellows, research professorships, undergraduate events/awards, student internships, peer mentoring programs, course projects, and class trips.

This individual is responsible for communicating faculty and student accomplishments in ways that will highlight the University's and the Council's priorities and convey a distinct message about the value of research in the humanities. Building effective partnerships with each of the centers and programs under the Council's umbrella, the Manager will promote their work and help coordinate the use of digital media. The Manager will write and distribute news about Princeton's groundbreaking humanities and journalism courses, faculty research, and international initiatives, making complex research compelling and accessible to diverse audiences.

The Communications Manager will jointly supervise two employees with the Department Manager: a computing specialist and a journalism program manager, who will assist the Manager by assembling media clips and materials for use in print, video, and audio features.

The Manager will also supervise humanities interns and will pitch stories for inclusion on the University homepage, advise the Council on University communications policies, and manage a budget.

Writer and Editor: Write and edit press releases, feature articles, event publicity, and research spotlights; draft key institutional documents; manage the production of print materials with support from graphic designers.

Website, Newsletters, and Social Media: Manage all of the Council's digital projects and websites; hire and supervise external photo/videographers to create multimedia stories; create, collect, and curate web and social media content; produce and distribute the Council's weekly email newsletter; manage a large number of targeted email lists; monitor website analytics.

Project Management: Manage quality assurance for all Council communications; coordinate technical support, content production and sharing, stylesheets; organize and maintain photo archives; develop a student web internship program; oversee a master schedule of the Council's communications processes.

Essential Qualifications
Position Requires:

- Bachelor's degree in a humanities discipline, or in a humanities-related field such as journalism, creative writing, media studies, communications, public relations, educational technology, or arts administration
- Five to eight years of successful experience planning and implementing communications strategies in a progressive, fast-paced, team-based setting
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively about highly complex findings in all disciplines
- Substantial writing and editing experience
- Basic proficiency with website platforms (WordPress or Drupal); social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube); marketing and outreach tools (Constant Contact and Google Analytics); and graphic design photo, audio, and video editing software (Adobe InDesign, Preview, or Photoshop)
- Experience as webmaster of a professional or personal website (provide URL in cover letter)
- Ability to think strategically with a "big-picture view" about the most effective communications vehicles for target audiences
- Ability to multi-task, prioritize responsibilities, and meet multiple, competing deadlines with attention to detail and commitment to accuracy
- Proven ability to work independently and with a team, coordinating multimedia projects with multiple contributors
- Flexible and adaptive to changing needs and priorities
- Exercise good judgment, handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately
- Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends

The final candidate will be required to complete a background check successfully.

Preferred Qualifications

- Work experience in a college environment and an understanding of scholarly communities, priorities, and standards in the humanities
- Experience with Princeton students and knowledge of the institutional context
- Advanced degree in the humanities
- Experience with design, photography, or video production
- Experience with WordPress

Directory Title
Communications Manager
Job Function
Administrative or Professional
ADM 060
Standard Hours
Not Applicable
Full Time
Actual Hours per Week, if casual hourly

Pay Rate, if Casual Hourly

Work Schedule, if other than standard hours

Eligible for Overtime
Benefits Eligible
Union Code
Not Applicable
Education Required
Bachelor's Degree
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled or See Position Summary.
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