The Communications Specialist (‘Communications Officer’) is responsible for collaboratively creating and tactically executing an integrated marketing communications strategy for the Scholars At Risk (SAR) Network at NYU. Responsibilities include developing effective and creative internal and external communications tools, messages, and materials, including print and electronic publications, and managing online content across SAR’s websites, social media, and multiple digital platforms. Maintain regular communication with network members, strengthen existing network partnerships, and coordinate and strengthen SAR’s messaging about the SAR global network, noteworthy achievements, current activities, publications, and relevant issues. The Communications Officer will also help manage the demands of SAR’s various programming, event planning, and public and media relations.
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in communications, or related field.
3+ years of professional experience or relevant education equivalent in communications and content strategies, managing websites, graphic design, social media, and program management.
3+ years work experience in developing communications and marketing strategies for academic programs, human rights/nonprofit campaigning, and working with diverse academic communities in higher education.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; sensitivity to diverse audiences, and awareness of communications risks and risk-management. Exceptional attention to detail, with strong initiative, creativity, time-management, and problem-solving abilities. Experience in press outreach and digital communications; strong understanding of social media for nonprofit organizations, including outreach, media, and development. Ability to build and maintain strong, trusting internal relationships within and across teams. Ability to manage competing interests, complex political and cultural factors, and tensions between long- and short-term goals. Commitment to human rights, academic freedom, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.