Associate Director of Communications, McCourt School of Public Policy
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Associate Director of Communications, McCourt School of Public Policy – Georgetown University
Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy currently offers five master’s degree programs and nine dual-degree programs, and includes fifteen affiliated research centers, twenty-one full time faculty members, ten visiting faculty members, more than one-hundred affiliated faculty members and approximately 450 enrolled students across the various degree and executive education programs.
The Associate Director of Communications, in collaboration with the Strategic Communications and Events team, helps develop and implement a strategic, multifaceted communications program designed to support McCourt’s mission and strategic objectives. They are the chief implementer of McCourt’s Impacts for the Common Good communications initiative, designed to tell the story of the McCourt community’s impact in the real policy world, and are a member of a team charged with telling the story of student life at McCourt. Reporting to the Senior Director of Communications, the Associate Director of Communications has duties that include but are not limited to:
Editorial and Strategic Communications
- Plan, develop and write original content, features and other stories and multimedia packages that accurately communicate McCourt’s strategic priorities, vision, values and mission and are consistent with the university’s visual and editorial style guides
- Build, maintain, and execute a content strategy and calendar encompassing all School, student, events, and research activities for the academic year – together with the Digital Media Associate
- Deliver accurate and relevant content on deadline, adhering to journalistic standards
- Write about a wide range of policy, politics, and governance research, including economic, health, education, international development, energy and environment policy
- Build relationships with McCourt School faculty, researchers, Centers, Institutes and students, and tells the stories of the research and impact in the U.S. and around the globe
- Pitches policy researchers and experts to national, local, and inside-the-beltway press
- Builds relationships with McCourt School faculty, researchers, Centers, Institutes and pitches McCourt School research and expertise to relevant media
Strategic Programming and Events
- Helps design, organize and promote McCourt School events – together with the Strategic Communications and Events team
- Assist in writing invitations, event descriptions, talking points, FAQs, and other strategic communications resources
- Bachelor’s degree
- 5+ years of experience with an emphasis on writing, content creation, media relations, and communications management and strategy
- Strong interpersonal skills and executive presence for effective interactions working with internal and external clients and individuals, including top policy, economic and political science researchers
- Ability to use their writing skills to make complex policy research accessible, with an emphasis on how it impacts people in the real world
- Ability to work independently, assuming responsibility, prioritizing and carrying out duties with a minimum of supervision
- Excellent organizational skills, verbal and written communications skills, and the ability to articulate the needs, interests, and accomplishments of McCourt School to a wide range of audiences
- Ability to handle multiple “priority” projects simultaneously and set and meet deadlines, and ensure that the staff does the same.
- An understanding of web analytics and ability to develop ideas to drive web traffic in strategic areas
- Experience with WordPress and Google Analytics or similar program
- Experience in policy or politics communications
- Experience with organizing events and panel discussions
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Job posted: 2021-05-14