Director of Communications

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Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate Director for Development and Communications, the incumbent serves as one of the strategic leads in effectively communicating the mission and purpose of the Institute.  Responsibilities include conceptualizing and marketing new editorial projects and initiatives, functioning as the lead communications writer and editor liaison to the Faculty and Institute Officers, and managing the Editorial Communications team. The Director of Communications further focuses within communications on the development of a multi-platform, multimedia content strategy––spanning digital content, website, print publications, and social media––to engage new audiences, raise the Institute’s profile, communicate the relevance of basic research, build an ongoing resource of information for scholars, thought leaders, and the general public, deepen engagement and connections within the IAS community. S/he directs content development, from research to purpose and placement; provides consistent editorial voice, messaging, and visual identity across platforms; and clearly communicates history and relevance of curiosity-driven basic research. S/he is the editor and chief writer for the Institute Letter and builder of the website’s content architecture, including the taxonomy-driven Ideas section of 300+ articles and videos by IAS Faculty and Members.  S/he serves as IAS’ principal institutional writer. 

Position Duties and Responsibilities 

Oversight and production of editorial and digital content

  • Collaborates with the Associate Director, Senior Director of Strategic Communications/ External Relations, and other senior staff to identify and evolve editorial content, user experience, and distribution, and facilitating audience development, media outreach, and new initiatives.
  • Identifies and launches innovative strategies and content to engage new audiences; raises the Institute’s profile; communicates the relevance of basic research; serves as a resource for thought leaders and the general public; and deepens engagement and connections within the IAS community.
  • Curates, organizes, and distributes content (articles, videos, news briefs, archival material, exhibits, photography, and externally published material) across digital and print platforms, including the website, publications, e-communications, and social media.
  • Utilizes content to support media outreach and fundraising efforts, leadership materials, relationship building, and events programming.
  • Provides IAS messaging across digital and print platforms and channels; conceives of and produces special projects, publications, and multimedia materials to support profile-raising and fundraising activities.
  • Contributes original, substantive reporting and writing about IAS research.
  • Directs the development, curation, and quality of the Institute website and its messaging, including the editing and production of the homepage, Ideas, and Community of Scholars directory and profiles. 
  • Oversees design, production, distribution, and costs of existing and new Institute digital products and publications. 
  • Assists in developing the IAS profile and strategic positioning, external partnerships and projects.
  • Develops highly specialized knowledge of basic research and history of the Institute.
  • Drafts and/or edits and proofreads additional materials to support activities of the Development and Communications office.
  • Oversees the selection and supervision of, freelance writers and vendors, including printers, designers, freelance writers, and photographers as needed to produce information resources. Manages vendors, sustainable systems, and efficient workflows.
  • Oversees editorial and content calendar, budget, and quality control.
  • Advances editorial and content vision and communicates clear strategy.
  • Oversees research and image resources and departmental systems for content-related work, such as editorial processes, style and visual identity guides, and photography. 

Writing, editing, and content strategy support to Director and Faculty

  • Serves as a senior adviser to the Director and Faculty for the development of digital and print content.
  • Serves as principal writer and editor (both short and long form) for Director and Trustees; researches, drafts, and edits leadership materials, including letters, speeches, and remarks.
  • Works with Faculty and visiting scholars to develop articles, profiles, and multimedia content about IAS research.
  • Develops new written resources and updates current resources for use by the Director, Faculty, and colleagues in Communications, Development and Events.
  • Provides leadership to the Communications Department, ensuring high engagement, fulfillment and productivity, including management of professional training and development efforts and activities.  

Oversight of editorial/content resources and staff 

All Other duties as assigned by the Associate Director for Development and Communications 

Skills and Abilities

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Background in journalism or publishing is essential.
  • Ability to interact effectively at all levels of the Institute community is critical.
  • Experience in strategic communications planning and execution required.
  • Must be able to maintain a high degree of confidentiality in all matters related to the Director’s office, the Institute’s communications program, the Board of Trustees, and all matters requiring sensitivity and discretion.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, with a Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience required.
  • Previous writing and editing experience for a print and/or digital medium or as part of a communications team required.
  • Prior experience supervising staff in a deadline sensitive environment preferred. 

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • {2}       Assistant Director (1), Editorial Assistant (1) 

Education, Experience and Knowledge 

The Institute for Advanced Study is an equal opportunity institution encouraging a diverse pool of applicants.  We believe in the inherent value of diversity and equal opportunity, recognizing that a truly diverse workforce will bring a wider array of perspectives, as well as more innovative and effective solutions, to the organization.   As a community dedicated to intellectual inquiry, we are resolutely committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package which includes subsidized health and dental insurance, an excellent retirement plan, and a generous paid time off program.

Location: Princeton, NJ
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