Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Director of Public Affairs, the Public Affairs Writer/Associate serves as an integral member of the Law School's Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs department, which promotes greater visibility and understanding of the school's unique strengths and leadership in legal education. This position will research, write and edit a variety of news and feature content that showcases faculty scholarship, major events, and newsworthy institutional initiatives. S/he will also draft executive communications, including remarks, speeches, and presentations. Demonstrating a deep understanding of legal affairs and public policy, the Public Affairs Writer/Associate will work with faculty as both scholars and public intellectuals to translate their complex ideas and research into language that is accessible to sophisticated lay audiences. This includes assisting professors with editing and placing opinion pieces and letters-to-the-editor. In addition, the Public Affairs Writer will work with the director to field media inquiries, pitch stories/experts, as well as participate in special communications and public affairs projects and assignments throughout the year. The position will cover some Law School events and talks by law professors and high-profile visitors, writing news stories for the web and social media on subjects from national security and human rights to the law and economics of global markets and climate change law. This position will work collaboratively with departmental colleagues and a broad range of senior administrators. Core Responsibilities: 1.Research, write and edit news- and feature-oriented content that showcases faculty scholarship, and identify opportunities to publicize works that relate to timely issues in the news. Assist professors with editing and placement of opinion pieces. 2.Draft and edit executive communications, including remarks, speeches, and presentations, as well as institutional announcements and reports. 3.Works with the Public Affairs director in proactive and reactive media relations and issues management, including pitching stories, fielding inquiries, arranging and facilitating interviews, and preparing professors for interviews. 4.Handle a variety of special communications and public affairs projects and assignments.
WRITING SAMPLES ARE REQUIRED.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and a minimum of four (4) years of experience in journalism, public relations, publishing, and/or higher education. Background in promoting insights and translating complex ideas into articles and content that can read by both a lay audience and members of the legal community. Strong knowledge of news and current events essential. Law degree or directly relevant credential or experience a plus. Candidate must be superb writer who can turn out clear and compelling copy on deadline. Must possess excellent judgment and an ability to manage issues that surround legal and policy debates. Must possess the maturity to interact effectively with members of the Law School's faculty, administrators, and the press.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications:
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.