| Advertised Summary Job Description: The Knight First Amendment Institute works to preserve and expand the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. We aim to be a vibrant community, a generator of new ideas, a distinctive voice for these fundamental freedoms in public discourse, and their effective defender in the courts. Over time, we expect to tackle a wide range of issues including free speech on social media, net neutrality, government surveillance, intermediary liability, the rights of whistleblowers, the right of journalists to protect their sources, the right of citizens to record and broadcast police activity, encryption, machine speech, and government transparency. |
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Director is part of the Institute's management team and will be responsible for developing and implementing an overall communications plan for the Institute.
1.Oversee the Institute's website, social media channels, and email lists;
2.Write op-eds, blog posts, and other pieces explaining and highlighting the Institute's work for a general audience; edit the writing of outside contributors;
3.Direct the promotion of the Institute's events; draft and issue press releases; pitch stories; oversee the production of videos, podcasts, and other multimedia features;
4.Develop partnerships with advocacy and media organizations; manage the Institute's relationships with key journalists;
5.Manage communications contractors and supervise interns;
6.Cultivate and manage relationships with the Institute's partners inside and outside the Columbia University community.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. Minimum 5 years of related experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Broad experience developing and implementing communications strategies for advocacy organizations. Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Significant experience with developing social media and multimedia strategies.
1.Cover letter explaining your interest in the position, including a description of any relevant life or work experience
4.Two writing samples
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree in relevant field. Experience working with media or legal organizations. Significant knowledge of issues relating to the freedoms of speech and the press.
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.