Research Communications and Outreach Officer

Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 08, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Research Communications and Outreach Officer


The George Mason University, School of Business invites applications for the position of Research Communications and Outreach Officer. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


About the School of Business:

Dedicated to excellence in research and teaching, the School of Business educates future business leaders through world-class, innovative academic programs and strategic business partnerships. Ranked among the top 100 undergraduate business school programs and top 50 part-time MBA programs by the U.S. News and World Report, the School of Business is accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Faculty are deeply engaged in the regional, national, and international business communities; and their academic expertise combined with real-world experience provides a bridge in the classroom from academic theory to business practice. The school is evolving to become more interdisciplinary, more connected, and more diverse.


The School of Business is pursuing three strategic directions through research, teaching, and partnerships:

  • Digital Transformation of Work;
  • Ensuring Global Futures by addressing the challenges of ensuring a livable and resilient society;
  • and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. To support these strategic initiatives, the School of Business is playing a significant role in three new university initiatives: the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA); the Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE); and the School of Computing.


About the Position:

The Research Communications and Outreach Officer will work with School of Business faculty to publicize their high-impact research and showcase this research on a variety of platforms to maximize impact.



  • Work with School of Business faculty to publicize and increase the impact of their research output, including co-writing and occasionally authoring practice-oriented articles and related materials;
  • Curate a featured website making these materials widely available, and of a style, content, and currency that aspires to compete with top business schools globally;
  • Support increasing numbers of faculty to bring their research and related ideas into practice-oriented form and maximize their circulation and impact;
  • Work with others in the School and University to develop thought leadership related webinars, podcasts, virtual and physical events, and other means of outreach and impact for Mason’s work;
  • Occasionally work with the Dean on thought leadership pieces;
  • Contribute articles to Impact magazine and other School publications;
  • Form close connection with University VP for Communications and work to maximize Mason’s broader impact as well as that of the School of Business;
  • Consult with both University and School Marcomms teams on Website and related issues, working to raise our game, our presence, and our reputation.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree plus a minimum of three years of professional experience in writing, editing, public relations and promotion or a Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience; or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience;
  • Experience in management- and/or science-related writing, editing, publication layout, or production;
  • Experience in writing in a variety of different styles for various channels and audiences;
  • Experience in content creation suitable for multiple channels including web, major media, e-newsletter, social media, and other channels and communications vehicles;
  • Experience writing for multiple audiences including the public, alumni, corporate, donors, students, news media and the academic community;
  • Ability to work with a broad cross section of researchers to make their work accessible to broader audiences;
  • Experience contributing to the production of high-profile projects, publications;
  • Experience handling multiple tasks and changing priorities in a deadline-sensitive environment.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in higher education;
  • Experience formatting and posting web content using a content management system;
  • Experience as an editor or project manager;
  • Experience editing using AP Style.


Special Instructions to Applicants      

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA40Ez at by April 15, 2021; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. We will contact you directly if we require additional materials. Review of applications will begin on April 16, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.


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