Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Aug 3, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Communications, Public Relations & Advertising
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Employment Type
Full Time

Communications & Special Projects Manager

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs is at the forefront of emerging policy change and seeks to influence that change. We drive interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving on issues of pressing concern to society at local, state, national, and international levels - from transportation, housing, energy and community development to social and environmental justice, resilience and sustainability. Our external brand presence and our ability to share our accomplishments in research, education, and engagement with communities in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as the general public, are necessary to attaining our goals.

Reporting to the Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs with a dotted-line relationship to the Director of Marketing and Communications in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH), the Communications and Special Projects Manager will be responsible for coordinating and implementing key marketing and communications initiatives to advance the strategic and operational goals of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. The position also directly supports the CSSH Director of Marketing and Communications' efforts to develop and implement a comprehensive strategic communications and marketing plan to strengthen the visibility, stature, and reputation of the college and its mission in the Experiential Liberal Arts and actively position it with its key constituents and critical audiences.

Under the guidance of the Director of SPPUA and the CSSH Director of Marketing and Communications, the Manager will also be responsible for supporting the development of and implementing the School's comprehensive marketing and communications plan. The Manager works closely with the Director of SPPUA on new strategic initiatives and plans, coordinates with other leaders, and executes new and continuing projects while keeping the Director apprised.

The Manager is highly organized and is able to work independently as well as coordinate staff, faculty, and external constituents, to bring new initiatives to fruition with a high level of professionalism. The Manager handles all external communications for the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and directs a portfolio of activities, including but not limited to: generates, processes, and edits online content for the School and affiliated websites; conceptualizes all printed and video materials; and provides general oversight of the public image of the School and all entities. The position will also continue to develop and utilize social media to promote all programs, initiatives, research and faculty work within the school. The Manager takes part in developing all plans for outreach, supervises outgoing communications, and works closely with technical, administrative, and Open Classroom support staff to maintain the Policy School brand and vision.

Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree a plus, with a minimum of four years of marketing, communication, and/or project management experience. The ideal candidate must be able to handle complexity in a fast-paced environment. They must possess excellent writing, organizational and interpersonal skills; strong initiative; ability to think creatively, and work under tight deadlines. Experience working with lead generation strategies helpful. Proven ability to work independently, excellent communication and presentation skills, multimedia knowledge and supervisory abilities required. Experience in public policy, politics, or social justice work a plus.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in a higher education setting strongly preferred.

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Additional Information:
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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