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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Communications Assistant 1 in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Communications Assistant 1

  • Job Number: 20012

  • Functional Area: Communications

  • Department: Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences

  • School Area: Science

  • Employment Type: Full-Time

  • Employment Category: Non-Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

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    Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

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COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT 1, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to assist the communications officer across the full range of departmental communications--internal and external--to promote EAPS research and academic programs. Tasks include providing content management support for multiple websites, events calendars, and email campaigns; writing news and feature articles and keeping up-to-date on current research and events in order to contribute to an editorial calendar; copyediting and proofing; developing and scheduling content for social media channels; interfacing with Institute communicators to help coordinate coverage; assisting as a point of contact for media requests; photographing and recording events; executing content for internal informational video displays; monitoring and updating online and physical directories; and digital asset management, including collecting, editing, and converting files for upload to content to platforms like YouTube, as well as cataloging and archiving assets in an internal library.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: high school diploma or its equivalent; at least three years’ experience in a communications or journalistic role for a science, technology, or business publication and/or in higher education; strong reporting, writing, and copyediting skills and knowledge of AP style; experience coordinating social media channels; familiarity with content management systems (e.g., Drupal, Wordpress, MailChimp) and database management; working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite; ability to work independently and collaboratively across a diverse interdisciplinary group; excellent interpersonal and project management skills; willingness to learn new skills as needed; ability to prioritize to meet deadlines; and keen attention to detail. PREFERRED: bachelor’s degree in communications or related field; background in the physical sciences; and experience with the fundamentals of design, photography, and/or podcasting and video production. Job #20012-5 reposted 10/5/21