Director, Science and Technology Communications

New York, New York

Date Posted March 31, 2021
Industry Academia
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Not Specified
Salary Not Specified


Director, Science and Technology Communications

Reporting to the Executive Director of Public Affairs in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, the Director of Science and Technology Communications promotes Columbia University’s academic initiatives, research breakthroughs, intellectual expertise, breaking news, and special events related to science and technology to internal audiences, outside influencers, and the news media based on strategic communications priorities at the university level. This includes working with the Office of Research Initiatives, the Office of Development, and communications officers across the university to conceive of long-term communications strategies to expand public awareness of the university’s major initiatives in such areas as climate science, neuroscience, precision medicine, data science, and the research of faculty in the basic, natural, and applied sciences.

To accomplish this, the director will draft and produce content and promote stories to internal and external audiences, including the news media and influencers, that advance this communications agenda. This content will be disseminated via EurekAlert and on Columbia’s news page, e-newsletters, and social media. The director will also help the Executive Director of Public Affairs, the Office of Research Initiatives, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science supervise a Science Communications Manager working on the Columbia Quantum Initiative.





Bachelor’s degree required and at least eight to ten years of journalism and/or progressive public relations experience. A knowledge of science is a must, as are strong verbal, writing, and editing skills and basic PC computer skills (Word, email, internet, social media, etc.).

Successful Directors of Science and Technology Communications are fast writers with careful attention to detail. To thrive, the individual possesses the ability to accurately translate specialized, technical, and academic jargon into lay language for general audiences. Other helpful attributes include an organized work ethic, a sense of calm under pressure, a belief in team spirit, a respect for deadlines, and an ability to multitask. Successful directors have excellent phone, interpersonal, and social media skills.

Specific knowledge and experience working with the news media is highly preferred. An advanced degree and foreign language abilities are welcomed. Experience with video and media-related services and software—EurekAlert, Meltwater, SalesForce, Muck Rack, Excel, Photoshop—is a plus.


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