Communications Manager

Public Books & Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
Morningside Heights, New York City
Commensurate with experience + benefits
Jul 13, 2018
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

Reporting to the Columbia University Editor in Chief of Public Books, an online magazine that provides a broad platform for scholarly ideas, and working closely with the Executive Director of the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities and its staff, the Communications Manager is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the ongoing execution of communications strategy and operational plans for Public Books, and for content development of various websites supported by the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities, including the project websites for Justice-in-Education and Public Humanities.

To apply, please submit a cover letter of no more than 500 words and a résumé via the Jobs at Columbia website, (search open positions using requisition number 093803).


  • Bachelor's degree required; PhD or MA preferred
  • 4-6 years of related experience required; prior experience in an academic environment and knowledge of university academic systems and procedures strongly preferred
  • Superior verbal and written communication and organizational skills required
  • Initiative, discretion, tact, and the ability to prioritize and work under pressure without supervision required
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively and tactfully with faculty, students, staff and visitors
  • Must have computer proficiency, including experience with relational database applications and website software (e.g., FilemakerPro, Drupal) Microsoft Word and Excel, web content management systems (especially WordPress), basic HTML, Microsoft Office, Google G Suite, Twitter, Facebook, Buffer
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, video and/or audio editing software, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and task/content management systems like Gather Content, Basecamp, Monday, and Asana preferred


Essential Functions:

Strategic Communications for the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities (SoF/Heyman) [50%] 

  • Manage the Justice-in-Education (JIE) Initiative website, including coordinating with instructors, Justice Scholars, and staff to maintain and expand the JIE website content 
  • In collaboration with the SoF/Heyman and the Center for Justice, create original content and manage existing content of the JIE website, including news and blog entries, videos, and podcasts 
  • Manage the SoF/Heyman Public Humanities website 
  • Provide guidance to the Communications & Web Coordinator of the SoF/Heyman in creating original content for the SoF/Heyman website 
  • Consult with the SoF/Heyman on the content and maintenance of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) Health and Medical Humanities Network website 
  • Perform outreach to cultural institutions, affiliates, and collaborators and to potential new contributors to inform content development 

Strategic Communications for Public Books [35%] 

  • Develop and implement a strategic communications plan to publicize Public Books content 
  • Engage aggregators and publicists and editors at trade and university presses 
  • Perform outreach to cultural institutions, affiliates, and collaborators and to potential new contributors 
  • Develop and execute new ideas for Public Books content and features to promote audience development 
  • Identify grant opportunities and lead grant writing process 
  • Manage collaborations with other publications and institutions 
  • Monitor web traffic and produce data-driven strategic memos with the aim of audience development 
  • Meet with commissioning editors weekly/monthly; organize twice-yearly meeting of commissioning editors 
  • Create, compose, and distribute the weekly newsletter 
  • Edit select essays for development and style 
  • Resolve queries regarding reprints and translations 
  • Act as primary liaison to editors-in-chief and commissioning editors and respond to questions from contributors 
  • Supervise staff charged with publicizing Public Books via contests and newsletter and via social media 

Office Management for Public Books [15%] 

  • Organize and lead weekly staff meeting: develop and distribute agenda, take and distribute notes, and handle follow-up on tasks and projects 
  • Monitor website functionality and communicate with the web developer about any changes needed to the website 
  • Work with the Human Resources team in Columbia University Arts and Sciences to oversee the recruitment and onboarding of senior, associate, and assistant editors; editorial assistant; publicist(s) 
  • Supervise interns, associate and assistant editors, and freelancers, including hiring, training, and assigning fact-checking and other tasks

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