Communications Coordinator

Position Overview:
The Lemelson-MIT Program (LMIT) celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention, offering both awards and outreach programs. The Communications Coordinator works collaboratively with the Communications Manager to build brand awareness and stimulate interest, engagement and support for all LMIT program initiatives by executing communications and marketing activities, and writing materials in support of the program.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):
General Communications and Marketing (40%)

  • Work closely with communications manager and program staff to write and keep updated electronic and print versions of marketing and communication materials in support of LMIT’s mission and diverse activities, including e-newsletters, articles, case studies, advertisements, brochures, tradeshow displays and slide decks.
  • Work with program staff and communications manager to coordinate, implement and promote marketing and advertising efforts.
  • Work with graphic design and communications contractors as needed to create electronic and print materials.
  • Responsible for posting all MIT-related announcements, upcoming events, news, and recruiting advertisements across campus.
  • Participate on weekly calls with external public relations firm and support the communications around the release of press announcements. Assist with photoshoots, maintain photos and videos on the LMIT website, and manage photo and video library.

Online and Social Media (40%)

  • Develop and manage LMIT social media sites for targeted audiences (students/inventors, educators, the public at-large) including creating content, posting updates, and measuring statistics on all social media activity.
  • Manage creation and distribution of mass email communications, including uploading contact lists to Mailchimp, drafting email templates, and measuring and reporting results.
  • Manage brand consistency of LMIT’s online presence, make content updates as needed, and coordinate with an external web maintenance contractor. 
  • Create and maintain social media editiorial calendar, schedule promotional messages in advance with Hootsuite to coincide with the press release dates. Measure and report on campaign results.
  • Record and stream Lemelson-MIT events in real time through Facebook and Instagram.
  • Be a team expert on best practices for all social platforms and engage with influencers and followers on all LMIT social platforms

General Program (20%)

  • Field incoming emails and calls in support of the LMIT program and determine viability with the Communications manager and appropriate program staff.
  • Provide assistance and support for all photo and video permissions requests.
  • Provide proofing and editing assistance for research papers and other documents upon request.
  •  Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • BA or BS required with three years communications and/or copywriting, or public relations experience.
  • Knowledge of, and experience and adeptness with, social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, SoundCloud, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
  • Demonstrated writing and editing ability.
  • Experience creating web content and managing web sites required; knowledge of html a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Must be able to focus simultaneously on competing priorities. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; must be able to work with a variety of internal customers to accurately interpret their communications needs for electronic and print resources.
  • Experience contracting/working with vendors.
  • Experience with Mac and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) design software a plus.
  • Video editing or experience with video content development a plus.
  • May be required to work outside of normal business hours.

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