The Communications Coordinator for the Urban Planning and Historic Preservation Programs at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) is responsible for communicating key program information to current students and faculty, publicizing the two programs to potential students, initiating and managing career services activities, and enhancing the recognation of the programs' activities.
- Update websites of both programs on a weekly basis with texts and images solicited from faculty, students, and staff. Texts may be imported in their entirety or be written/re-designed by the coordinator. Develop materials for alumni and community outreach, including quarterly newsletters. Develop strategies to disseminate information about the programs via new media as appropriate. Send out information about major events in the programs to appropriate established news outlets and Columbia University publications, and follow up as needed. Coordinate with GSAPP's Events Office to organize and disseminate information on public events of interest to the Planning and Preservation communities.
- Develop strategies for publicizing the two programs to potential students, identifying undergraduate institutions and other populations likely to have promising applicants and in general work with the Assistant Director and Program Directors on the recruitment process.
- Work closely with the Assistant Director and student career assistants to facilitate and expand access to job opportunities for current students. Develop and maintain relationships with alumni as contact and information sources for students seeking positions in the fields. Work with students one-on-one in their efforts to pursue internship and job opportunities, advising students on resume building, and soliciting job and intern opportunity via a quarterly newsletter and other communications platforms.
- Perform other duties as assigned/requested.
Must have excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills. Must be responsible, enthusiastic, and able to work independently. A design sense and proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite and experience with new media such as blogs, Facebook, and Twitter required. A clear understanding of media and facility with public relations required.
Knowledge of the fields of Urban Planning and/or Historic Preservation greatly preferred.