Digital Communications Specialist

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Position Overview

The Stanley Center for Peace and Security seeks a digital communications specialist to contribute to the organization’s vision, mission, and strategic goals by executing organizational and activity-specific social media, website, and mass email strategies; creating content across online channels; tracking metrics and creating metric reports; aggregating relevant online media and key influencer content; supporting search engine optimization (SEO) efforts; and working collaboratively with all staff and outside partners while communicating effectively in an open, professional manner.

The selected candidate will be innovative, curiosity driven, and impact oriented with:

  • A deep interest in global governance and policy, especially as it relates to our issue areas.
  • The ability to communicate complex, interdisciplinary policy-action strategies and impacts across a variety of channels and audiences.
  • An understanding of the value of and the need and means for creating a strong organizational brand.
  • A collaborative, team-player mindset.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree with coursework in international affairs, communications, political science, and/or related fields.
  • An abiding interest in diverse cultures and worldviews.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and collaboration skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to pay excellent attention to detail.
  • The ability and interest to learn quickly from colleagues across departments and disciplines.
  • Experience creating content for multiple communications channels under one brand.
  • Experience writing for academically minded, policy-focused audiences.

 

Full Position Description

The Communications Department oversees communication strategy, brand management, publications, and media relations at the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. The digital communications specialist is an essential member of that team and works across departments to contribute to and implement communications plans that are in keeping with our core values and in service of our vision, mission, and policy goals. The role of digital communications specialist is particularly focused on executing social media, website, and mass email strategies; content creation; tracking metrics, online media, and key influencer content; and supporting SEO efforts.

Primary Responsibilities

The digital communications specialist implements key aspects of organizational and activity-specific communications plans that support programming related to our three issue areas—climate change, nuclear policy, and mass violence and atrocity prevention. On occasion, the digital communications specialist may also be called upon to assist with the communications needs of our global education programming for the Iowa community.

The digital communications specialist:

  • Works with the director of communications and the creative director to plan, write, and produce top-flight digital content for the organization’s website, e-newsletters, publication promotions, and social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn) in keeping with the organization’s brand guide and mindful of target audiences.
  • Develops and maintains a comprehensive weekly and monthly online content calendar aimed at increasing brand awareness, generating relevant inbound audience traffic, and maximizing reach.
  • Takes full advantage of Google Alerts and other best-fit content-marketing search solutions to:
    • Monitor traditional and social media coverage of issues relevant to the organization’s desired real-world outcomes and policy-change goals and shares this content with appropriate staff in a timely manner.
    • Record all instances of the organization’s work republished or cited in traditional and social media outlets.
    • Create a comprehensive monthly report of all traditional and social media mentions, republications, website analytics, and social media metrics to help inform content-marketing strategy.
  • Implements and recommends adjustments to SEO strategy as necessary.
  • Creates modern, engaging video content for social media channels, YouTube, and website as directed.
  • Remains current on emerging trends in video production, new media, and online communications tools and platforms that could serve organizational and activity-specific communications plans.
  • Assists in the identification and migration of archival online content as directed.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will demonstrate an interest in and commitment to our three issue areas—mitigating climate change, avoiding the use of nuclear weapons, and preventing mass violence and atrocities. In addition, the ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree with coursework in international affairs, communications, political science, and/or related fields.
  • An abiding interest in diverse cultures and worldviews.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and collaboration skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to pay excellent attention to detail.
  • The ability and interest to learn quickly from colleagues across departments and disciplines.
  • Experience creating content for multiple communications channels under one brand.
  • Experience writing for academically minded, policy-focused audiences.
  • Familiarity with WordPress, Google Analytics, mass email platforms such as Campaign Monitor, and media-monitoring platforms such as Critical Mention, Meltwater, or Buzzsumo.

Additional desirable traits include:

  • Experience with photography and video capture for digital storytelling.
  • International study/travel/living experience.
  • Foreign language skills.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

About the Stanley Center for Peace and Security

The Stanley Center for Peace and Security partners with people, organizations, and the greater global community to drive policy progress in three issue areas—mitigating climate change, avoiding the use of nuclear weapons, and preventing mass violence and atrocities. The center was created in 1956 and maintains its independence while developing forums for diverse perspectives and ideas.

The Stanley Center offers a competitive salary and benefits package and provides for relocation expenses. Travel expenses for an on-site interview in Iowa are covered by the center for candidates who progress to that step.

Location

This position is located at the Stanley Center office in Muscatine, Iowa, a community of 23,000 people on the Mississippi River. The area offers affordable housing and a variety of recreational opportunities. Within commuting distance of Muscatine are Iowa City (population 70,000)—home of the University of Iowa and the nationally recognized University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics—and the Quad Cities area—comprising Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Moline and Rock Island, Illinois, with a combined population of about 350,000. While on-site work in Muscatine is mandatory, the Stanley Center offers flexible work hours and some remote workdays.

Application Directions

Please send a letter of interest, résumé, and references to:

Deb Hughes
Human Resources Generalist
Stanley Center for Peace and Security
209 Iowa Avenue
Muscatine, IA 52761
Phone: 563-264-1500
Email: [email protected]

Deadline for application: This position will remain open until filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other characteristic protected by law.

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