Communication Specialist

Brown University

Job Description:

Lead promotional efforts for Annals of Family Medicine, with the goal of maximizing engagement with works published in the journal, supporting new initiatives or goals of the journal, and articulating the value of the journal’s works in research, clinical, and patient communities. Interpret, translate, and disseminate written summaries of published original research for tip sheets, press releases, and plain language summaries, for a variety of purposes and audiences. Design and produce visual abstracts for publication in the journal and for social media. This may include other art and design work, as well as new and emerging digital formats, for a variety of purposes and audiences.

Keep abreast of scientific communications trends and emerging disciplinary practices. Research and recommend adoption/change of scholarly communication initiatives for the journal, when advantageous, with supporting evidence. Support the editorial manager in utilizing and interpreting bibliometrics and web metrics, including Twitter analytics, Altmetric, and Google, for use in reports and presentations to governing board semi-annually and in preparation for other activities.

This is a fixed term position for one year, which may be extended based upon available funding.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s Degree in Organizational Communications and Public Relations, Science/Health Communications, or the equivalent preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience in communicating medical research to a variety of audiences.
  • Equivalent combination of skills and experience

Job Competencies

  • Must be skilled in communicating medical research to a variety of audiences.
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Must be adept at media relations and media amplification efforts, including the composition of news releases and social media messaging.
  • Must possess the ability to navigate general web and social media metrics tools; must demonstrate ability to develop content tailored to a wide range of digital platforms.
  • Demonstrated understanding of scholarly journal publishing goals and processes.
  • Experience working with media dissemination companies and platforms such as Cision/PRNewswire.
  • Must possess a collaborative spirit while also working independently.
  • Must possess a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community.

Criminal Background and Education Check Required

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Job Posting Title:
Communication Specialist

Department of Family Medicine

Grade 9

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Worker Sub-Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type:
Full time

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Position Work Location:
Remote Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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