Brown University — IBES Communications Coordinator

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About Brown:
Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world.

Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more.  To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

About the Opportunity:
At this dynamic cross-campus center, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES), students and faculty conduct groundbreaking research and build creative solutions to complex 21st-century problems in climate and sustainability. Work at IBES combines an understanding of the natural world and human dimensions because environmental stewardship, human rights, and economic well-being are inextricably linked.

Through our unique interdisciplinary approach, IBES cultivates actionable research outcomes, while equipping and empowering the change agents of tomorrow through our rigorous and diverse academic programs.

IBES faculty, staff, and students play key roles in the global conversation about environmental issues – on campus, at the State House, in boardrooms, and at the United Nations.

At Brown, and within IBES, we celebrate diversity in all its forms, and work together to create a collaborative, inclusive, and equitable work environment where everyone can achieve their professional goals.

The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) seeks a Communications Coordinator to lead its content creation of all internal and external communications, and to support IBES events.  The position reports directly to the Associate Director of Communications. This is a vital role for IBES in executing the communications strategy via the development of high-quality content and a specific focus on its social media platforms, newsletters, departmental website, and team of student writers and graphic designers.

This position will be responsible for the following:

  • Serve as primary writer and editor for social media posts, internal and external newsletters, announcements, and digital signage in the IBES building.
  • Manage IBES Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, MailChimp, Hootsuite, and ScreenCloud accounts.
  • Upkeep and maintenance of the department website.
  • Publicize IBES news, events, and activities through various channels to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop communications content in alignment with Brown’s policies and protocols relating to visual identity, image use, copyright, use of the Brown name and logo, web hosting, accessibility, and vendor hiring with the department managers.
  • Create digital and print materials for seminars, conferences, scientific programs, workshops, and other events throughout the year, aligned with Brown’s digital-first strategy for communications.
  • Interview faculty, guests, and students, and write articles for the departmental website as needed.
  • Ensure that the IBES adheres to Office of University Communications (OUC) policies, and attend applicable Brown Communicators Group meetings.
  • Create and manage faculty and staff job ad postings on external websites.
  • Coordinate with internal partners such as affiliated faculty and departments as needed for projects requiring collaboration and input.
  • Engage in professional development to remain up to date with industry best practices.
  • Develop special projects as required by the directorate.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, public affairs or a related field.
  • 1-3 years of related professional experience in planning for marketing, communications, development and outreach, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Experience with website and social media maintenance, writing, and posting.
  • Preferred background: familiarity with environmental topics.

Job Competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students.
  • Demonstrated strong written communication and presentation skills with special attention to detail/accuracy and audience.
  • Knowledge and command of evolving social media platforms.
  • Ability to sustain a high level of productivity and work independently while being part of a collaborative team.
  • Sound judgment, discretion and confidentiality in handling sensitive matters.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including strong command of AP editorial style.
  • Flexibility in adjusting to changing demands.
  • Proficiency with Google Drive, MS Office, Google.
  • Experience with Canva, MailChimp, and Hootsuite.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and Drupal.
  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.

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Additional Information:
This position is expected to work occasional night and weekend hours as dictated by ICERM’s event schedule.

Applicants are asked to include a resume and cover letter.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

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Job Posting Title:
IBES Communications Coordinator

Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Grade 8

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Full time

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Position Work Location:
Hybrid 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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