Columbia University in the City of New York

Internal Communications Specialist

The Zuckerman Institute is seeking a communications wiz to help inform, engage and inspire our scientific and administrative communities.


Columbia's Zuckerman Institute is home to a team of world-class neuroscientists, engineers, statisticians, psychologists and other scholars from across the University, who are pursuing the most urgent and exciting challenge of our time: understanding the mind and brain.

We are driven to make new discoveries, pioneer new techniques and develop new ideas that move science and humanity forward. We believe a deeper, more intricate knowledge of the brain will accelerate efforts to design effective treatments for brain-related disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as depression and autism.

The Zuckerman Institute is seeking a communications wiz to help inform, engage and inspire our scientific and administrative communities. Reporting directly to the Internal Communications Associate, the candidate will create and execute creative, strategic communications campaigns for both print and digital projects. The candidate will help to enhance the dynamic and thriving Institute culture through communications, programming and new technologies. We are looking for a natural problem solver who isn’t afraid of a challenge, as this is a lean team with a portfolio of diverse projects. Candidates with strong customer service skills and a positive attitude are encouraged to apply.



Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Work with the Internal Communications Associate to:

craft internal communications strategies that advance the Institute’s priorities;

develop an internal communications strategy that facilitates the flow of information among researchers and staff.

Create, curate and publish communications materials across multiple platforms.

Translate complex language and ideas into easy-to-understand text and visuals.

Manage and maintain the internal website, updating information on a consistent basis and ensuring the technology stays up-to-date.

Engage and liaise with administrative and scientific colleagues — including Programs, Operations, Human Resources, Finance and Scientific Platforms — to collect information and deliver effective communications to the broader Zuckerman community and the University.

Manage and maintain the appropriate communications tools, including mailing lists and digital signs, suggesting new tools as appropriate.

Manage multiple projects by tracking deadlines, deliverables and organize processes to ensure communications remain efficient and high quality.

Collaborate with the Internal Communications Associate to ensure/question if the information being disseminated can be communicated in a different, more efficient way. Present new ideas challenging the status quo while having a clear vision of bigger picture.

Perform additional special projects and other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, history or related field

At least 3-5 years of communications/writing or related experience



Preferred Qualifications

Design experience, especially with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.

Working knowledge of HTML and Drupal, and familiarity with content management systems.

Excellent customer service, organizational and time management skills.

Ability to think creatively, approach communications with a fresh perspective.

Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

Ability to handle changing priorities, deal with ambiguity, have sound judgment and a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization.

Excel as a writer, editor and listener.

Able to work with minimal supervision and weekend and off-hours on occasion, as needed.

Familiarity and experience with project management principles and practices.

Experience with online graphic tools such as Canva.

Comfortable presenting to peers and senior level stakeholders.


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