Communications Manager

The Williams Institute seeks a Communications Manager to lead media strategy and digital communications. The Communications Manager will be a highly motivated self-starter, with significant expertise in media outreach and a strong skill base in digital communications. The Communications Manager will design and execute media strategy, generate text and multimedia communications materials, and manage the Institute’s website, e-newsletter, and social media presence.

The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law is the nation’s leading research center on sexual orientation and gender identity law and policy. The Institute already has a strong presence in print media and a growing online presence. The Communications Manager will work to: enhance the Institute’s overall media strategy, strengthen digital presence, and increase visibility of research and events.

Job Duties

  • Design and execute media strategies that promote Williams Institute research and educational events to researchers, policymakers, community leaders and other targeted audiences. Work with Institute scholars and leadership to coordinate release of Institute work, including timing, messaging, digital dissemination, etc.
  • Translate research reports and journal articles into short and easily digestible pieces, including press releases, op-eds, blogs, research briefs, fact sheets, articles, etc. Create and integrate infographics and other visuals into reports and communications materials.
  • Monitor media coverage of LGBT issues and Institute-related research. Collaborate with Institute scholars to identify opportunities to infuse Institute research into media coverage of court cases, legislation, and administrative policies that impact LGBT people.
  • Build relationships with mainstream, issue-based, and LGBT editors, producers, bloggers and correspondents; maintain and generate media lists, arrange and staff media interviews and appearances; pitch story ideas; and otherwise seek opportunities to engage media in Institute research and programs.
  • Act as the first point of contact between media and the Institute; refer and assist with media inquiries, including by identifying and sending relevant reports and research in response to requests for information.
  • Manage Williams Institute e-newsletter and presence on social media. Generate text, graphic, and video content and help grow the Institute’s contact list and social media following. Interact with constituents who reach out to the Institute through email or social media.
  • Refresh and maintain content elements of Williams Institute website by keeping site current, clean, and engaging. Support design and development of data visualization sites presenting Institute research.
  • Develop and maintain consistency in Williams Institute brand design, appearance, and tone across reports, presentations, website, social media, and other print and online materials; including by helping to design templates for research reports, fact sheets, infographics, and other materials.
  • Assist with copyediting of Williams Institute reports and other written materials, including reviewing materials for correct formatting, spelling, and grammar.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience and Qualifications  

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant work experience in public relations or media and communications required.
  • Bachelor’s required; Master’s degree in Journalism, Communications, or English preferred.
  • Familiarity with social and legal issues impacting the LGBT community.
  • Advanced knowledge of the operation of print, broadcast, and online news media.
  • Strong digital communications and online content development background, including knowledge of trends, practices, and strategies in online and social media.
  • Superb reading comprehension and writing skills, including ability to translate research for broad audiences.
  • Superb editing and proofreading skills, including ability to identify and correct errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Careful and detail-oriented, with the ability and willingness to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Advanced ability to initiate activities independently and organize, prioritize and complete work in a timely manner despite deadlines and competing requests. Strong time management skills.
  • Familiarity with various social media platforms and Microsoft Office software programs required. Familiarity with graphic design (infographics; data visualizations) and video editing; experience with WordPress preferred.

Application Procedure

To apply please visit UCLA Career Opportunities: Williams Institute Communications Manager

Early applications are encouraged. The final deadline for applications is May 31, 2017.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy