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Reporting to the Associate Director for Communications, the Communications Specialist for MIT Open Learning will initiate and manage diverse, complex editorial, social media, event planning, and media relations projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research, write, edit, and develop articles and newsworthy projects and initiatives
  • Develop and refine social media strategy, including content planning and analytics for MIT Open Learning accounts
  • Manage strategy and outreach for Open Learning at conferences, symposia, and academic events, including securing speaker slots for Open Learning leadership and managing presence at key events
  • Monitor news media coverage and produce reports
  • Website content development and maintenance
  • Develop and execute strategies for events, especially those aimed at staff engagement
  • Provide writing support to the Vice President for Open Learning
  • Determine work methods, schedules, and priorities to achieve goals


Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum three years of experience in a communications position or other relevant role preferred, with at least two managing social media channels for a business/organization
  • Impeccable writing, editing, media relations, and event planning skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects on deadline
  • Excellent judgment and discretion with sensitive materials
  • A portfolio of published articles and/or online content that demonstrates proficiency in a variety of writing styles strongly desired
  • Experience working with reporters, building media lists, and success placing earned media articles
  • Detail orientation
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively in team settings
  • Experience working with senior-level officials/faculty, especially in cases that require tactfully “managing up” with busy executives to keep projects on deadline
  • Proficiency with Excel, project management systems (e.g., Trello), website content management systems (e.g., Drupal), and media intelligence software (e.g., Cision) preferred
  • Experience in higher education desirable

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability.