CIC seeks to complement its communications team for one-year starting in July 2016 with the 12-month appointment of a Communications and Social Media Fellow. The Fellow will participate in all aspects of communications and public relations at a nonprofit organization and take a lead role in two major initiatives: a) CIC’s Securing the Future of Independent Higher Education
initiative, which focuses on publicizing the essential qualities of independent liberal arts colleges and at the same time assisting the leaders of these institutions in strengthening their business models. And b) the College Media Conference, an annual meeting of public relations and communications officers in all sectors of higher education.
Activities related to the Securing the Future initiative include:
- Developing new content for existing social media channels (including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube) and broadening the reach of those initiative communications channels;
- Collaborating on the creation of infographics for the social media channels;
- Maintaining public and membership facing websites;
- Preparing materials for high school guidance counselors; and
- Assisting with media relations activities connected to initiative workshops.
Activities related to the College Media Conference include:
- Collaborating with key CIC staff to plan and organize the conference;
- Preparing and disseminating marketing materials;
- Preparing conference materials and assisting with logistics; and
- Live-tweeting the conference.
Upon completion of the experience, the fellow will have developed a broader portfolio in association communications and advocacy as well as project management and will be better prepared to pursue a career in strategic communications. He or she will have concrete evidence of expertise in print and digital communications, marketing, public relations, media relations, and conference planning.
The position reports to the Vice President for Communications and works closely with CIC conferences, research, and program management staff as well as the president. Some travel to and on-site support at conference locations within the U.S. is expected.
A bachelor’s degree (preferably from a CIC member institution) and substantial social media management and communications work experience (ideally at a higher education association) are required. Desired qualifications also include:
- Excellent communications skills, especially in writing and editing of social media content;
- Ability to translate ideas into concrete project plans and action items;
- Positive attitude and dedicated sense of urgency in serving CIC member interests;
- Strong project management skills;
- Ability to work well individually and collaboratively;
- Eagerness to promote the value of liberal arts education and independent liberal arts colleges; and
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment