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Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

Communications Specialist

  • Location

    Boston, MA
  • Posted On

    October 9, 2018
  • Job Type

  • Category

    Disability Studies
  • Experience Level

    2-5 Years
  • Education Level

    Bachelor's Degree
  • Salary


Job Description

Brandeis University seeks to hire a Communications Specialist for the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management who will oversee the institute’s communications, marketing, and branding activities to broaden and enhance its presence, in a consistent and differentiated way, in the field of disability policy. The Communications Specialist will be part of a larger communications network at both the Heller School and wider university that produces and disseminates materials to support Brandeis’ goal of becoming an extroverted institution that meaningfully engages with the world locally and globally.

Examples of Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, write, and/or edit Lurie Institute’s key external communications including policy briefs, press releases, letters, speeches, reports, etc. Create and implement corresponding strategic engagement plans, including pitching stories and Lurie staff to targeted external media.
  • Create and execute a system for dissemination of communications of all materials through the Lurie Institute database.  Develop and disseminate new marketing materials that highlight institute’s achievements.
  • Serve as the institute’s social media manager. Research, create, and post content to institute’s social media accounts to amplify Lurie and NRCPD activities and engage with the broader disability community. Collaborate with NRCPD Program Research Associate(s) to ensure amplification and engagement on this project.
  • Work with the Heller communications team to redesign the Lurie website and regularly develop content for the Lurie Institute website. Beyond producing Lurie-specific content, also serve as a strategic partner to the Heller communications team, the central Office of Communications, and colleagues from other institutional units on the planning, implementation and execution of university-wide marketing initiatives as part of a coordinated “One Brandeis” framework.
  • Review and edit final grant proposals to ensure strong, well-written, logical submissions.
  • Develop a plan of events designed to promote the Lurie Institute and issues related to disability policy to Heller, Brandeis, local, regional, and national communities. Provide oversight of and assistance to (when needed) Senior Department Coordinator in the execution of all institute events.


Requires a highly organized individual with superior written and oral communication skills, and an understanding of current social media theories of engagement. Needs to be able to balance immediate needs with long term implications and to believe strongly in the Lurie Institute mission to conduct research that promotes policies that will improve the lives of people with disabilities. Preference will be given to an individual with a lived experience of disability.

  • Previous working experience as communications specialist for 2-3 years
  • Experience and knowledge in copywriting, proofreading and editing
  • Excellent portfolio with proven track record of successful project management examples
  • Experience with Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, and Mailchimp preferred
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Outstanding organizational and time-management skills
  • Experience in web design and content production preferred

How to Apply

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Closing Statement:

Brandeis University is committed to providing its students, faculty and staff with an environment conducive to learning and working and where all people are treated with respect and dignity. Toward that end, it is essential that Brandeis be free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status or any other category protected by law (also known as membership in a “protected class”).

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