Communications & Digital Media Coordinator

The Carnegie Institution for Science, Broad Branch Road (BBR) campus in Washington DC, is seeking a Communications and Digital Media Coordinator to play a critical role in utilizing online tools and platforms to effectively communicate the broad breadth of science performed on campus.

The ideal candidate must have strong communications strategy and messaging skills, as well as an eye for design and an eagerness to take on new tasks. The position requires writing, designing, and managing content for the campus website, the monthly e-newsletter, and our various social media accounts. Experience in science writing is a plus, but not required. 

The Communications and Digital Media Coordinator will be working alongside our world-renowned scientists—as well as in coordination with our institutional headquarters staff—to translate these investigators’ efforts and experiences to the web and social media using a variety of digital communication tools. The goal of the position is to make the scientists’ work accessible to various audiences, both academic and general, in the most creative way possible and to do so within the institutional guidelines for communications, branding, and marketing.

The successful candidate will take ownership of this work and excel in an evolving digital landscape to ensure that the Carnegie research campus stays at the forefront of online science communication, while following overall institutional policies for communications, branding, marketing, and outreach. The candidate should be a self-starter, capable of coming up with campus-focused feature story ideas and interviews. The ideal candidate also will be able to paint an inclusive picture of what makes the Earth and space science work done on Carnegie’s BBR campus special, including departmental history and vision, campus life, and alumni engagement. This individual will work closely with the administrative headquarters’ communications and outreach teams to help market their digital content to targeted audiences.

About Carnegie’s Washington Campus

The Carnegie Institution for Science is a non-profit, scientific research organization with two research departments, the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism and the Geophysical Laboratory, located off Broad Branch Road in Northwest, Washington, DC. Scientists on the Washington campus bring the perspective of several disciplines in the Earth, planetary, and astronomical sciences. Today, the historic goal remains to understand not only the physical Earth, but our Solar System and beyond.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design, write, and produce monthly e-newsletter via MailChimp

  • Run the campus’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube social media accounts 

  • Maintain and update content on the campus’ website

  • Work with our scientists to write and solicit content for the campus website

  • Work with the institutional web team and communications staff to design and maintain websites and collateral for research projects, proposals, events. etc.

  • Track and report engagement metrics for campus digital communications

  • Provide social media coverage of on-campus events and occasionally of off-site conferences

  • Learn and implement new digital tools


  • A degree in communications, journalism, media relations, or equivalent experience required

  • Compelling storyteller with strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, MailChimp, G Suite, and CMS platforms such as Drupal, WordPress, and Squarespace

  • Strong copyediting skills

  • Ability to work well under pressure, as well as manage multiple priorities and projects effectively

  • Excellent attention to detail and upholding visual and verbal identity

  • Good research and analytical skills

  • Familiarity with email campaigns and newsletters

  • Experience as a team-player, and also highly driven and capable of working alone

  • Commitment to stay at the forefront of online communication advancements

  • Experience encouraged, but not required: HTML, CSS, UX/UE design skills, and science writing

How to Apply
A C.V. or resume and cover letter containing the names of three people who can be contacted for letters of recommendation should be submitted online only through the Carnegie website. Click on the “Apply Now” link by August 15, 2019. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.