• Communications & Social Media Manager

    Location US-NY-Manhattan
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    Full-Time Regular
    SCE Schomburg Public Engagement & Strategic Initiatives
  • Overview

    The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research library of The New York Public Library, is one of the world's leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African and African diasporan experiences. A focal point of cultural and intellectual life, the Center also functions as a research facility and cultural arts institution providing public programs, exhibitions, fellowships and various initiatives that illuminate and illustrate the richness of black history and culture.  The communications department of the Schomburg Center is responsible for developing and implementing a robust marketing, branding and communications strategy with the primary goal of increasing the visibility of the Center and its work across a wide range of audiences using print, social media and digital platforms.  



    Promoting and advancing the work of the Schomburg relies upon effective communications to reach new audiences, educate our patrons and members, and strengthen the institution’s brand.  The Communications and Social Media Manager supports the NYPL's goals of public engagement, education and access to patrons and scholars accessing the Schomburg Center.  This is accomplished through partnering with the Schomburg staff as well as  the Library’s Communications and Marketing team.  This position will allow for the Schomburg to meet its current demands and future visions regarding communications and social media.  

    Principal Responsibilities

    Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Advancement and External Engagement:

    • Collaborates and manages the organization's communications planning and implementation, institutional branding, and production of various print and digital materials
    • Coordinates communication efforts across various departments and divisions of the Schomburg including but not limited to: public programs, collections, education, exhibitions and the executive office
    • Manages and develops effective print materials including institutional brochures, newsletters, posters and related assignments
    • Administers the Center’s multiple social media platforms including, but not limited to, website content, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and develop digital-based material such as the bi-weekly newsletter and blogs
    • Curates and administers the Center’s internal and external digital signage platform
    • Coordinates a series of communication-related consultants that includes graphic designers, copywriters, printers, technicians and other professionals
    • Develops and manages production schedules in coordination with the institution's work plans and capacity
    • Produces and presents quarterly analytical reports regarding the Schomburg's print and digital communications efforts
    • Performs related duties and executes other projects as required.
    • Management of communications budget related to production and publicity efforts
    • Serve as a key liaison with Schomburg staff to acquire information for communications
    • Development of a communications and social media work plan
    • Co-lead on digital signage project including working with design team and infrastructure engineers.  

    NYPL Core Values

    • Helpful
    • Resourceful
    • Curious

    Minimum Qualifications

    •   Bachelor’s degree with a major in Liberal Arts, Humanities, Journalism, Communications, or a related discipline.
    •   Strong writing, proofreading, copy-editing, oral communication and interpersonal skills.
    •   Experience using social media, online tools, and/or mobile technology to promote organizational goals and mission.
    •   Broad knowledge of current affairs, history, and literature of Africa and the African diaspora.
    •   Successfully demonstrated ability to manage complex and numerous projects concurrently.
    •   Strong interpersonal skills as well as the ability to build and foster relationships within the center, system-wide, and with external resources.
    •   Ability to be focused and detailed, meet deadlines and juggle multiple tasks, and work as part of a team, while maintaining the big picture.
    •   Ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate final products to appropriate multi-stakeholder audiences.
    •   Strong writing and editing skills, with an ability to expeditiously synthesize complex material into manageable messaging.
    •   Advanced computer skills, including MS Office, photo editing software and Adobe Indesign.

    Union / Non Union

    Non Union


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