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Senior Director of Communications and Policy Strategy

  • Requisition no: 527274
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Morningside
  • School/Department: School of International and Public Affairs
  • Grade: Ungraded
  • Categories: Commun/PR/Editorial, Other, Marketing/Sales
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: commensurate with experience

Position Summary

The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs seeks a Senior Director of Communications and Policy Strategy to oversee the organization’s communications, events, and outreach efforts. Serving as a member of senior management, the position will be responsible for the development of the Center’s communications and brand strategy, promoting and advancing CGEP and the Climate School’s thought leadership activities through events and high-level convenings. The position will also manage public relations and policy strategy relative to the execution of the goals of the Center. The position will create successful content models supported by events and partnerships, drive media relationships, and expand its portfolio. The position will leverage linkages between other areas of ongoing work across the Columbia Climate School, and engage at a high level with senior leadership and a broad range of stakeholders including federal, state, and local lawmakers and staffers; state energy offices; and C-Suite executive education. Excellent verbal and written communications, as well as cultural awareness skills are required.


Reporting to the Executive Director, manage communications and events teams, and related communications products and services including newsletters, print publications, web, media and public relations, and marketing.

Manage the communications team to lead, develop, and implement strategic communications and events plans to advance the Center’s brand; broaden awareness of its programs and priorities; and increase visibility of programs across key stakeholder audiences.

To reach global policy makers, design, evaluate, and implement actionable policies geared toward the energy transition.

Cultivate and enhance meaningful media relationships.

Develop and manage the legislative affairs strategy for the Center, including the management of employees and third-party contractors focused at the federal, state, and local levels in order to amplify the impact of the Center’s work. This activity will also include direct participation as a member of the leadership team of related initiatives at the Climate School. 

Identify challenges and emerging opportunities, working with senior leadership to devise solutions.

Serve as chief communications strategist managing the team that will serve as communications advisors, spokespersons, and POCs on media interactions that help promote and enhance the impact of the Center.

Oversee the team managing day-to-day communications and events operations, including budget, planning, and staff development.

Support and monitor team members using a collaborative approach, establishing priorities, goals, objectives, streamlined processes, and quality control standards. Manage workflow for the team.

Design new approaches, including experimental design and execution.

Oversee the creation of materials, processes, and integrated systems for communications, social media and events deployment; leverage external partnerships and support.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 15+ years of relevant experience in communications, journalism, marketing, or relevant field with specialization in energy and/or climate policy.
  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing strategic communications and events, media relations, and marketing to advance an organization’s mission and goals.
  • Skilled at proactively building relationships with media, and in successfully positioning subject matter with the media to achieve high impact.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills, including editing and attention to detail. Demonstrated writing experience in print and online media.
  • Excellent management skills, including leading and mentoring. Ability to influence and engage supervisees, senior leadership, and staff across the organization.
  • Strategic thinker who is proactive, results-oriented, and a good problem solver.
  • Ability to translate information to general terms and help the general public understand impact, including influencing and communicating effectively at a high level.
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to solve complex problems with a high degree of initiative, flexibility, and collaboration.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
  • Relationships with top-tier reporters and editors.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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