Communications and Research Coordinator

About us

The Knight First Amendment Institute works to preserve and expand the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. We aim to be a vibrant community, a generator of new ideas, a distinctive voice for these fundamental freedoms in public discourse, and an effective defender of these freedoms in the courts.  More information about the Institute’s work is available at

Communications and Research Coordinator

Reporting to the Communications and Research Directors, the Coordinator will carry out a broad range of communications and operational responsibilities, including managing the Institute’s website and social media platforms, maintaining communications databases, helping to plan and executing events both inside and outside the university, and coordinating and contributing to a range of research and communications projects and publications. The Communications and Research Coordinator must be creative, resourceful, proactive, able to work both independently and collaboratively, and enthusiastic about the mission of the Institute.  

Responsibilities include:

  1. Communications. Working with the Communications Director, the Coordinator will:
    • Edit and post content to the Institute’s website and social media platforms, manage online content, and maintain the Institute’s growing online document archive
    • Maintain e-lists and draft and coordinate regular Institute communications with supporters, contributors, and funders
    • Develop and maintain press databases, track press clips and media reach, prepare coverage and user reports, and identify opportunities and strategies to increase press and user engagement
    • Carry out additional communications-related research and communications projects
    • Liaise with vendors for website and other communications services
  2. Public programs. Working with the Research Director and the Communications Director, the Coordinator will:
    • Coordinate all aspects of Institute-sponsored public events at Columbia University and in outside venues, including event logistics, participant support, event promotion and publicity, and press relations
    • Oversee event recording and post-production and dissemination of event content
    • Liaise with event vendors and manage event vendors and volunteers
  • Research. Working with the Research Director, the Coordinator will:
    • Coordinate production and publication processes for research projects
    • Proofread Institute print and online publications
    • Track and oversee permissions requests
    • Monitor new publications from scholars, experts, and non-profits
    • Contribute research and content for Institute research projects

Minimum qualifications

  • BA or BS degree or equivalent. Minimum of one year of related experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, judgment and tact in dealing with confidential information
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and Outlook.
  • Flexibility and ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently while working proactively and cooperatively in a team-oriented, start-up environment.

Preferred qualifications

  • Facility with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Experience with Word Press, Mailchimp, and PhotoShop a plus.

Application process: 

Candidates must apply through Columbia University's TalentLink portal at

Required Materials:

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position, including a description of any relevant life or work experience
  2. Resume
  3. Two writing samples

Additional information may be requested during the application process.