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External Relations Specialist

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Cornell University is recognized internationally as a leader in public health, biomedical research, animal medicine, and veterinary medical education. Ranked among the top veterinary colleges in the nation by US News & World Report consistently since 2000, the college will continue to excel in providing education and advanced training that prepare veterinarians and scientists to serve society in critical roles in clinical and diagnostic veterinary medicine, public health, scientific inquiry, and public policy. The college strives to advance animal health through discovery-based research, the delivery of excellent clinical care, and continued vigilance against the spread of diseases. Additionally, clinical services provided in the Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA, Ithaca), the Cornell University Veterinary Specialists (CUVS, Stanford, CT), and Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists (CRES, Elmont, NY), as well as the Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC, Ithaca) are responsible for more than $40 million in annual revenue.

The External Relations Specialist will report directly to the Assistant Dean of Marketing & Communications and will be primarily responsible for strengthening and bringing greater visibility to the CVM brand by:

  • Social Media/New Media: Develop and lead social and new media strategies that elevate CVM before a global audience; and create social media content and campaigns that elevates storytelling. Review emerging platforms that could extend the impact of marketing efforts of the college. Partner with University Relations' Office of New Media for best practices and issues management
  • Digital Content: Assist in development of timely and accurate content for the CVM main website (, including writing articles and collaborating on multi-media projects
  • Media Relations: Lead media relations efforts with veterinary and related trade media; partner with University Relations' Media Relations team
  • All communications (see above): Ensure all communication demonstrates our commitment to and encourages behaviors consistent with a culture of inclusion and diversity
  • Brand architecture: Ensure clear, consistent alignment among university/college/unit identities
  • Metrics: Track and analyze metrics (web, social media and media) and make recommendations to improve the impact of CVM external communications and marketing efforts

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications or a related field with 3-5 years marketing and communications experience or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Expertise in social media outreach strategies and website management
  • Demonstrated ability to write and produce engaging content
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects while meeting concurrent deadlines.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong and collaborative working relationships with key constituencies

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong creative, graphic design and new media skills

**Must be located within commutable distance to Ithaca, NY.

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.

Background check may be required.

University Job Title:
Communication Spec III


Pay Rate Type:

Contract College

Contact Name:
Carolyn Chow

Number of Openings:

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