Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Communications Specialist for Open Learning

MIT Open Learning seeks a Communications Specialist to initiate and manage diverse, complex editorial, social media, event planning, and media relations projects.


  • Research, write, edit, and develop articles and blog posts on newsworthy projects/initiatives/learners.
  • Manage content flow to MIT News, Medium publication, and social media channels.
  • Serve as primary content creator and account manager for multiple Open Learning social media accounts.
  • Collaborate with the associate director to develop and refine strategy, including content planning and analytics.
  • Help develop press lists and media pitches and coordinating with journalists in consultation with the associate director.
  • Website content development and maintenance.
  • Monitor news media coverage and produce reports.
  • Develop and execute strategies for events.
  • Manage strategy and outreach for conferences, symposia, and academic events, including securing speaker slots for OpenLearning leadership and managing presence at key events.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least three years of experience in a communications position, including at least two managing social media channels for a business/organization.
  • Excellent organizational, time-management, writing, and editing skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize, juggle multiple projects on deadline, and work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively in team settings.
  • Excellent judgment and discretion with sensitive materials.
  • Experience working with reports and building media lists and success placing earned media articles.
  • Experience working with senior-level officials and faculty.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with project management systems (e.g., Trello), website content management systems (e.g., Drupal), media intelligence software (e.g., Cision), and office tools (e.g., Excel, Microsoft Office, Adobe, and Google Suite).
  • Experience in higher education.
  • Portfolio of published articles and/or online content that demonstrates proficiency in a variety of writing styles.

Interested candidates may apply on-line at  Please reference job number 19501.

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