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The Communications and Community Outreach Office (CCOO) is Lincoln Laboratory’s external interface with the public. The office is the primary point of contact for media interactions on technical programs, directs the Laboratory’s community outreach program, produces the Laboratory’s principal external communications (website, annual report, recruiting materials), develops awards program proposals, and manages special events.
As part of the Director’s Office, the CCOO works closely with the divisions, Technology Office, and Human Resources Department on all these efforts.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Communications and Community Outreach Office is seeking a web editor who will collaborate with the office’s editorial and design team to generate dynamic, insightful content for the Laboratory’s website and social media pages.
The web editor will play a critical role in creating Lincoln Laboratory’s external presence and in growing its online community of users. The job requires effective collaboration across the divisions and departments of the Laboratory in order to acquire material for continually refreshed content.
The web editor should be highly organized to manage an efficient workflow for a constantly evolving website. The editor will need substantial experience with tools for web design and publishing. The individual should also have familiarity with media outlets, both online and print. To develop impactful content from supplied material, the editor will need good writing skills, particularly in writing for the web, and the ability to summarize highly technical content for a nontechnical audience.
Develop a comprehensive strategy for increasing traffic to the MIT Lincoln Laboratory website. This work will include creating and implementing a plan for using social media to effectively connect the laboratory with its primary target audience, and should involve at a minimum weekly publishing of 6 to 10 tweets and postings about Lincoln Laboratory activities to social media outlets.
Track/Analyze the traffic on the website to determine if the website’s design and functionality are meeting benchmarks for increased user interactions; compose monthly reports on the web usage.
Generate outside media awareness of MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s technology developments and staff accomplishments.
Maintain the “currentness” of the website: Routinely refresh the website’s homepage with new features highlighted by photographs or video; regularly interface with stakeholders to acquire updated material (e.g., updated descriptions of research groups); and monitor the site to assure that it continues to function effectively (e.g., links, video, and animations work).
Investigate new capabilities that could be applied to the website to keep it technologically up to date; implement such new capabilities and conduct usability testing on them.
Use CMS to lay out web pages on the Lincoln Laboratory website; these pages will include news stories, research area descriptions, staff bios or profiles, displays of publications, and other general information about the Laboratory’s activities.
Working with a videographer and animator, build a collection of videos for display on the website to highlight Lincoln Laboratory’s technology developments, programs, and technical staff.
Incorporate into the website graphics and video to create an impactful presentation of technical and administrative information; this work will entail configuring print publications for effective display/usage on the website.
Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2+ years of experience with web design/ architecture, web-based publishing, and online media. Previous work with contacts in both print and online media is a plus.
Previous experience with UX and UI design.
Background in web development tools and social media platforms. Technical knowledge of software/hardware a plus. Solid experience working with a CMS and HTML.
Excellent communications skills and a proficiency in writing/copyediting.
Experience applying graphic design and multimedia to enhance web content.
Ability to work well in a team and with collaborators from varying levels of responsibility.
Ability to obtain and maintain a government security clearance requried.
Experience with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and After Effects; familiarity with Microsoft Office suite. Experience with visualization tools a plus.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.