The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia SIPA is seeking a Communications Assistant to help generate visibility and heighten awareness of the Center and release weekly episodes of the Columbia Energy Exchange, the Center’s podcast. The Communications Assistant will support activities including but not limited to: background research and briefing memos, operational support, high-level analysis and summarization of energy, economic, geopolitical and environmental reports and news. Proven experience with  professionally managing multiple social media channels [Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc] for organizations or companies is highly preferred. Familiarity with the energy-related topics covered by the Center is preferred but not required.


  • Manage CGEP social media channels and mass marketing
  • Conduct background research and prep podcast hosts on energy issues that shape individual podcast episodes.
  • Draft background notes on above research topics including but not limited to: energy markets and policy, oil & gas, renewable energy, geopolitics, sanctions, climate change, environmental policy, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with CGEP staff and Scholars to prep podcast hosts. This includes the identification of key topics and questions for each podcast episode and relevant context.
  • Create timely profiles of podcast guests.
  • Support logistical and production activities including but not limited to: podcast transcriptions and written summaries of podcast episodes, lists of past guests and potential guests, breakdown of topics and guests along key demographics.



  • Highly motivated, engaged, and responsive to work-related requests.
  • Willing to contribute where needed across a range of responsibilities.
  • Managing / running social media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and developing compelling and interactive campaigns.
  • Using email newsletter platforms (e.g., Mailchimp).
  • Promoting content generated through multiple mediums [print, audio, video, etc].
  • Editing/updating website content and media (e.g., photos, video) through a basic content management system platform (e.g., Drupal)



  • Relevant classroom or professional experience in energy policy, political science, economics, and/or international affairs.
  • Experience and facility with energy policy and data from major sources (e.g., International Energy Agency, Energy Information Administration, JODI databases, as well as bank reports, Bloomberg, Reuters Eikon, etc.)
  • Excellent communication, organization and interpersonal skills, including strong attention to detail and ability to work efficiently and effectively with a team in a very fast-paced environment; Journalism background a plus


Hourly rate: $13.50/ hour

Time commitment: 20-35 hrs / week

Application Deadline: May 30, 2018 or as soon as the position(s) are filled

Interested applicants please send a resume and cover letter to: 

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer; applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.


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