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Data & Society Research Institute

Communications Production Manager

Post Date:Jul 21, 2017Type:Full time
Start Date:As soon as possibleSalary:Commensurate to experience
Location: United States - New York - New York Job Reference:
Job Description:

Data & Society Research Institute is seeking a Communications Production Manager (“CSPM”) to support the Director of Communications by 1) managing and refining the editorial process of research products for the communications team, and 2) implementing external relations projects that connect our research to press. The CPM reports to the Director of Communications. The position is based out of our New York City office.


About Data & Society Research Institute

Data & Society focuses on the social and cultural issues arising from data centric technological development. We seek to inform and develop frames for discussion of these complex issues both through our own research and through supporting the expansion of a nascent field of actors concerned about these topics.  We want to be a resource, a catalyst, and a convener as new sectors recognize the complexity of the issues and the need for trade­offs when they increase their reliance on data as a tool for management and decision-making.


We see the field as comprised of researchers, journalists, policymakers, technologists, industry leaders and workers, funders, advocates, and civil society actors. We are committed to helping this field engage substantively, and with an evidence base, in debates over implications arising from the increasing reliance on data at scale to automated decision-making across a range of sectors.


The work and well-being of Data & Society is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We welcome applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and persons with disabilities.

About the Communications Production Manager

This mid-career specialist role will pivot between driving internal research production and convening trainings to make this research more visible and public. The CPM will manage the entire lifecycle of our research publications, ensuring that project researchers and collaborators are informed and prepared to meet deadlines and deliver to standard. The CPM will also support the Director of Communications in running dynamic, substantive, and well-attended workshops that bring our latest research findings to interested members of the press.


The CPM understands how to motivate intellectuals and specialists to produce on time, and has deep professional links to individuals and prominent outlets in the national print, digital, and multimedia press. They are a power user of project management tools such as Asana, and have held one or more professional roles that involved shaping and managing publication workflows. They have provided editorial support in graduate-level academic settings, and have led professional convenings or workshops. The CPM understands the basic policy discourse around privacy, technology, and data retention–and the broad implications of large-scale data collection, retention, and analysis across a range of societal issues.



Responsibilities will include:


  • Conceptualize and organize workshops to share Data & Society’s insights from key research themes with journalists and other media professionals;
  • Provide substantive curatorial and editorial input into training materials, ensuring that content is analytically deep but accessible to multiple audiences;
  • On occasion, support the Director of Communications in procuring pitch guidelines and media training/coaching for lead researchers.




  • Guide researchers through the process of developing publications such as one-pagers, whitepapers, and reports;
  • Manage internal workflows with Asana, Google calendar, and email to keep team apprised of works-in-progress, deadlines, and launch plans;
  • Track internal drafts, maintaining editorial standards such as length and providing light copyediting to drafts and products where needed;
  • Ensure editorial and design contractors are lined up to support workflow;
  • Advise the Director of Communications on project launch timelines, and overall communications strategy;
  • Support the Director of Communications in managing the day-to-day work of a Communications Assistant and Design Lead, delegating product-related operations and web development tasks;
  • Ensure that the Data & Society mission and brand is clear, accessible, and intuitive in external output.



  • 5-7 years of experience in publication and people management, with increasing levels of responsibility;
  • Evidenced professional familiarity with the tech sector, writ large;
  • Experience coordinating complex digital or print publications for specialist audiences, especially in the technology sector or in academia;
  • Ability to work independently, spot opportunities, and move quickly to take advantage of them;
  • Excellent writer and editor. Experience managing academic workshops or press briefings a distinct plus.


Practical Considerations

  • This is not a remote position. You must work full time from the Data & Society New York City office.
  • Annual salary is commensurate on experience, and you will be offered a generous benefits package and paid time off.
  • You must be eligible to work in the United States. We are unable to sponsor visas.


To apply, please submit the following to by Friday, August 11th:


  1. A cover letter explaining your interest in this role, how you learned about this opportunity, your background in managing teams and projects in the past, and why you would be a good fit for this position.
  2. Your resume/CV
  3. Please include the name, affiliation, and contact information for two professional references.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please feel free to contact us at should you have any questions about the position. Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect negatively on your application.



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Contact Information
Data & Society Research Institute
Toyia Phillips
36 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States
Ph: 6468232040

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