The Director will be responsible for conducting interdisciplinary research focused on the rapidly changing landscape of media, technology, and information, and examining its impact on communication. They will identify and tackle critical questions about how people learn, how information processing has changed in the digital age, and the influence of traditional news, social platforms, and community.
In this role, the Director of Communications Theory will present regularly to the firm’s leadership, lead discussion groups and workshops with staff as part of a larger education program, and develop thought leadership materials (whitepapers, reports, etc.). Reporting to the Senior Vice President/Director of Product & Marketing, they will also work closely with the brand strategy and business development teams to inform strategies for our business and client services.
This position is a unique opportunity for the right person looking to transition from an academic, journalism or not-for-profit setting into a corporate role. This is a new role; the Director will work with Rubenstein leadership to develop and shape the research program.
Rubenstein’s clientele includes: global corporations, media and entertainment companies, financial services organizations, educational and cultural institutions, law firms, health care providers, not-for-profit organizations, real estate concerns, business executives and public figures.
- Collaborate with the SVP/Director of Product & Marketing and other leadership to develop and execute research projects to educate account staff, inform strategic counsel for clients, and help adapt services for the future;
- Oversee and carry out research projects on a day-to-day basis, drawing from disciplines including journalism, technology, psychology, sociology, and cognitive function;
- Conduct high level, big concept research focused on news, media and information (e.g., how people access, consume and engage with information, the role and influence of news organizations, technology, and communities in the evolving media ecosystem, etc.);
- Present research and findings regularly to the firm’s leadership and staff as part of a larger education program;
- Develop thought leadership materials (whitepapers, reports, etc.)
- Advise teams and inform strategies for business development and client service;
- Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
- Strong background in academic and/or professional research and publication (including research design), theory, methods evaluation, analysis and writing;
- Subject matter expertise in communications, journalism and/or media;
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks with keen eye for detail, sense of urgency and flexibility under tight and shifting time pressures;
- Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills;
- Comfortable presenting to diverse audiences, both small and large groups;
- Ability to synthesize information in a clear, concise manner;
- Personal initiative; creative, curious, and energetic personality.
EDUCATION & WORK EXPERIENCE
- Advanced degree in a relevant field
- Prior work experience at a research institute or think tank
- Academic experience focused on communications/media theory
- Prior publication in academic or other journals or outlets
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the incumbent in this position. This job description is subject to change as the needs and requirements of the job change. Salary commensurate with experience. We offer a competitive benefits package. All job offers are contingent on successful completion of a reference check. Rubenstein is an equal opportunities employer and values diversity. EOE/AA/M/F/V/D/SO.