MIT Lincoln Laboratory Associate Content Producer in Lexington, Massachusetts

Associate Content Producer

As a member of the Technical Communications team, the Associate Content Producer is responsible for providing writing support for internal Laboratory digital communications. The Associate Content Producer’s primary responsibility is to deliver high-quality content for the Laboratory Bulletin, the weekly internal newsletter produced for the Director’s Office with the purpose of promoting a sense of professional community and informing Laboratory personnel of recent news and events. In addition, the Associate Content Producer will assist with other writing projects that are presented to the sector in support of technical programs, special projects and IT department initiatives.

Under the direction of the lead Content Producer, the Associate Content Producer will assist with crafting features, columns, profile stories, and informational/instructional content that fulfill the Laboratory corporate voice and brand and meet communications standards of the highest level. As such, the role requires the ability and initiative to identify newsworthy events and programs, to chase leads, to gather comprehensive technical research, to interview high-level contributors with tact and efficiency, to check facts and ensure accuracy, and to fully develop publishable content to specified style and length requirements on wide-ranging topics, including leading-edge research and development programs, technical achievements and honors, and human resources initiatives. Secondary responsibilities include writing and editing support for special projects and IT communications initiatives.

The Associate Content Producer will demonstrate the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of the digital communications team within Technical Communications. Successful candidates will have advanced understanding of business and editorial communications writing as well as the ability to demonstrate flexibility in adapting to changing demands in a fast-paced production environment and the willingness to gather an ongoing understanding of Laboratory history, mission areas, and evolving initiatives.

Primary Duties:

Bulletin Content Development and Strategy

  • Produce original feature stories, employee and program profiles, and news briefs on top-level Laboratory R&D programs, technical innovations, community events, and employee initiatives

  • Chase supplied leads and identify story opportunities based on Laboratory events and research milestones

  • Interview contributors, research technology, and perform necessary fact checking to craft accurate, relevant and timely content

  • Solicit required photographic and illustrative images to accompany each article

  • Establish and maintain governance pertaining to supplied and/or requested content

  • Research and recommend other Laboratory communication channels to meet contributor communication goals and maintain original purpose/brand of publication

Production and Digital Communications

  • Manage efficient production guidelines, publication schedule, and content calendars

  • Schedule photo shoots as necessary

  • Flow developed content and images into InDesign templates, apply formatting styles, and edit to allotted column size/space limitations. Extract general notices from intranet and format as anaddendum to main news section

  • Generate output files for publication and archiving

Relationship Management

  • Frequently communicate with senior leadership and other major stakeholders on advanced technology articles and new story leads

  • Leverage network of key Laboratory contacts to develop original content

  • Provide support as the Bulletin POC for any customer service related issues

Quality Control and Strategy Development

  • Establish, modify, maintain, and apply all visual and textual document styles

  • Work with contributors, graphic designers, and photographers to supply and/or modify imagery to meet quality standards

  • Oversee timely and consistent delivery of the Bulletin publication to the Laboratory community

  • Research and recommend publication enhancements and new digital tools for future content publications

Corporate Science and Technology Writing

  • Develop new content for high-visibility communication projects such as video & animation scripting, museum style installations, and event or process related documentation.

  • Assist with sector website and IT Service Catalog content management and other ISD(IT), Director’s Office, and Technology Office strategic initiatives

Serve as backup to document editing team

  • Proofread and edit materials created by sector to Laboratory publication standards

Under General Direction of the Multimedia Services Team Lead, the Associate Content Producer receives guidance in terms of broad goals and overall objectives and is assigned responsibility for establishing the methods to attain them. Generally the editor is in charge of an area of work, and typically formulates policy for this area but does not necessarily have final authority for approving policy.

Frequent contact with:

Director’s Office, Technology Office, Communications Office, Human Resources, Information Services Department for content development and questions.

Technical and administrative Staff on Divisions 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 to support story development.

Knowledge and Skills:

Required:

B.A. or M.A. in English or Communications of equivalent education and experience

Advanced knowledge of English grammar and publishing conventions

Thorough, detail-oriented editorial and research skills

Expertise with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite products

Preferred:

Educational background in scientific/technical or DoD field is preferred.

Advanced writing experience with the ability to interpret complex technical and scientific information and to skillfully translate to engaging, accessible, well-branded articles

Experience:

1-2 years experience writing and/or editing for a technical or academic audience

1-2 years experience working with Web-based content development

1-2 years experience in an editorial;, news gathering, or corporate communications environment

Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance

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.