The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is seeking a full-time, in-residence, experienced science communications professional to lead communications activities. The primary focus of the Science Communications Coordinator is to enhance awareness and understanding of SESYNC research and opportunities within the community of socio-environmental scientists, scientific knowledge users, and policy makers. The Science Communications Coordinator will have lead responsibility for developing and coordinating communications across SESYNC’s research network and with the educated public. S/he will:
- Collaborate in development and implementation of a high-impact SESYNC communications strategy;
- Develop and maintain close familiarity with SESYNC-supported research projects and key stakeholders;
- Serve as point of contact between SESYNC-supported researchers and the media;
- Coordinate communications efforts and foster collaboration with and among research teams, their home institutions, and with the broader research and education community;
- Promote the mission and research accomplishments of the SESYNC network;
- Cultivate and coordinate media outreach and placement of SESYNC results and opportunities;
- Collaborate with SESYNC staff and postdocs to develop communications and promotional materials;
- Ensure consistency of language and presentation in SESYNC’s outreach and communications materials;
- Evaluate the success and efficacy of communication materials and strategies;
- Support outreach and education events and general programs including organizing and running the weekly seminar series.
- Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years experience OR Master’s degree with 3+ years experience.
- At least two years of experience in communications to include science writing for the educated public, strategic use of social media, experience writing press releases, content management and/or other forms of web publishing.
- Proven ability to write interesting and accessible copy about complex socio-environmental topics for a non-technical audience.
- Experience using social media in a professional capacity
- Possess excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to manage multiple projects; the ability to interact effectively with researchers, administrators, and the press; and, a demonstrated record of completing assignments
Strong interest and understanding of environmental science; demonstrated ability to interact with university administrators and faculty; photography/multimedia skills; experience with desktop publishing/graphic design are preferred.
Applications must be submitted through the University of Maryland's hiring system.
For best consideration, apply by March 1, 2019.
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.