Education and Public Outreach Specialist

Boulder, CO
Jun 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary:

The Office of Communications and Outreach OCO is responsible for laboratory communications, public outreach and engagement, and educational programs and products at the University of Colorado Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics LASP. LASP seeks a full-time Education and Public Outreach Specialist to deliver existing programming and to develop new programs with a variety of K-12, higher education, and general public audiences. This individual should have experience working with aerospace, academic or research institutions, and addressing their educational and outreach programming needs. Successful applicants will have demonstrated vision and leadership in education and outreach programs with experience in public engagement through multiple avenues. The specialist will need to function independently in a fast-paced environment in which he or she represents the lab to external audiences and serves as a liaison for outreach activities with the university.

Job Duties:

• Design and implement curriculum and programs in support of LASP's education and outreach goals

• Represent LASP within CU-Boulder, in the local community, and at a national level

• Communicate science missions and concepts through a variety of avenues, including social media platforms, websites, print and visual media

• Build relationships with new partners and maintain existing partnerships with local and national organizations and agencies to further LASP's mission

• Collaborate with LASP scientists and engineers to develop new and existing outreach and communications activities that support and build on LASP's science missions

• Utilize LASP's strengths and talents to maximize the impact of our outreach programs and to exploit future opportunities


Required Qualifications:

• A bachelor's degree in science or education plus 5 years of related experience, or an advanced degree plus 2 years' experience in education and public outreach, or a science and/or engineering field with appropriate experience in public engagement

• A strong passion for Earth and Space Sciences

• Experience teaching STEM-based curriculum formally or informally

• Strong written and verbal communications skills; experience with public speaking, presenting at conferences, scientific meetings, etc.

• A demonstrated ability to interpret high-level science and engineering concepts and disseminate effectively to a variety of audiences

• Experience with social media content development and distribution

• Experience with curriculum development

• Ability to collaborate with LASP faculty and engineers to develop education and outreach activities that support and build on LASP's science missions

• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within an institution and across multiple disciplines

• Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, changing environment

• Ability to work in a team environment

• Familiarity with MS Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite

Desired Qualifications:

• Grant-writing experience and familiarity with governmental and non-governmental funding sources

• A demonstrated ability to work with traditional media print, broadcast TV and radio, video production

• Experience with web design and content management systems WordPress, Drupal, or a similar platform)

• A demonstrated ability to work with traditional media print, broadcast TV and radio, video production

• Experience with web design and content management systems WordPress, Drupal, or a similar platform

• Experience working with governmental agencies

• Previous work in an academic or research setting

• Interest and/or experience in public relations and communications

• Working with strategic relations internally and within academic systems

• Experience supervising students and/or interns

Special Instructions to Applicants:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Curriculum Vitae or Resume 2 - Cover Letter. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at The University of Colorado at Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10060 - Lab Atmos/Space Physics

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jun 9, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Freya Olson

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00734355