Science Writer/Digital Content Specialist
Position Number: 00103043
Primary Function of Organization Unit: A federal-state partnership, North Carolina Sea Grant provides research, education and outreach opportunities relating to current issues affecting the North Carolina coast and its communities. Since 1970, Sea Grant has been a valuable resource in the state for scientists, educators, local officials, government agencies, coastal businesses and the public to find unbiased, scientifically sound information about the state's coastal ecosystems. The program works with all campuses in the University of North Carolina system, as well as all institutes of higher education in the state. The program is part of the National Sea Grant network, with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the state of North Carolina.
Essential Job Duties: The Science Writer/Digital Content Specialist communicates results of research projects and outreach efforts funded or administered by North Carolina Sea Grant. This includes working with Sea Grant colleagues -- other communicators, management and extension team, as well as researchers and community partners to present timely information through varied communication venues. These include, but are not limited to, Coastwatch magazine, website ncseagrant.org, social media, story maps, reports for individual projects and the full program, videos, podcasts, newsletters, blog posts, program identity pieces, consumer information products and educational materials. The overall goal is to provide timely information to varied audiences and to underscore the value and impacts of the interdisciplinary, statewide Sea Grant program. The Specialist will collaborate with the Water Resources Research Institute and other colleagues in the University of North Carolina system, the National Sea Grant network, and other local, state and national partners. The position is based in Raleigh, with some day and overnight travel required, including but not limited to the N.C. coastal region.
Department Required Skills: An understanding of current and emerging issues facing N.C. coastal ecosystems, watersheds and communities. Demonstrated ability to understand scientific data and environmental policy topics and summarize those results into terms understandable to varied audiences in Sea Grant's role an "honest broker" of information. Ability to interview a wide range of subjects, in person, or via phone or online communications, for stories or other communication projects. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and experience with other Microsoft products. Experience with lnDesign or similar graphics software, as well as other parts of Adobe Creative Suite and Acrobat. Basic skills in GIS and mapping software as used in communications products. Experience in a variety of social media platforms with identified success stories. Experience in evaluating communications products and strategies to ensure best use of time and funding, return on investment, community use, etc. Experience in WordPress and/or other online content management systems. Ability to work well under pressure of multiple deadlines by prioritizing multiple work responsibilities. Ability to work within a team that includes multiple offices and within a network that includes many states.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Experience in Sea Grant outreach or an extensive understanding of Sea Grant national or state mission and programs. Five or more years of professional experience, or a combination of a relevant advanced degree and professional experience, in science, policy, and/or communications that could include but not be limited to journalism, marketing and public affairs, or scientific outreach. At least one year of a science communications focus that can be demonstrated in product samples. Experience in developing video and audio communications products.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: A valid NC driver's license is required and must be maintained as a condition of employment.
AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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