Position Number: 00043472
Primary Function of Organization Unit: North Carolina Sea Grant conducts statewide research, extension, communications and education efforts regarding marine, coastal and watershed topics. Work is often with academic, agency and community partners. A federal/state partnership, the program is administered through its headquarters at NC State University, with additional outreach staff at three coastal offices. The North Carolina Sea Grant communications director leads communications activities.
Essential Job Duties: The Sea Grant Managing Editor is responsible for managing the full production process of Coastwatch magazine, including content development, design review and editing. In addition, the Managing Editor oversees and edits the program's overall online content including blogs; writes feature stories, news releases and other announcements; and manages a variety of Sea Grant special projects that focus on current and emerging issues for N.C. coastal ecosystems and economies. The Managing Editor builds and maintains relationships with colleagues in community organizations and government agencies, as well as outside vendors, to ensure that the mission of Sea Grant is appropriately communicated across North Carolina and beyond. The Managing Editor collaborates with the Water Resources Research Institute, North Carolina Space Grant and others in the University of North Carolina system, the Sea Grant network, and other local, state and national partners. In addition, the Managing Editor is responsible for working with the communications director in developing and implementing communications strategies to best meet the needs of the organization, and further the reach of Sea Grant's research, extension and education efforts. S/he will serve as a mentor to other communications staff, undergraduate and graduate students.
Department Required Skills: - Substantial experience in science communication, feature writing and website content development; journalism; public affairs and/or related communications work. This may include a mix of work experience and graduate studies that included demonstrated development and evaluation of communications products. - Must be proficient in InDesign and other parts of Adobe Creative Suite and Acrobat, also in Microsoft products, Mac operating system, WordPress, Google Analytics and Social Media; also thorough knowledge of and experience with Associated Press writing style. - Must demonstrate examples of accurate and well-researched articles/news releases; must be able to edit and package stories, and fact-check the work of others. - Must be able to work with scientists, extension specialists, students, community and industry partners, media and others interested in program topics. - Must demonstrate ability to understand complex scientific data and environmental policy topics and summarize those results into terms understandable to varied audiences. -Must have ability to interview a wide range of people and in varied settings (in person, and via phone or online communication) for stories or other communication projects. -Must have experience in evaluating communications products and strategies to ensure best use of time and funding, return on investment, community use, etc. -Must have ability to work well under pressure of multiple deadlines by prioritizing multiple work responsibilities. -Must demonstrate ability to lead project teams that include program colleagues in multiple offices, partners across the state and 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. - Understanding of current and emerging issues facing N.C coastal ecosystems and communities, as well as the Sea Grant program's mission regarding these issues. - Eight or more years of professional experience, or a combination of an advanced degree and work experience, in communications arenas that could include but not be limited to science communications, journalism, marketing or public affairs with a focus on research and/or policy; or scientific outreach that reflects broader impacts of research results. At least four years should have had a science focus that can be demonstrated in product samples. - Experience in developing print and online products, as well as video and audio pieces. - Master's degree
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: The core responsibilities of this position requires travel to various places, mostly in state. A current/valid North Carolina Driver's License will be required within 60 days of hire 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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