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"Due to a delayed start to the primary funding source, we will not begin interviews for the position until after January 15, 2018."

Part time - 30 Hours

The Communications Specialist is responsible for implementing the strategic communications plan for two specific research programs in the Nicholas School: The Duke Superfund Research Center (DUSRC) and the CIPHERS Project.Specifically, this position works with the Research Translation and Community Engagement Cores of the DUSRC and the outreach component of the CIPHERS Project. This is accomplished by researching, writing, designing and contributing to effective and innovative communications including: research synthesis reviews, white papers, policy and research briefs, articles, website design, info graphics, and social media content.

Work Performed

Research and write research syntheses and policy briefs on topics in environmental toxicology, health, and genetics, including epigenetics. Conduct literature searches and literature reviews on topics in environmental health, toxicology,genetics, and environmental sciences. Develop website content, including original stories, articles, designs, videos, and integrated connections within social networks. Monitor site traffic using analytics tools across multiple platforms, including Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, and through the organization's website. Website design using Word Press is a desired capability for the position. Support outreach and communications about the research conducted at the DUSRC and CIPHERS project to diverse stakeholders such as state, federal, and local government policymakers, industry groups, and community-based organizations. Contribute to outreach planning and organization activities such as identifying stakeholders, planning public science events, trainings, and workshops. Support the creation of info graphics and graphical communications, such as fact sheets, aimed at translating technical research to non-technical and lay public audiences. Assist with internal communications, organizing quarterly newsletter, updating publication databases, and interacting closely with supervisors to ensure adequate coverage of research activities. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to bean exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified. NOTE: Funding for this position is available via grants and is offered at the 0.75 FTE level due to the availability of grant funds. Funding for the position at this level is available until July1, 2020. Additional funding from new sources may become available during the funding period and there may be the possibility to increase the position to 1.0 FTE. The scope of work may shift slightly with changes to funding sources, but will remain aligned with environmental public health research translation and communications.

Preferred Qualifications at this Level

Bachelor's degree in a scientific field, preferably biochemistry, genetics, toxicology, or public health; or a bachelor's degree in communications. Work requires a combination of research and science communications skills with communication and marketing skills. These skills are normally acquired through a bachelor's degree in a related field, or through applied communications work and a bachelor's degree in the sciences. Training in the sciences, especially coursework in toxicology, biochemistry, genetics, or environmental health, is desired. Three years post-baccalaureate or a master's degree. Work generally requires 3 years post-baccalaureate related experience in science communications, research, marketing, media, or public relations. A master's degree in science communications, environmental public health, or other technical communications training, is desired.

Research and literature review, synthesis of scholarly journal articles, and ability to communicate complex topics inaccessible language are key skills for this position. Also desired are skills in using WordPress for content management and creation; experience using Adobe Creative Cloud software, including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop; familiarity with ArcGIS suite of programs, including ArcMap; experience with Microsoft Office suite of programs; experience with social media, with preference for experience managing social media for an organization.

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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employercommitted to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, genderexpression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexualorientation, or veteran status.Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robustexchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity ofour perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achievethis exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feelsecure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals arerespected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our communityhave a responsibility to uphold these values.Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/ormental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests forreasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires communication and marketing skills normally acquiredthrough a bachelor's degree in a related field.


Work generally requires one year related experience in advertising,marketing, media, promotions or public relations.OR ANY OTHER EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OREXPERIENCE

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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 3/20/2018
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