Public Communications Specialist
Position Number: 00043478
Primary Function of Organization Unit: NORTH CAROLINA SPACE GRANT The NC Space Grant program supports, develops, and promotes aeronautics and space-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and training across North Carolina. NC Space Grant has statewide collaborations with colleges and universities to support student and faculty research and opportunities for related public education and outreach programs. The program directly assists industries across the state to meet specific aerospace-related industry technical and workforce training needs. The program is part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. To review the program and its organization, please see NC Space Grant's web page: http://www.ncspacegrant.org. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF THE UNC SYSTEM The WRRI identifies and supports research needed to help resolve or address water resource quality and quantity issues and opportunities throughout North Carolina and the Southeast region of the U.S. The WRRI also conducts public education and information transfer activities related to water resource issues and opportunities. The program is part of the U.S. Geological Survey's national Water Research Institutes Program. To review the program and its organization, please see the WRRI webpage: http://www.ncsu.edu/wrri.
Essential Job Duties: The Public Communications Specialist shares results of research projects and outreach efforts funded or administered by the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina and North Carolina Space Grant. This includes working with other team members, researchers and community partners to present timely information through varied communication venues including printed and online resources, social media, story maps, reports for individual projects and the full programs, videos, podcasts, newsletters, blog posts, program identity pieces, and educational materials. Responsibilities include writing and editing, basic graphic design, mapping and multimedia content-management. The messages inform varied audiences and underscore the value and impacts of the interdisciplinary, statewide programs. The Public Communication Specialist collaboration with North Carolina Sea Grant, national WRRI and Space Grant networks, and other local, state and national partners. The position is based in Raleigh, NC with some day and overnight travel required.
Department Required Skills: An understanding of current and emerging issues facing N.C. ecosystems, watersheds, workforces, industries and communities. Demonstrated ability to understand complex scientific data and environmental policy topics, and to summarize those results into terms understandable to varied audiences. 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 Mircosoft products, including Excel. Experience with lnDesign or similar graphics software, as well as other parts of Adobe Creative Suite and Acrobat. 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 locations and within networks that include many states.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Experience in science communication or outreach. Five or more years of professional experience, or a combination of an advanced degree and work experience, in science or policy fields (communications arenas could include but not be limited to journalism, marketing or public affairs); or scientific outreach. At least one year of a science communications focus that can be demonstrated in product samples. Basic skills in GIS and mapping software as used in communications products. Experience in developing online and/or video and audio communications products.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: This position requires the incumbent to travel to various sites to accomplish the core function of the work. A valid driver's license is required within 30 days of employment and must be maintained as a condition of employment. Good driving record required.
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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