Communications Specialist Sr - Communications Liaison - 512724

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Apply nowJob no: 512724
Work type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)
Location: Tuscaloosa
Categories: Communication

Pay Grade/Pay Range: 58 Monthly (exempt): - Minimum - $ 40206.36 Midpoint - $ 58302.36

Department/Organization: 750501 - Alabama Water Institute (AWI)

Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:45pm

Job Summary: Works with the department to develop clear understanding of plans, goals, and ongoing efforts. Promotes such goals and plans by developing publications and public relations plans for department, school or college. Responsible for communication with the University and community in a variety of ways that could include newsletters, brochures, media coverage, etc. Participates in planning and execution of special projects to support the department's overall development and marketing strategies.

Additional Department Summary: The Global Water Security Center (GWSC) will be an applied research/operational center commissioned with assisting local, state, national, and international agencies, and potentially multi-national companies (MNC’s), to enhance their knowledge of water. The GWSC will provide data, research, and evidence for these stakeholders to help them understand how to protect the quality of vulnerable water systems, mitigate impacts of water-related hazards such as floods and droughts, safeguard access to water functions/services, ecosystem preservation, and manage water resources in an integrated and equitable manner. GWSC will analyze data and produce water and environmental security products that will provide decision makers with the most reliable information, ground-breaking research, applied scientific techniques, and best practices to inform actionable decision-making and response by state, regional, national, and global entities. Our stakeholders will include: Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community, Coast Guard, U.S. Geological Survey, NOAA, State Department, FEMA, Red Cross, USAID, private companies (e.g., Coca Cola, Unilver) and academic stakeholders. The Communications Liaison will manage communication efforts to build awareness of and support for the Global Water Security Center. Applicant will develop and execute a communications strategy, supporting GWSC’s mission. Through messaging, publications, blogs, social media, email, websites infographics, video, media outreach and more, the applicant will work with the Center’s experts to build narratives, translate research into action and provide a guide to the Center’s diverse workstreams. Be part of a team will provide situational awareness to help institutions understand how water affects livelihoods, health, economy and ecosystems.

Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, English, Marketing, or Advertising and three (3) years of experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, or communications; OR Master's in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, English, Marketing, or Advertising or Juris Doctorate degree and one (1) year of experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, or communications; OR an ABD in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, English, Marketing, or Advertising and some experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, or communications; OR Doctorate degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, English, Marketing, or Advertising.

Skills and Knowledge: Comprehensive understanding of communications strategies and execution. Professional experience at an environmental or scientific organization and understanding of issues related to the environment. Knowledge of water, food, health, and energy subjects to allow successful analysis of water’s nexus in order to support GWSC’s desire to meet environmental security requirements. Excellent oral and writing, web content and email marketing skills. Ability to think visually and create persuasive visual content for web and social media with an excellent design sense and visual storytelling ability. Critical thinker who can analyze complex and technical content and convey it in engaging infographics and other visual forms. Strong organizational, coordination, and project management skills. Coordinates efforts with representatives of federal agencies to include DoD, NOAA, NASA, FAA, and other specified department-level agencies involving exchange of technical and/or scientific information. Furthermore, these efforts should also include representatives of industry, government agencies, multi-national companies, and academic institutions. Ability to collaborate in a team environment with other professionals, for example, analysts, graphic designers, and programmers.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of GIS and GIS Systems. Experience with content processing for social media, web, emails, presentations, and printed materials. Experience in tracking and responding to media requests, stakeholder questions and inquiries with a strong understanding of advocacy and political communications. U.S. citizen capable of receiving a security clearance.

Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment or volunteer status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster

Advertised: 02 Apr 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications close: 09 Apr 2021 Central Daylight Time

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Posted: 4/4/2021
Application Due: 4/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time