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STEM Communications Specialist

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Job Details

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment:


Working Title:

STEM Communications Specialist

Anticipated Hiring Range:

$51,000 - $56,000

Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC


North Carolina Space Grant

About the Department:

NC Space Grant utilizes STEM opportunities to engage and inspire North Carolinians and to build a diverse future STEM workforce. In order to achieve those aims, we create and support unique opportunities for students, faculty, educators and the public to participate in space-related research, education and outreach programs. The program partners with industries across the state to identify specific aerospace-related industry technical and workforce training needs. The program is part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. To review the program and its organization, please see NC Space Grant’s web page:

Essential Job Duties:

This position shares results of STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – faculty and student projects, and education outreach efforts funded or administered by North Carolina Space Grant. This includes working with other team members, researchers and community partners to present timely information through varied communication methods. These include, but are not limited to, printed and online resources, social media, reports for individual projects and the full program, videos, podcasts, newsletters, blog posts, program identity pieces, and educational materials.

Duties include writing and editing, along with basic graphic design and other multimedia-content-management. The messages inform varied audiences and underscore the value and impacts of the interdisciplinary, statewide program. The position includes collaboration with the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program network, and other local, state and national partners. The position is based in Raleigh, with some day and limited overnight travel required. Good driving record required.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Preparing for and participating in events, including logistics, set-up, etc.
  • Assisting colleagues in tasks as needed to support the overall programs.

Minimum Experience/Education:

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to understand complex scientific data and science and technology topics, and then 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 Microsoft products, including Excel.
  • Experience with the Google suite of applications.
  • Experience with Canva, lnDesign or similar graphics software, as well as Adobe Creative elements including Photoshop 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 key partners in multiple N.C. locations, and within networks that include many states.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in science communication or outreach.
  • Five years professional experience, or a combination of an advanced degree and work experience, in science or technology fields; or in communications arenas that could include but not be limited to journalism, marketing or public affairs; or scientific outreach. At least one year should have had a science communications focus that can be demonstrated in product samples.
  • Basic understanding of GIS and mapping software and its uses in communications products.
  • Experience in developing successful online, multimedia, and/or video and audio communications products, series or campaigns.

Required License or Certification:

  • 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.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Job Open Date:


Earliest Close Date---- (Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.):


Special Instructions:

Please include as attachments a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references.
Also provide two product samples. One should be a short writing sample for a general audience; and the second (Other Document 1) could be a piece written for a technical/scientific audience or a link to a multimedia product. For each sample, provide background regarding the audience, if you had partners, and the success for the product.

Position Number:


Position Type:


Position Classification Band Title:

Public Communication Specialist

Position Classification Band Level:


Position Classification Salary Range:

$31,200 - $83,965

Salary Grade Equivalency:


Alternate Option:

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):


Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Time Limited Position:


Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department Id:

062601 - NC Space Grant


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.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


NC State: Think and Do

NC State was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today, we're a pre-eminent research enterprise with 12 colleges excelling in all major academic fields.

NC State studentsOur 34,000 high-performing students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service. That experiential education ensures that they leave here ready to lead the workforce. NC State's 13:1 student-faculty ratio is one of the reasons why we're the best college for your money in North Carolina (Money) and the No. 5 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report).

Overcoming Challenges, Improving Lives

NC State is one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers — one developing wearable, self-powered health monitors, and the other researching smart-grid technology. We’re also leading interdisciplinary efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector.

Our research doesn't just get published in a journal or sit on a shelf; it makes an impact. NC State is No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research, and we're No. 2 among universities without a medical school. Our Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. In addition, our industrial extension unit — Industry Expansion Solutions — has created an economic benefit for the state's manufacturers averaging $149 million per year since 2005.

Bright Minds Creating a Bold Future

NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

NC State bldg in darkOur Centennial Campus, an award-winning public-private research campus, is home to more than 70 partner organizations working alongside more than 70 NC State research and academic units. Centennial is also the location of the innovative Hunt Library, which Time magazine has dubbed “the library of the future.”

In Raleigh and Around the World

It all happens in one of the best cities in America. A top spot for job-seekers and tech professionals, Raleigh is nationally recognized as a leading urban center:

NC State building oldWith Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The top companies in the region — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline — are among the country’s best employers. They also lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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