Science Writer/Communications Specialist

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Classification:Communications Specialist 3
Grade:Grade 78
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Other, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

EarthScope is an NSF sponsored science initiative focused on exploring the structure and evolution of the North American continent. The EarthScope National Office at UAF is seeking an experienced science writer to help disseminate and convey EarthScope science to the broader scientific community, educators, the media, and the public. Come join the dynamic EarthScope office team!

Duties:

10Coordination with other ESNO office staff: Supervise ESNO writing interns and coordinate with ESNO PI’s in terms of quality control on products. Work with ESNO office staff on written and visual materials needed for the office, meetings, outreach activities, and synthesis activities. Assist office staff with other tasks as needed.Essential
10Represent ESNO at major conferences and other meetings or workshops: Assist ESNO office staff in gathering materials, organizing the booth, and other meeting or travel related tasks as needed. Travel to scientific and operational meetings hosted by the GSA, AGU, IRIS, and UNAVCO will be required. Work with E&O coordinator to present education updates from the office at those meetings. Serve as the lead point of contact for the ESNO at the annual IRIS and UNAVCO meetings. Represent ESNO at the EarthScope booth during the GSA and AGU meetings. Assist with EarthScope Townhall activities and produce written and visual content documenting those meetings as needed.Essential
30Maintain Website Content: Work closely with web support staff in the GI Design Center to keep backend of the website and dynamic content working and up-to-date. Gather bibliography and abstract summaries for EarthScope publications from student staff and publish on the website. Keep EarthScope static maps on website up-to-date. Keep all EarthScope educational resources on website up-to-date Rotate content in a timely manner (highlights, blog, photo-of-the-week, recent geo events). Keep EarthScope meetings/events information up-to-date (conferences,meetings,workshops,etc..) Keep science syntheses up to date. Maintain E&O resources. Keep committee information up-to-date. Upload inSights each quarter and other timely documents and brochures. Update website for new EarthScope channel YouTube content.Essential
50Generate written content in support of EarthScope E&O and Synthesis activities: Write and collect content for inSights quarterly newsletter. Write and collect content for Humans of Earthscope, Science Nuggets, articles, press releases Generate new promotional materials for the May 2019 EarthScope Finale event. Keep outreach activities working and up-to-date (i.e., Birthquake certificates and database, Plate Tectonics activities for outreach,etc.) Work with E&O coordinator and Synthesis Workshop organizers on production of workshop education and outreach materials and products.Essential

EarthScope is an NSF-Sponsored Earth Science initiative. The University of Alaska, Fairbanks, host to the EarthScope National Office (ESNO), is seeking a science writer to support the final two years of EarthScope education and outreach. Based out of the Geophysical Institute, the office is tasked with fostering and supporting integrated science, education, outreach, and related activities for the EarthScope program. We are seeking to hire a science writer to generate content for our quarterly newsletter, website, and promotional materials, to assist with workshops and training events, and to work with our Education & Outreach manager on publications and digital media. The job also requires keeping the website up to date, representing EarthScope at national conferences, and preparing for national workshops. While a BS or MS degree in Earth Sciences is desired, we are accepting applicants with qualifications and experience in the work described. Experience in writing is required. This person must be able to communicate effectively and work both independently and as part of a team.  

Job Duties:

The successful candidate job duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Write and collect content for inSights quarterly newsletter.
  • Write and collect content for Humans of Earthscope, Science Nuggets, articles, press releases.
  • Generate new promotional materials for the May 2019 EarthScope Finale event.
  • Keep outreach activities working and up-to-date (i.e., Birthquake certificates and database, Plate Tectonics activities for outreach,etc.)
  • Work with E&O coordinator and Synthesis Workshop organizers on production of workshop education and outreach materials and products.  
  • Work closely with web support staff in the GI Design Center to keep backend of the website and dynamic content working and up-to-date.
  • Gather bibliography and abstract summaries for EarthScope publications from student staff and publish on the website.
  • Keep EarthScope static maps on website up-to-date.
  • Keep all EarthScope educational resources on website up-to-date
  • Rotate content in a timely manner (highlights, blog, photo-of-the-week, recent geo events).
  • Keep EarthScope meetings/events information up-to-date (conferences, meetings, workshops, etc..)
  • Keep science syntheses up to date.Maintain E&O resources.
  • Keep committee information up-to-date.Upload, inSights each quarter and other timely documents and brochures.
  • Update website for new EarthScope channel YouTube content.
  • Supervise ESNO writing interns and coordinate with ESNO PI’s in terms of quality control on products.
  • Work with ESNO office staff on written and visual materials needed for the office, meetings, outreach activities, and synthesis activities.
  • Assist office staff with other tasks as needed.
  • Assist ESNO office staff in gathering materials, organizing the booth, and other meeting or travel related tasks as needed.
  • Travel to scientific and operational meetings hosted by the GSA, AGU, IRIS, and UNAVCO will be required.
  • Work with E&O coordinator to present education updates from the office at those meetings.
  • Serve as the lead point of contact for the ESNO at the annual IRIS and UNAVCO meetings.
  • Represent ESNO at the EarthScope booth during the GSA and AGU meetings. Assist with EarthScope Townhall activities and produce written and visual content documenting those meetings as needed.

Required Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Journalism, Communications or related field and two years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.  (Master's preferred)
  • Advanced editing and writing ability. Two years of experience working in the communications or outreach fields where public relations tasks and event coordination skills were regularly employed.
  • Experience creating, populating, and maintaining a website for a scientific and/or educational organization.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in persuasive and informative writing, the creation of visual images and multimedia materials in support of specific public relations and communications goals.
  • Ability to translate technical or difficult science information to specific audiences.
  • Ability to follow applicable policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals, vendors, and organizations.
  • Problem-solving skills and ability to exercise sound judgment under strict deadlines.
  • Multi-tasking abilities.
  • Team leadership skills.

Salary Information:

This position is a Full-time, Grade 78, ($23.60/hour). Salary is commensurate with experience.

Term Positions:

This position is a term-funded position through June 30, 2018 and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  The review of this posting will start on August 20, 2017 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. Applications received after this date may not be considered.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.   During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at  http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAF Campus is a tobacco-free campus.  For more information, please go to http://www.uaf.edu/tobaccofreecampus

Assistance:

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI Human Resources at 907-474-7999.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action:

The University of Alaska is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, physical or mental disability or any other status protected by law. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the local Human Resources office at 907-474-7700.

 

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