Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center Communications Specialist

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

Position Summary:

The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC) is seeking a full-time Communications Specialist to guide and support our efforts in developing and implementing communication strategies across our portfolio of projects and partnerships. Like many of the positions within the ACRC, we are looking for an individual with a wide range of skills and interests; someone who comfortably wears many hats in an organization, and welcomes new challenges that present opportunities to develop new proficiencies. The Communications Specialist will report to the ACRC Director. Reflecting our team approach, the position will also be advised and/or directed by other senior staff and faculty at UAS and UAF, as needed for specific projects; specific duties for the Communications Specialist will be shared between ACRC and the AK Climate Science Center (CSC). Some travel throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest (including British Columbia) will be required.


10External Relations: Serve as the lead point of contact for media requests and speaking engagements for the ACRC. Draft press releases and pitch stories to media outlets. Develop and maintain a professional network among regional and national media outlets, and among communications professionals at partner organizations.Essential
45Communication Innovation and Leadership: Coordinate closely with ACRC Director and CSC communications team to develop the ACRC’s and CSC''s communications strategies, objectives, and tactics. Develop and maintain close familiarity with ACRC and CSC related research projects and key stakeholders. Coordinate communications efforts and foster collaboration with and among research teams, their home institutions, and with the broader research and education community. Collaborate with ACRC and CSC staff and postdocs to develop communications and promotional materials. Work with stakeholders through the life-cycle of projects to ensure that science is actionable and that results are accessible. Promote the mission and research accomplishments of the ACRC collaborative network. Identify ways for the ACRC and CSC to assess the effectiveness of their communications, outreach, and engagement activities, and how to better “tell the story” of the organizations and partners. Ensure consistency of language and presentation in outreach and communications materials.Essential
45Project Management and Execution: Maintain, create, and update content on the ACRC, CSC and CRMRN websites. Create communications products (independently or with partner communications staff), which can involve elements of writing and design; oversee the roll-out and distribution of these products. Organize and manage communication events (e.g., seminars, webinars, workshops). Routinely post information for partners and stakeholders using email distribution lists, newsletters, and social media tools. Coordinate and collaborate with UAS and UAF communications and public relations staff, leveraging resources and assuring mutual benefit.Essential

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science or resource management field (e.g., physics, earth science, biology, fisheries, natural resources, forestry) OR in a communication-related discipline (e.g., communications, journalism, policy).
  • 1-2 years’ experience working as a researcher or resource manager, or in communications or journalism.
  • Experience in developing and creating targeted communications materials that translate technical or scientific information for a range of audiences from experts to lay readers.
  • Familiarity with content management systems (e.g., WordPress, Drupal), other technical aspects of maintaining online material, and MS Office Suite and presentation software; knowledge of print, electronic, and multimedia publishing tools (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite).
  • Excellent writing and editorial skills.
  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to consistency and detail and insistence on scientific and technical accuracy.
  • Exceptional team player with strong interpersonal skills, and equal ability to work independently under minimal supervision and collaboratively as part of an effective team.
  • Demonstrated initiative, proactive nature, and ability to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing and fast-paced environment.

Education & Experience Preferred:

  • Master’s degree in science or science communications.
  • 3-5 years’ experience working in a communications role at a research organization, public sector agency, or environmental non-governmental organization.
  • Broad knowledge of ecosystem ecology and climate science, and issues and concerns relevant to community resilience in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
  • Experience in developing and implementing successful, organization-level communication strategies.
  • Experience and interest in working with scientists and in an academic setting.

This is a One Year Term-Funded staff position, with a competitive salary (Grade 78) and full employee benefits package. This position is open until filled, with the initial applicant review taking place on November 27th, 2017.

The ACRC at the University of Alaska Southeast builds partnerships and catalyzes collaborative ecological and socioeconomic research in the Pacific temperate rain forest region to understand ecosystem processes and support community resiliency. ACRC also provides an institutional home in Southeast Alaska for the Alaska Climate Science Center, which facilitates collaboration to meet climate change research and resource management needs statewide; and for the Coastal Rain forest Margins Research Network, which is an international research collaborative working to quantify the flux of nutrient-rich materials from coastal watersheds to nearshore marine ecosystems.

For more information about the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center visit us online

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAS is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.  All interested persons should apply online. For further assistance with the application process contact Human Resources at 907-796-6263 or email

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