Communications Lead -International Arctic Research Center

Communications Lead -International Arctic Research Center

  • 528216
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
  • Hybrid
  • On Campus
  • Staff Full-time
  • Grade 80
  • UAF Intl Arctic Research Center

As the Communications Lead for the International Arctic Research Center (IARC), you will ensure that our innovative and impactful research makes a positive difference in the world. Every day you will work with teams of researchers, coordinators, technicians, and other communications professionals to interpret scientific findings and creatively tell compelling and interesting stories about Arctic research and related activities for a variety of audiences. To thrive in this role, you must be passionate about conveying scientific or technical subjects to diverse audiences, highly organized and detail-oriented, and comfortable filling a variety of roles and within a team.

These attributes represent our current thinking for the role. You might have important skills to contribute and be a great candidate even if you don’t fit everything we have described. If that’s you, even if you are on the fence, we encourage you to apply and tell us about yourself. At IARC, we’ve built a team that celebrates a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Our strength and success as a research institute and university are built on a wide range of perspectives and experiences. If you are interested in helping IARC build a deeper understanding of the Arctic and respond to society’s need through actionable science, we encourage you to apply.

In this role, you'll guide both short-term and long-term communication initiatives to success. Collaborating closely with IARC’s leadership, you'll shape our communication plan and contribute to strategic decision-making. In this role, you'll be the go-to person for public relations and media engagement at IARC. You'll handle media inquiries, draft press releases, and cultivate relationships with journalists and relevant organizations. You'll work with scientists and research teams to generate various communication materials, from online content to creative products, ensuring accuracy and consistency throughout.

Your responsibilities will include maintaining our website and other promotional materials, managing the editorial calendar, working closely across the institute and with our partners, and coordinating with communication professionals within IARC and across campus. Compliance with regulations and staying updated on industry standards will be crucial, as will advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.

To succeed in this role, candidates should possess at least four years of experience effectively conveying scientific or technical subjects to multiple diverse audiences, and a demonstrated ability to write and edit for non-scientific audiences. Proficiency in utilizing multiple communication methods and channels is essential. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, detail-oriented, possess strong interpersonal communication skills, and be adaptable to various team roles. Candidates must be proficient with Microsoft Office suite, Google Drive, and the Adobe Creative Suite. Successful candidates should be comfortable working with scientists, familiar with Arctic and climate science, or have experience working in a science or research-focused environment. This position offers an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated and creative candidate to shape the trajectory of our work and make meaningful contributions to Arctic and climate science.

Minimum Qualifications:

Undergraduate degree in public relations, journalism, communications or related field. Four years of progressively responsible experience relevant to the program, or an equivalent combination of training and experience preferred.  Experience coordinating science communication efforts across a large team or organization. Eperience with media inquiries, writing press releases, and/or working with journalists. Experience communicating scientific topics with broad audiences and across multiple communication channels.

Master’s degree preferred.

Diversity Statement: 

At IARC, we’ve built a team that celebrates a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Our strength and success as a research institute and university are built on a wide range of perspectives and experiences. If you are interested in helping IARC build a deeper understanding of the Arctic and respond to society’s need through actionable science, we encourage you to apply.

Location:

This position will be located at the University of Fairbanks Troth Yeddha' Campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. Flexible, hybrid work may be considered while following the University guidelines and regulations and the scope of the work.  UA employees receive excellent benefits including participation in State of Alaska PERS retirement, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. We offer competitive compensation, this position is full time, exempt, at a Grade 80. This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion. 

Special Instructions and Professional References: 

Please add with your application relevant sample writings, blogs, graphic, content creation, and other sample work as applicable. Also, provide three professional references with their email(s) and contact phone number(s).

Application Review Date:

The initial application review for this position will begin on Monday, May 6, 2024. For full consideration you must submit your application by Sunday, May 5, 2024 by 11:55 PM Alaska time. The position may remain open until-filled until a successful candidate is identified. 

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

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


UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination


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


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Delia Lopez-Ketzler, IARC-HR office at dketzler@alaska.edu, or via phone at 907-474-1960.

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