• Communications Lead Alaska Sea Grant

    Posted: 07/24/2020

    Applications are invited for the position of Communications Lead for Alaska Sea Grant. This position will serve to communicate Alaska Sea Grant research, education, and outreach related to Alaska’s coastal resources, economies, and communities for diverse audiences.

     

    Duties:

     

    10Pursue opportunities and secure funding for special communications projects, including proposal and budget development.Essential
    10Serve as the Alaska Sea Grant point of contact with the public information system at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Interact with other Sea Grant communicators around the country and participate in the National Sea Grant communicators network.Essential
    30Produce an attractive annual report for a general audience highlighting Sea Grant activities. Write program impacts and accomplishments required by NOAA National Sea Grant. Produce other reports required by National Sea Grant, NOAA, or UAF, such as those needed for site reviews or other evaluation. Must be cognizant of and responsive to national requirements for UAF to retain its role as the state’s Sea Grant institution.Essential
    50Create communication products that translate research, education and outreach for use by various audiences of Alaska Sea Grant, including community members, organizations, governments, tribes, scientists, and others. Products include feature and science stories, press releases, blog posts, video and radio productions, brochures, info-graphics, electronic newsletters, and social media. Generate content through interviews and research. Develop and lead a communications plan and the communications program for Alaska Sea Grant.Essential

    Communications Lead

    The Alaska Sea Grant Communications Lead is responsible for leading a diverse and multi-faceted communications program that establishes Alaska Sea Grant as an intellectual leader in communicating science, technical information, and other specialized knowledge and information to non-experts.

    Alaska Sea Grant is a dynamic, 50 year old, UAF-based program, a partner with the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and part of a national network of 33 Sea Grant programs. Alaska Sea Grant’s personnel include faculty and staff located in 9 communities across the state. The program includes a complex and multi-faceted suite of activities focused on the conservation and wise use of Alaska’s coastal, watershed and marine resources. Alaska Sea Grant funds critical research, funds graduate students, and operates statewide Marine Advisory extension programs.

    The position leads the ASG communication, public relations, marketing, public awareness, branding, and messaging activities. This position directly supports Marine Advisory faculty work and works closely with the director on setting priorities for Alaska Sea Grant communications.

    Required:

    Bachelor's degree in journalism, marketing, communications, marine science, fisheries, environmental science, natural resource management, or a related field; masters degree preferred.

    At least 3 years experience (beyond degree) in communications, media relations, public relations, or social marketing team conveying scientific or technical subjects to a wide, diverse audience. The applicant must have demonstrated the ability to communicate scientific material in a concise, clear and accessible manner to varied audiences using print, broadcast and social media.

    Exceptional writing and editing skills are required.

    Preferred:

    Experience with communication with culturally-diverse audiences, particularly experience with Alaska Native and rural communities is preferred.

    KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

    This person must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to communicate effectively using a variety of media, the ability to collect information through interviews and research, and exceptional editing skills.

    Knowledge of communications theory and application in research, execution and evaluation of communications functions, best practices and industry standards; applied knowledge in relevant computer operations and programs.

    Ability to work and solve problems independently. Ability to provide advice and guidance in relevant technical areas. Ability to conduct evaluations of technical (e.g. design, photography, videography) aspects of projects.

    The individual must have strong organizational skills, pay close attention to detail, work well independently as well as part of a team, and be able to remain flexible under frequent pressure of sudden deadlines, short-notice changes, and conflicting priorities. Ability to plan and budget annually for materials, equipment, and resources needed for communications projects. Ability to multitask and prioritize projects and activities. Ability to work within budget and time constraints.

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    In-design, Photoshop, WordPress, Microsoft Office, Google docs and sheets, digital photo management

    Required:

    Bachelor's degree in journalism, marketing, communications, marine science, fisheries, environmental science, natural resource management, or a related field; masters degree preferred.

    At least 3 years experience (beyond degree) in communications, media relations, public relations, or social marketing team conveying scientific or technical subjects to a wide, diverse audience. The applicant must have demonstrated the ability to communicate scientific material in a concise, clear and accessible manner to varied audiences using print, broadcast and social media.

    Exceptional writing and editing skills are required.

    Preferred:

    Experience with communication with culturally-diverse audiences, particularly experience with Alaska Native and rural communities is preferred.

    This is a full-time, Grade 79, minimum $25.82/hr, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

    Review Date:

    Review of applications will begin on Monday, August 10, 2020. To ensure consideration, please apply by Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM AKST. The position will remain open until filled.

    Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

    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.

    Affirmative Action Statement:

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

    Background Check:

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

    Probationary Period:

    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.

    Public Disclosure Statement:

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

    University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

    University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

    Training Policy:

    It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

    Contact Information:

    If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

    Advertised: 27 Jul 2020 Alaskan Daylight Time
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