Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
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The College of the Environment has an outstanding opportunity for a part time 50%FTE NW Climate Science Center Communications Manager. This person will develop and implement the communications program of the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC). The NW CSC is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers dedicated to delivering science that helps wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a changing climate. Established by the Department of Interior (DOI) in 2010, the NW CSC is newly hosted by the University of Washington's College of the Environment, Climate Impacts Group, which leads a multi-university consortium including Boise State University, University of Montana, Washington State University and Western Washington University. Research at the NW CSC provides objective scientific information and tools that Northwest managers of land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.
The Climate Impacts Group (CIG; http://www.cig.uw.edu) is an interdisciplinary center within the University of Washington's College of the Environment, and part of the UW's innovative new environmental institute, EarthLab. The NW CSC will also be housed under EarthLab, with shared staffing and collaborative efforts around communications strategies.
Working with the UW director and deputy director of the NW CSC, as well as the CIG Strategic Communications Lead, the incumbent will have primary responsibility to develop and implement the NW CSC communications program; assess efficacy and salience of existing communications activities and products; develop and deliver strategic, targeted, and tailored communications products; track and evaluate communications success; and revise approaches as warranted. This position requires regular and timely communication with the federal partners regarding the research and program efforts of the NW CSC. The incumbent will actively support NW CSC co-production, education, training and engagement activities, e.g., by supporting NW CSC Fellows' training in communication and evaluation. S/he will coordinate with and leverage the efforts of USGS and UW communications professionals (including at the UW Climate Impacts Group, College of the Environment and UW media relations), leverage resources and assuring mutual benefit, and ensure compliance with USGS, DOI and UW communication requirements.
Job Duties: Communications Program:
Based on the NW CSC communications strategy, develop existing and new products (e.g., written materials, visualizations, infographics) and outreach opportunities (e.g., in-person meetings, webinars, email lists) to improve the NW CSC's engagement across a range of stakeholders.
Working under the guidance of the CIG Strategic Communications Lead, ensure that all NW CSC communications products align with the overall communications strategies and products of EarthLab and the CIG.
Develop and deliver strategic, targeted, and tailored communications products, e.g., o research, write, edit, and publish web articles about the NW CSC and NW CSC-funded research and activities o state of science updates, based on published papers o develop materials and graphics for web-based and print communications products and for public presentations.
Responsible for the regular reporting of NW CSC activities and accomplishments through annual reports, developing USGS highlights, writing print and e-newsletters and sharing success stories.
Maintain an up-to-date NW CSC website and oversee ongoing technical website maintenance.
Work with others to proofread, edit and lay-out documents for clarity, accuracy, and effectiveness. Education and Training:
Support the communications training and activities of NW CSC graduate and postdoctoral fellows, e.g., working with Fellows individually and through trainings to develop communications strategies and products; leverage communications trainings and associated activities at consortium partner institutions Evaluation/Regional and National CSC Collaboration:
Evaluate effectiveness of communications program and products and revise approaches as needed.
Coordinate and collaborate with USGS and UW communications professionals (including at the UW Climate Impacts Group, College of the Environment and UW media relations), leveraging resources and assuring mutual benefit.
Ensure compliance with USGS, Department of Interior and UW communication requirements.
Regularly participate in CSC network staff calls
Other duties as assigned
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Bachelor's degree, preferably in an area of science related to climate change (earth science, atmospheric science, oceanography, biology, civil engineering, etc.)
At least two years' experience working in science communications or writing.
Familiarity with content management systems (e.g., WordPress, Drupal), other technical aspects of maintaining online material, and MS Office Suite and presentation software;
Experience creating graphics and document layout using multimedia publishing tools including the Adobe Creative Suite
Familiarity with climate change issues and contexts
Proven experience in developing and creating targeted communications materials that translate technical or scientific information for a range of audiences
Fluency in maintaining and growing social media networks
Project and meeting coordination experience, with proven attention to detail
Strong organizational skills, attention to consistency and detail and insistence on scientific and technical accuracy
Excellent writing and editing skills
Commitment to a collaborative, team environment
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
3-5 years' experience working in a communications role at a research organization, public sector agency, or environmental non-governmental organization
Broad knowledge of climate science, climate impacts science and issues and concerns relevant to climate resilience in the PNW. Expertise in the communication of climate science, risks and responses.
Substantive understanding of the political dimensions of climate change science and outreach
Experience and interest in working with scientists, in an academic setting, and in partnership with a federal agency
Experience facilitating meetings and workshops and designing communications training materials
Familiar with designing evaluations and defining success metrics for communications programs and utilizing standard analytical tools (e.g. Google Analytics) Culture of the NW CSC at UW: Qualities and attributes that are part of our culture and highly valued include:
Being timely and professional in all interactions
Treating others with dignity and respect
Taking leadership and initiative
Holding sensitive information in confidence
Being willing to pitch in as needed to ensure success of team
Maintaining a sense of humor Equivalent education/experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
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Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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