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The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Community Communications Coordinator.
The Community Communications Coordinator will serve as a project communication specialist for two large, federally funded National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences centers, the Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics, and Environment (EDGE) and the Superfund Research Program (SRP) which are housed in the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. These complex centers facilitate collaboration among many investigators in different areas of research emphasis related to gene-environment interactions (EDGE) and the mechanisms of metal neurotoxicity in the context of disease susceptibility in humans and aquatic organisms (SRP).
The position will participate in research translation, community outreach, education, and research Support.
The Coordinator will work with the Director of the EDGE Community Outreach and Education Core (COEC), and the Director of the Superfund Research and Translation Core (RTC). The Directors' time on these projects is limited, therefore, the Community Communications Coordinator must have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, demonstrate initiative, and evidence the ability to integrate and communicate broader vision planning with the day-to-day details of running a complex outreach and education core.
The Community Communications Coordinator must also be proficient in expanding and nurturing diverse relationships internal to the UW, as well as external partners throughout the Northwest region.
Working independently, the Community Communications Coordinator will manage several on-going outreach and education projects with stakeholder groups around the region focusing on issues related to environmental health, education, and well-being. In this role, the Coordinator will work with investigators to communicate the results of studies associated with the centers to stakeholders with little or no science background, attend meetings and community events, connect research being conducted at the Centers with community needs, help develop research translation materials that are culturally appropriate, develop written communications (e.g., journal articles, literature reviews, meeting summaries, and progress reports) and assist with other tasks, as assigned.
Specific Duties include:
External Relations and Linkage to EDGE & SRP Missions and Deliverables:
Under the limited guidance of the COEC and RTC Directors, work with EDGE and RTC faculty and staff teams to devise external relationship/partnership strategies in keeping with the mission and deliverables of these Centers' federal funding. Stakeholder groups will include regional Tribal representatives, environmental health organizations and non-profits; government agency representatives; academic scholars from other institutions, etc. Activities include:
Work with center investigators to develop research translation material to communicate the results of studies associated with the centers to stakeholders with little or no science background;
Perform assessment of region's stakeholders in environmental and public health fields;
Develop strategic plan to connect and sustain relationships with key partners;
Coordinate region-wide meetings attended by stakeholders and members of these Centers;
Develop and implement stakeholder specific needs assessment; perform data analysis of needs assessment results and translate into a draft plan to address these needs over the five year funding;
Publish results of the needs assessment; and
Draft evaluation strategies to implement after selected conclusion points in the relationship building, needs assessment and project implementation phases.
Training and Workshops
Coordinate, conduct and evaluate workshops on environmental health and science communication working closely with external advisory groups, Northwest teachers, and members of the EDGE and SRP;
Visit regional middle and high schools and assist with curricula dissemination, implementation and evaluation as part of the Academy for Teaching about Health and Environment Associations (ATHENA) program;
Attend regional conferences, prepare and provide presentations regarding COEC and RTC activities. Plan and implement annual moderate and potentially large-scale conferences reflecting the results and work related to the initial needs assessments;
Conduct workshops for graduate students and environmental health professionals to prepare them to use COEC and RTC generated outreach materials and effectively communicate with non-scientist audiences;
Coordinate and implement various projects ranging in size, scope and participants as an outcome of the external relationship building and needs assessment results; and
Present at regional and national conferences on COEC and RTC activities and effective public engagement strategies.
General Program Duties
Facilitate regular team meetings, including scheduling, agendas, and minutes, including follow-up on action items;
Coordinate the Community Advisory Board (CAB) quarterly meetings, including scheduling and communication with CAB members;
Manage all budgets and accounts, in coordination with the Center Administrator;
Contribute to proposals and grants for additional program funding by participating in the development team, generating ideas and projects based on relationships with external partners; and write narrative sections of grants and reports;
Prepare reports and articles to communicate progress of projects to various internal and external stakeholders;
Contribute to the implementation of an existing communication strategy to reach various constituents and partners utilizing a range of media, including a quarterly newsletter, regular blog, and weekly social media contributions; and
Publish and supervise promotion of program activities through media campaigns.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
MA in Science Policy, Environmental Health, Journalism, Public Health, education or a related field plus a minimum of two years experience in science journalism covering issues related to health and the environment.
Excellent communication skills; experience assisting with the planning and writing of research grants; project design, development, planning, event planning, grant reporting, communicating science to the general public, and experience in a university academic or similar research setting. The candidate must also have excellent organizational and communication skills (both written and verbal) and be comfortable working with a diverse group of community partners. Required computer skills including Microsoft Office products.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Strong foundation in basic science, especially in the areas of genomics, toxicology and environmental health.
Some experience with curriculum development and using social media to communicate with stakeholder groups is also preferred.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
Applicants must be willing to travel several times per year on a local, regional, and national level.
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