Staff Writer (4017U) Job 2594 - Division of Data Science & Information - 2594
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 11/14/19
Formally established in July 2019, the Division of Data Science and Information is a dynamic, innovative unit created to meet the opportunities and demands of a world where data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence inform policy and practice in virtually every arena. The Division brings together faculty, researchers, and students from computing, statistics, the humanities, and social and natural sciences, mirroring the cross-cutting nature of data science. Core to our work is understanding how the digital revolution affects equity and opportunity and responding to these challenges. The Division connects the Data Science Education Program, School of Information, and Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Statistics. It also includes the Berkeley Institute for Data Science and Data Science Commons.
We are seeking a skilled storyteller to help amplify the Division's contributions in this emerging field.
35% Research, report, and write general stories (profiles, events, announcements) for the Division website and other publications; identify unique story ideas and content opportunities; maintain broad knowledge of developments within the Division as well as in data science and related fields.
35% Produce a broad range of compelling content designed to engage target audiences, including news releases, newsletter content, social media copy, images, infographics, and more. Prioritize multiple projects with overlapping deadlines.
10% Collaborate with relevant staff to develop creative promotion and distribution plans, craft compelling headlines, and ensure content is optimized for distribution in digital/traditional channels.
10% Assist as needed with other communications requirements, such as grant reports and materials for campaigns, CalDay, Commencement, etc.
5% Assist with archiving, organizing and managing digital assets.
5% Other writing and editing duties as assigned.
Exceptional writing skills.
Demonstrated ability to develop clear, compelling, and accurate content and meet deadlines.
Understanding of how to find, report, and produce stories that advance strategic priorities.
Ability to write about complex technical concepts in an engaging, accessible way; strong sense of narrative and the editorial skill to translate into meaningful stories.
Collaborative work style; ability to work outside regular work hours (breaking news, night events); ability to think quickly and creatively under pressure.
Hands-on experience with social platforms (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube).
At least three years of experience in a writing- and editing-intensive role
B.A. degree in journalism, communications, media production or related field, or equivalent experience
Experience with photo, video, or graphic tools
Passion for data science and related fields
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
The salary range designated for this position: $60,800 - $75,000; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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