Reporting to the director of communications, develop, create, and execute brand-relevant content across multiple platforms, consistent with PMEâ™s communications strategy. Primary focus will be research and education news.
Write compelling, factually accurate, and grammatically clean long-form and short-form copy, as well as effective headlines, taglines, and calls to action.
Produce visual assets â“ photography and/or video â“ that can be utilized across multiple channels, including web, social media, e-newsletters, print, etc.
Create relationships with key stakeholders, faculty, and departmental leadership to develop stories for external and internal audiences, and serve as the PME representative at bi-weekly University science communicator meetings
Develop and execute content for annual/quarterly PME reports and efficiently route content through the approvals process
Support the digital communications editor as needed with content for social media channels and internal newsletter and assist with creation of deanâ™s communications and crisis communications and manage the editorial calendar for PMEâ™s channels
Develop strategies to repurpose content to maximize its value, including working collaboratively across the University and with affiliated national laboratories to amplify PME-generated content through their channels.
Makes contributions to the media interface, including writing press releases, planning and organizing media coverage for major events, and crafting responses to sensitive or controversial issues.
Solves moderate to complex problems related to the writing, preparation, and/or delivery of information from or about the unit.
Performs other related work as needed.
Bachelorâ™s degree in journalism, communications, public relations, or a related field.
Five to seven years professional experience in journalism, communications, public relations, or a related field.
Experience working in higher education or non-profit.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
Familiarity with photography and photo editing software.
Familiarity with videography and video editing software.
Knowledge of Adobe and Microsoft Office suite.
Familiarity with content management systems, specifically Drupal.
Excellent writing, editing, time management, organizational, interviewing, creative problem-solving skills, and excellent attention to detail.
Experience in science journalism or communications, with a focus on translating technical research to a general audience.
Demonstrated expertise in developing user-focused content that follows brand, voice, tone, and visual guidelines.
Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with content management systems, email marketing platforms, and other digital communications platforms including SEO best practices, and proven photography and videography skill.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team, and with individuals at all levels of an organization.
Cover letter (required)
Writing sample - science or engineering content preferred (required)
Sample of graphic or digital art â“ image or video content (required)
List of 3 references (required)
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