University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 92717



Working Title:
Science Communicator
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
Bachelor's degree in public relations, journalism, communications or a related field. Master's degree in a science discipline or a related field is preferred. Experience in science writing is preferred.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Minimum of four years professional experience working in journalism, public relations or a position requiring strong written and verbal communications skills (or an equivalent combination of education and experience). In addition, the successful candidate must demonstrate:

* Ability to develop messages and communicate scientific material in a concise, clear and accessible manner using a broad range of platforms to varied audiences.
* Ability to determine the most effective tools to communicate, with an emphasis on social media.
* Well-developed media relations skills.
* Organizational skills to lead the planning and execution of multiple projects.
* Attentiveness to detail and adherence to all deadlines.
* The ability to work productively and successfully with diverse people and groups.
  Position Summary:
 This position will report to the Assistant Director for Communications of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Aquatic Sciences Center (ASC), which administers two statewide programs of multidisciplinary research, education and outreach dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of the Great Lakes, inland surface waters and groundwater resources. Serving as a science communicator the primary position responsibilities include producing a wide variety of information on Great Lakes and water resources topics and ASC activities for social media platforms, news releases, magazine articles, fact sheets, websites, booklets and other communications vehicles and preparing and participating in preparation of special ASC projects.
Principal duties:
50% Support the Aquatic Sciences Center (ASC) and its Sea Grant Institute and Water Resources Institute research, education and outreach missions by serving as a member of the Communications section. Research, write, edit and produce a wide variety of information on Great Lakes and water resources topics and ASC activities for social media platforms, news releases, magazine articles, fact sheets, websites, booklets and other communications vehicles as needed. Some of this may be in collaboration with program scientists, outreach specialists and institute staff. Strategize and implement various media relations efforts to further build water science literacy and highlight ASC work and overall mission to varied audiences. Apply project management skills to ensure the creation of timely and effective communication products.

40% Prepare special ASC communications products and participate in preparation of special ASC projects as they develop. Such projects may include but are not limited to working directly with Sea Grant and Water Resources scientists, outreach specialists and staff to develop proposals for external funding, research/outreach conferences and educational/outreach activities.

10% Other duties as assigned.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

  Employee Class:
 Academic Staff
Department(s):VCRGE/AQUA SCI
Full Time Salary Rate:Minimum $44,526 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term:This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:DECEMBER 27, 2017
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: DECEMBER 18, 2017
You will be asked to upload a resume, cover letter, a document containing names and contact information for three references, and a document containing up to three writing samples (upload references and writing samples under "Other" Application Document).
Questions about the position can be directed to:
Linda Campbell
Phone: 608-263-3259
1975 Willow Dr   
Fax: N/A
267 Scott H Goodnight Hall   
Madison, WI 53706-1103   
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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NOTE: Please indicate in writing if you request that your identity be kept confidential. If you do not indicate your preference to remain confidential, the University may be required to disclose your identify and/or application materials. The identity of finalists and successful candidates will be revealed upon request. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).  

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.