[ES_JOBS_NET] Senior Science Writer and Public Information Officer, UCAR, Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Fri Dec 26 09:49:41 MST 2014



    *PLEASE NOTE:*This is a full-time regular replacement position.
    Applications for this position will be accepted on a continuous
    basis until the position is filled.

    UCAR President's Office - Communications

    Relocation benefits will be provided according to UCAR's relocation

    Basic Job Function: The Senior Science Writer and Public Information
    Officer works with the Director of Communications and Communications
    Team to elevate the scientific research profiles and reputations of
    the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and UCAR
    Community Programs (UCP). Reporting to the Director of
    Communications, the Senior Science Public Information Officer
    produces diverse and dynamic editorial content in line with the
    strategic priorities of the organization for a range of audiences.


    *Science Writer/Editor*

      * Serves as a lead writer for Communications science news
        vehicles, including/AtmosNews/. Writes articles based on
        in-person interviews, review of journal papers, and background
      * Responds to scientists and other subject matter experts in their
        review of editorial content to ensure accuracy. Helps edit
        content by other members of the Communications team.
        Incorporates edits/copyedits.
      * Writes social-media posts and checks posts for accuracy.


    *Editorial Direction*

      * Works with the Director of Communications, the Media Relations
        Manager and the Web/Social Media Manager to ensure the
        appropriateness of editorial direction and news coverage of the
        organization's weather, climate, and related atmospheric
        research, education, and service.
      * Manages the general planning and creation (writing, editing,
        image selection) of the organization's science news coverage,
        ensuring that the research is presented clearly, accurately, and
        relevant to key audiences.
      * Coordinates with media and web content managers to prioritize
        and align science coverage across Communications news and
        digital media vehicles.

    *Media Relations and Monitoring*

      * Participates as a member of the Communications news team.
        Gathers news, writes press releases, and helps plan media
        strategies. Maintains relationships with external journalists
        and scientists.
      * Acts as a backup in responding to media inquiries and working
        with film crews.
      * Monitors trends in science-related news coverage and in
        atmospheric and related science across the UCAR community.
        Monitors major weather and climate events relevant to UCAR/NCAR
        and its activities. Communicates important developments to
        writer/editors and other team members.

    *Image Selection*

      * Identifies and acquires images, graphics, and illustrations
        for/AtmosNews/science coverage and for other Communications
        products as needed.
      * Ensures that artwork is appropriate, of sufficient quality, and
        available for UCAR use.

    *Production Management*

      * Maintains the schedule of science coverage
        across/AtmosNews/Ensures that editorial production is
        synchronized with other tasks of writer/editor team and with
        news cycle, including scientific publication schedules, breaking
        events, and seasonal weather/climate phenomena.
      * Monitors and assists with all aspects of production, including
        illustration, copy editing, Web layout, proofreading,
        publication, and electronic distribution.


    Education and Experience:

    Graduate degree in journalism or communications and eight years'
    experience as a science public information officer/communicator in
    an academic or research organization or in a journalistic setting,
    or an equivalent combination thereof.


      * Ability to identify, gather, understand, assimilate, and
        coordinate complex scientific and technical information and to
        articulate it clearly and accurately for multiple audiences,
        including both lay and professional, and across multiple platforms.
      * Excellent understanding of the atmospheric sciences.
      * Advanced knowledge of journalism/mass communication standards
        and practices and related graphics, infographics, and
        electronic/social media standards and practices.
      * Highly developed news sense regarding appropriateness,
        relevance, and timeliness of topics and stories, and the ability
        to promote them with a variety of audiences.
      * Skill at interviewing scientific and technical professionals.
      * Highly developed interpersonal skills.
      * Advanced writing and editing skills.
      * High level of organizational skills, attention to detail, and
        ability to balance multiple tasks under tight deadlines.
      * Ability to work in a collaborative manner under deadline pressures.
      * Experience engaging with journalists, responding to media
        inquiries, pitching stories, and supporting scientists with
        media interviews.
      * Ability to interface and collaborate with peers at sister
        institutions, professional societies, and federal agencies, and
        to work internally with a variety of staff at all levels.

      * Ability to handle confidential and sensitive material with

    The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is
    an*equal opportunity employer*
    <http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf>. We
    evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color,
    religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status,
    sexual orientation, domestic partner status, disability, or veteran

Job Location
    Boulder, Colorado, United States
Position Type
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