[ES_JOBS_NET] Senior Science Writer and Public Information Officer, UCAR, Boulder, CO
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.
* 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.
* Writes social-media posts and checks posts for accuracy.
* 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
* 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.
* 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.
* 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
* 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*
evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status,
sexual orientation, domestic partner status, disability, or veteran
Boulder, Colorado, United States
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