[ES_JOBS_NET] Web Content Editor, NEON, Boulder, Colorado
christin at ucar.edu
Tue Sep 23 06:32:10 MDT 2014
Web Content Editor
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a $430 million
dollar observatory project dedicated to understanding how changes in
climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology. For the next
three decades NEON will collect a comprehensive range of ecological data
on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US
ecosystems. NEON will use cutting edge technology including an airborne
observation platform that will capture images of regional landscapes and
vegetation; mobile, re-locatable, and fixed data collection sites with
automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained
field crews who will observe and sample populations of diverse organisms
and collect soil and water data. A leading edge cyber-infrastructure
will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory will
grow to 300+ personnel and will be the first of its kind designed to
detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.
The Web Content Editor manages content for the NEON website and
coordinates all aspects of NEON's online presence. In addition, ensures
that website content is accurate, up-to-date, and reflects a consistent
NEON voice. This role will collaborate with the technical team in order
to maintain and revise website functionality; troubleshoot user
interface problems; and improve user experiences.
The Web Content Editor will be a part of the NEON Education and Public
Engagement department and will work out of NEON HQ offices in Boulder,
*_Essential Duties and Responsibilities:_*
. Identify new content needs based upon community and stakeholder input.
. Write and/or acquire, edit, and proofread site content from various
science, education and engineering departments.
. Manage a schedule of content updates, and overseeing publication of
content to the website.
. Identify and support social media strategies necessary to promote NEON
online resources to a broad set of audiences.
. Plan, produce, and manage content for NEON's website, including
scientific and technical information about NEON science topics,
educational resources and opportunities, and community resources
. Develop and revise website content -- text, images, multimedia,
calendar, blog, etc. -- using a Content Management System interface
(most often through Drupal and LifeRay).
. Consider SEO (search engine optimization) in content delivery approaches.
. Source images, artwork, multimedia, photographs and other supporting
. Develop social media strategies that support promotion of key NEON
online content to broad audiences.
. Coordinate and manage web projects across departments.
. Copyedit and proofread web content.
. Ensure a consistent NEON voice and accurate, up-to-date information
throughout the website.
. Develop and manage a schedule of web content updates/additions from
assignment/writing to editing to posting on website, including liaising
with other internal departments and community partners.
. Interface with technical team to maintain and revise website
. Track, report and assess website use metrics to support improved
website and social media content delivery strategies.
. Follow department and NEON policy and procedures.
*_Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills:_*
. Bachelor's degree in Journalism, English, Technical Writing,
Communication, Marketing or related field. Equivalent education and
experience may be considered.
. Three (3) or more years of experience writing, editing, and managing
. Experience working within web content management systems.
. Highly effective writing and editing skills, including an
understanding of writing for the Web and SE) (search engine
optimization), in order to provide consistent and articulate web
presence for NEON.
. Interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with scientists,
designers, educators and other content contributors.
. Experience using organizational and time-management skills to collate
materials from multiple sources and produce web content within specified
. Ability to balance self-directed work, while being an effective member
of an interdisciplinary team.
. Ability to write and edit scientific information for a general audience
. Basic knowledge of HTML / CSS to input content into web editing software.
. Knowledge of key social media platforms (Twitter, Flickr, blogs,
Facebook, LinkedIn) and impact on web presence.
. Knowledge of web analytics software.
*_Preferred Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills:_*
. Familiarity with Drupal and Liferay.
. Expertise in CMS content development.
. Education / experience in the area of ecology / science.
. Experience with scientific data visualization.
. Experience developing / managing the development of websites that are
known for with visually appealing and usable interfaces.
. Experience managing web projects for science-focused audiences.
Must have permanent authorization for US employment.
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