Research Communications Coordinator

Urbana-Champaign, IL

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Description:
Research Communications Coordinator

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PRIMARY POSITION FUNCTION/SUMMARY:

To produce written science content, provide editorial services, and coordinate public engagement activities that support the research and outreach missions of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology in coordination with IGB leadership, staff, faculty, students, and community members. Work collaboratively and creatively to successfully complete large-scale projects, work independently to manage competing priorities, solve problems, and stay current with science and technology developments. Help educate internal and external audiences about IGB research through outreach activities, public engagement programs, and exposition.

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MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION :

  • Research, create and edit content for print and online publication. This includes articles on scientific research and researchers; coverage of events; interviews with researchers; social media content; creating press releases on awards, grants, and developments, and related responsibilities.
  • Work with Institute faculty to develop new sections for and to proof completed grant proposals.
  • Support communications functions by developing a variety of materials for print and web that increase the visibility, impact, and awareness of IGB efforts.
  • Write and edit science content to be used for outreach and education for a variety of venues, including online platforms, public events, targeted workshops, displays, and presentations.

OUTREACH AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT :

Work with faculty and independently to review syllabi and curriculum content for educational activities for diverse audiences.
Foster and maintain relationships with community members, organizations, faculty and staff, post-docs and students to review educational programming, meaningful outreach activities, and maintain the positive reputation of the IGB.
Collaborate with other campus units to create and provide interdisciplinary programming to members of the University and community.
Represent the IGB as needed. Involvement in tours of the IGB to visitors or provide an overview of the IGB at a campus outreach event.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

Required: Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, radio/television broadcasting, web/digital media, or a related field.
Preferred: Master’s degree
Experience:

Required: One (1) year (12 months) of professional work experience in public relations, journalism, social media communications, newspaper reporting, and radio/television broadcasting with emphasis on production, or web/digital media. Demonstrated experience creating content for print and online publication including scientific writing.
Preferred: Five years of experience in journalism and STEM field experience. Two years of experience in scientific writing. Experience in proposal writing, editing, and producing content accessible to a wide variety of audiences.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Excellent verbal communications skills. Microsoft Office skills. Attention to detail. Deadline-driven, as day-to-day work requires the ability to organize and coordinate multiple projects, work well under tight deadlines, and be prepared to respond quickly with agility to shifting priorities. Basic knowledge of life sciences and journalism practices.

Environmental Demands:

Flexible hybrid work schedules will be available.

SALARY AND APPOINTMENT INFORMATION

This is a full-time Civil Service Public Information Associate classification position appointed on a 12 month service basic. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Applications must be received by March 23, 2022. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu. If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.

Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.

Step 3) Upload the following documents:

cover letter
resume (months and years of employment must be included)
academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or copy of diploma may be acceptable) for all degrees attained. Academic credentials will be verified before hire.
names/contact information for three references

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact Jacinda King at 217-244-2276. For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

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The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

College Name or Administrative Unit:
OVRCI
Category:
2-Administrative
Title:
Research Communications Coordinator – Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (160829)
Open Date:
03/09/2022
Close Date:
03/23/2022
Organization Name:
Institute for Genomic Biology