[ECOLOG-L] Job Opportunity: Communications Officer for the LTER National Communications Office

Communications Officer for the
New Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) National
Communications Office


The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis is
seeking a seasoned science communications professional to help
lead the new LTER National Communications Office in Santa Barbara,
California. This is a great opportunity to shape the
communications effort across the 25 sites of the LTER Network!

The National Science Foundation’s LTER Program was established
in 1980 to study ecological processes operating on
decadal-to-century time scales. The program now includes a
network of 25 diverse sites and engages thousands of researchers
and students. The mission of the newly created LTER National
Communications Office (LNCO) is to foster and coordinate
research, education, and outreach activities across the LTER
Network. The LNCO Chief Communications Officer will lead LNCO
communications activities to enhance awareness and understanding
of LTER research and applications both within the LTER community
and across diverse constituencies and stakeholders.

Job Description:

This individual will have lead responsibility for developing
and coordinating communications across the LTER network, will
serve as the point of contact between the LNCO and LTER
community, supervise communications and outreach staff and
interns, and work with the LNCO Director and other team members
to ensure that all communication functions of the LNCO are
operating efficiently and effectively. Key audiences for
communications and synthesis efforts include: LTER network of
scientists, NSF funding officers and LTER governance, the
scientific community at large, and the public.

• Develop and maintain close working familiarity with the LTER
network of scientists and key stakeholders;
• Collaborate in development and implementation of a high-impact
LNCO communications strategy;
• Promote the mission and research and education accomplishments
of the LTER network;
• Train and supervise 3-4 part time professional graduate
science communication interns who will assist in communication
• Oversee design and implementation of an LNCO website, develop
website content, oversight of Twitter and other social media;
• Cultivate and coordinate media outreach and placement;
• Collaborate with staff at LTER sites to develop communication
and promotional materials for the LTER Network;
• Coordinate communications efforts and foster collaboration
with and among LTER sites, and with the broader research and
education community;
• Collaborate in use of innovative virtual interaction
strategies to enable communication and strengthen relationships
among LTER sites;
• Evaluate the success and efficacy of communication materials
and strategies;
• Support outreach and education events and general program
• Collaborate with other LNCO lead staff in research, education
and training; and program evaluation.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Four or more years as a communications professional, or
comparable relevant experience;
• Demonstrated effectiveness in media, journalism,
communication, public relations, social media, or other related
field, proven success with the high profile media;
• Demonstrated ability to organize information (e.g., web
content) in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and
enhances accessibility and usability;
• Expertise with internet-based communication technologies,
including social media, new platforms for science publishing,
video conferencing, web-based streaming, and web discussion
• Familiarity with standard document, graphic design,
publishing, and web content management software.

Additional Qualifications:
• Familiarity with ecological science and environmental issues;
• PhD or Masters degree in science communication, environmental
communication, science journalism, environmental science or a
related field;
• Strong networking and relationship-building skills and
interest in building broad collaborations;
• Ability to manage several projects/tasks at the same time;
• Able to work well with a wide range of constituencies,
including governmental bodies, non-governmental organizations,
industry, and communities;
• Able to work effectively both independently and
• Ability to translate complex scientific information and
concepts to a variety of audiences, including the general public


Please apply online at
http://ift.tt/1JDGaOv You will need your
most recently updated curriculum vitae, cover letter and three
references (contact information only)

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