Communication and Outreach Director, North Pacific Research Board, Anchorage, AK
The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) in Anchorage sponsors research relating to the fisheries and marine ecosystems in the North Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean, and is seeking a skilled science communicator to fill the full-time, exempt position of Communication and Outreach Director.
This position will be responsible for directing the communication and outreach programs of NPRB (http://www.nprb.org), working with funded researchers on outreach for the annually funded science projects and sharing research results from the integrated ecosystem research projects – the Bering Sea Project (http://bsierp.nprb.org), the Gulf of Alaska Project (http://gulfofalaska.nprb.org) and Arctic initiatives (http://arctic.nprb.org).
The Communication and Outreach Director oversees five communication and outreach programs,
- NPRB communication and branding (photo contest, calendar, reports, displays, media etc.)
- Science program outreach (projects funded via annual requests for proposals, graduate student research awards, research summaries, synopses, etc.)
- Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Project communication and outreach
- Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystem Project communication and Outreach
- Arctic initiatives
The Communication and Outreach Director will set strategic annual communication goals, build synergies and leverage resources with other organizations, reach out to communities and ensure the highest quality communication for NPRB.
This position will also be responsible for the web, social media, video and image library projects, including:
- Leading the website revision planning and implementation and overseeing the transfer information to new sites
- Coordinating the writing of web stories for all NPRB websites related to ecosystem projects and regular science programs; track and report on website metrics
- Oversee the implementation of an appropriate social media presence for NPRB
- Work with staff to ensure the timely appearance of blogs on the Gulf of Alaska Project website during 2013 field season (Apr – Oct)
- Work with outside design consultant and NPRB staff to develop and maintain an organized, searchable in-house image library, using cataloging software such as MediaPro
- Oversee the development and monitoring of a system for off-site digital upload of annual photo contest entries into the NPRB photo library system
- Oversee the collection and organization of images from researchers to accompany research stories in print and online
- Oversee the input and organization of metadata for existing and new image files. Work with NPRB staff and stakeholders to keep tags, keywords and other elements related to files up-to-date and searchable
- Coordinate staff working on all photo library usage, insuring proper credit is given and making others aware of potential copyright issues
- Coordinate the annual photo contest
- Edit YouTube style videos and set up and maintain the NPRB YouTube Channel
The Communication and Outreach Director will also help guide researchers in outreach activities and share research results including:
- Work with scientists and NPRB Program Managers to write and/or edit and proofread research stories, project synopses, research summaries, calendars, reports and other content as needed;
- Oversee the set up and staffing of NPRB displays at science and educational conferences;
- Assist with planning and hosting communication workshops at the annual Alaska Marine Science Symposium and educational professional development workshops;
- Other duties as requested.
The Communication and Outreach Director will work in the Anchorage office under the supervision of the Science Director, and will work closely with the entire science team and contractors such as designers and editors.
- Candidates should demonstrate success in leading science communication programs and a solid working knowledge of marine science.
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, or marine science and a proven track record in communications with at least five years of experience in leading science communication programs and communicating science to public audiences. Familiarity with Alaska’s marine ecosystems is preferred.
- Experience interpreting ocean science, consulting with scientific investigators, and translating research findings for appropriate audiences.
- Knowledge of science communication principles, media, and public education techniques.
- Advanced knowledge of common web editing tools, social media, Internet resources, system management on server-client systems, communications software, and networking solutions.
- Proficiency in MS Office, Dreamweaver/Contribute, web content-management systems, iMovie, Photoshop, Bridge, Final Cut, MediaPro and HTML preferred.
- A motivated, self-starter with a positive attitude and ability to work well in a small team environment, capacity to multi-task, superior writing and communication skills, and a strong interest in the marine sciences also required.
Application: Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history, three writing samples written for different audiences, and contact information for three work-related references no later than March 15, 2013. Please send electronic versions of these documents to:
Human Resources Attn: Cindy Ecklund
PO Box 1329
Seward, AK 99664-1837
Inquiries may be directed to Francis Wiese, Science Director (email@example.com, 907-644-6713) or Carrie Eischens, Senior Program Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org, 907-644-6712). Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2013 with an anticipated start date of May 1, 2013.
Further information about NPRB is available at http://www.nprb.org