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The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook Communications Specialist in Stony Brook, New York

Required Qualifications(Evidenced by an attached resume):

Bachelor's degree(or foreign equivalent)or higherin Journalism, Communications, or Science related field.Two years of full-time experience working in a communications or public relations capacity.Experience writing and copy editing feature stories or other written content that aligns with the strategic objectives of an organization.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree (or foreign equivalent) or higherin Coastal Science, Marine Science or Aquatic-related field.Experience in a communications role in a science field, eg. Biology, Coastal Science, Marine Science, Environmental or Aquatic-related field.

Oral, written and interpersonal communication and presentation skills with a service-oriented attitude.Experience using Content Management Systems or similar to assist with the development of new web structures, pages and content.

Experience in communications or media relations in a higher education or a non-profit organization.Experience with magazine and newsletter (paper and electronic) publications.Experience in assisting with website and social media content.

Experience with digital communications strategies and other new media for communications.Understanding of effective graphic design, branding principles and marketing.Experience with design, image and video editing software.

Brief Description of Duties:

The Communications Specialist, who will be supervised by New York Sea Grant's Communications Manager, will assist with the program's website re-design and maintenance, including keeping content fresh and updated, and incorporating latest technology and other communications techniques.The Communications Specialist will also include support for social media posting and content as well as taking on obligations addressing coastal extension, education and research staff needs for communications, (e.g. features, photo stories, articles, interviews, press and media releases, and case studies showcasing NYSG communities, people, partners, programs, and projects). The Communications Specialist will also be responsive to general program-wide communications requirements as needed and appropriate.The successful candidate would have a demonstrated ability to communicate research, extension, outreach, and education projects to a variety of audiences that would be reflective of NYSG's coastal stakeholders and partners, and be able to translate that information through a diverse set of communications platforms and products. Preferably they will have knowledge of Sea Grant, but not a requirement. They will have the ability to work independently, but within the context of being a member of an integrated and collaborative NYSG team.


Support overall NYSG communications portfolio needs across all program divisions, strategic plan focus areas, and program geographies through:

Writing (e.g. science, extension, education)

Copy editing of content and products developed by staff in all program divisions

Graphic design and layout (e.g. for website, infographics, other printed products)

End-to-end product development (e.g. brochures, one pagers, program synthesis documents, videos, newsletter)

Program reporting materials (e.g. "Impacts and Accomplishments" for NOAA Sea Grant's Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation Resources (PIER) system. This data, which could include content related to the program's strategic plan, projects and funding as well as project results, can be rolled up to tell a national story.)

Assist in creation and maintenance of a living communications strategic plan with input from staff, supervision from the Communications Manager and oversight from the Director.

Serve as a point of contact for and communication support to extension, education, and outreach staff. Coordinate and assist in communication planning (e.g. outreach, products, events, swag etc.) for events/activities.

Website / Social Media:

Assist with coordination and implementation of plans related to NYSG's website redesign and maintenance. Work through a program-wide collaborative process when assisting in the redesign. Once updates are completed, assist in maintaining site relevance and timely information products and stories, including on individual Extension Specialist pages (requires ability to work in Content Management System platforms).

In consultation with relevant staff, develop content, distribute, and track NYSG social media postings (on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/ or YouTube).

Media Relations:

In consultation with relevant staff, develop, distribute, and track NYSG press releases, stories, and news items; Solicit and facilitate media interviews for specified NYSG projects and activities.

Administrative Liaison:

Play an active role in the Sea Grant Communicators Network, working with the Communicators in other state Sea Grant programs on issues/projects of common interest and benefit; Also, collaborate to find synergies between University-wide marketing and communications efforts. Participate on University-wide committees and task forces to enhance visibility and reputation throughout the University and beyond.

Other duties as assigned.

Special Notes: The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation. Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines and the availability of funding. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.

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Official Job Title:Editor II
Job Field:Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)
Primary Location:US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area:Sea Grant-The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Schedule:Full-timeShift:Day ShiftShift Hours:8:30- 5:00

Posting Start Date:Feb 22, 2021
Posting End Date:Mar 9, 2021, 4:59:00 AM
Salary:Commensurate with experience
Salary Grade:E4
Appointment Type:Regular

Equal Opportunity Employer, females, minorities, disabled, veterans.