The communicator is responsible for telling the story of the VSAREC to a local, state, and international audience by writing articles and contributing to the VT news, social media, websites, CALS and VT publications, and other outlets.
Working collaboratively with VSAREC faculty and the Virginia Tech communications and marketing team, this person will produce and supply content to be used on the web and social media channels to tell the story of VSAREC researchers and actively pitch those stories to the media.
This person will also assist with updating and managing content for the VSAREC website.
Similarly, the communicator will find and report on stories that show the breadth and impact of VSAREC programs that will be used on the web, in magazines, and on social media.
The communicator will collaborate with the Virginia Tech communications and marketing team to ensure a steady stream of content is being provided for web and social media updates. This person will also collaborate with VSAREC partners and project sponsors, such as Virginia Sea Grant and the Center for Coastal Studies, to support outreach and dissemination of project deliverables and outputs.
This position will report to the Assistant Director and Director of the VSAREC and will be located at the VSAREC in Hampton, Virginia.
Virginia Tech is unable to sponsor applicants for work visas for this vacancy.
Review of Applications begins 11/13/20
• Experience working in communications, public relations, journalism or related field
• A degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or equivalent experience
• Experience writing about scientific issues for non-scientific audiences
• Experience writing and producing public-facing content
• Editing experience
• Experience working with the media to get stories before a wider audience
• Experience collaborating with a larger communications team to ensure messages are reiterated and carried across various channels
• Experience in higher education
• Working knowledge of aquaculture and fisheries
• Working knowledge of Virginia Cooperative Extension and 4-H