Science Translator and Communications Specialist; Oklahoma

South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK
Job Category
Full time Positions
$40,000 - $45,000 based on experience
Last Date to Apply
The Science Translator & Communications Specialist will work with the Assistant Director and other South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) staff to ensure the science generated by the research team is accessible and useful to various audiences including resource managers, tribal partners, and the general public. The position will be located in our main office at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Duties for this position include: - Provide researchers and CASC staff with trainings and educational material about effective communication - Assist researchers to develop communications material for their research project(s) - Engage with the Communities of Practice and Research Affiliates to understand their communications needs and build a relationship with the research teams to improve internal and external communications - Implement and update, as needed, the Strategic Communications Plan - Develop and curate content for social media, monthly newsletter, and the website - Submit research and event highlights to the National CASC from the South Central CASC consortium - Evaluate the effectiveness of our communications products (e.g., flyers, presentations, events, reports, newsletter, etc.) - Consider and suggest improvements to our internal (intra-office) communications - Provide copy/edit support for climate adaptation report documents and presentations as requested - Provide South Central CASC staff with guidance about CASC branding for communications materials - Assist the Climate Extension Specialist (and others) in synthesizing CASC research and developing communications materials to highlight key results - Assist in annual reporting efforts as requested - Assist in event planning (e.g., Fall Science Meeting, Climate 101s, webinars, etc.) - Identify speakers for and promote the Southern Plains Climate Science Webinars or similar programs to build external communication - Work with communications counterparts across the network to ensure consistent CASC messaging across the Nation Understand effective communications techniques by engaging in ongoing learning efforts (e.g., attending workshops, reading latest literature, etc.) - Understand the communications needs of our diverse audiences, including resource managers (e.g., DOI agencies, state agencies, tribes, private landowners, etc.)
Required Qualifications  Strong written and oral communication skills.  Detail oriented for accuracy of data and information.  Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects and deadlines.  Must be able to read and interpret policy as well as State and Federal regulations.  Able to effectively evaluate projects/programs and produce comprehensive reports.  Composition and editing skills.  Must have the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.  Experience working on a PC or Mac computer operating system Preferred Qualifications  Experience in communications-related field (e.g., journalism, visual communications, or similar).  Interest or familiarity in climate/weather science, science communication, or environmental science.  Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite.  Familiarity with story maps using ArcGIS online.  Experience in web design, preferably WordPress.  Experience with video editing
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