Science Writer and Content Specialist – S015457

Position Summary

Working with the Communications and Marketing Manager, the Science Writer and Content Specialist is responsible for content and communication opportunities in support of RENCI’s internal and external strategic goals and the strategic goals of UNC-Chapel Hill. Anticipated 20-30 hours per week.

Primary Duties:
80% – Write, edit, and distribute RENCI news and feature releases, as well as other public communications. Write, edit, and disseminate appropriate articles, white papers, proposals, etc. Effectively promote RENCI’s impact and value through all communications and marketing efforts (e.g., websites, print publications, electronic presentations, etc.).
Organize content for and produce multiple newsletters in support of RENCI and its affiliates. Maintain familiarity with newsletter production systems such as Mailchimp.
Collaborate with communications and project management team members on media and research project relations, helping to facilitate requests for interviews and develop story information.

20% – Develop and maintain timely web content.
Assist in content development for secondary RENCI websites, project websites and partner sites, including content development and organization and branding.
Maintain, monitor, and update web information and services.
Maintain familiarity with content management systems such as WordPress.

Educational Requirements

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Preferred: Degree in journalism, communications, or a related field. At least two years of professional experience in a communications position. Training or experience in science and research and/or education is advantageous and viewed favorably.

Qualifications and Experience

Specialized knowledge in communication and outreach. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to write and edit scientific news and feature stories, as well as academic presentations and reports. Ability to foster and maintain collaborations with both academic and industrial researchers. Working knowledge of web and newsletter communications technologies. Interpersonal communication, human relations, and team building skills. Project management skills.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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