Marine Research Specialist III
University of Rhode Island - Kingston, RI

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Applications will be reviewed beginning January 7, 2013, and continue until position is filled.

This position is limited to 10-19-2013 with extension contingent on funding.

Assists the Director of the Office of Marine Programs (OMP) in research, planning, and implementation of OMP's environmental, ocean and earth science-oriented engagement and communications projects, including research project management and proposal writing. Oversees and manages development of a wide range of written scientific content for a variety of audiences including scientific and public, and assists with proposal development efforts and reporting requirements. Manages relationships with scientific colleagues and acts as liaison between OMP Director and personnel, consultants, subcontractors, and collaborators involved in OMP projects. Responsible for managing multiple projects simultaneously, and may serve as co-principal investigator on proposals.

Serves as research project manager for OMP's externally-funded science engagement and communications projects.

Develops and coordinates a network of engagement liaisons and project leaders associated with OMP national and international projects and designs and implements training programs and resources to support engagement activities.

Keeps apprised of scientific developments and research results in OMP's areas of project responsibility, and works with scientific investigators and project leaders to interpret in writing their scientific findings as content for the Web, print materials, and video.

Assists in researching, editing, and writing research grant proposals as well as drafting and editing reports to funders. May be responsible as a co-principal investigator on proposals.

Manages externally-funded research project communications and engagement initiatives including developing, writing, and editing science content and updates for print, video and Web; utilizing social media and collaborative platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr; and tracking Web monitoring, analytics, and reporting capabilities through Google Alerts, Google Analytics, and Facebook Insights, etc.

Works with Director in coordinating and supervising subcontractor responsible for international media relations efforts.

Writes and/or edits and oversees production of OMP and externally-funded research project communications and informational materials, including press releases, videos, reports, displays and exhibits, letters, and Web content. Works with graphic designer and video producers on publications, videos, and science displays.

Develops work plans for efficient use of staff according to OMP's short-term and long-term needs and goals, including hiring, assigning, and supervising students and overseeing arrangements and serving as liaison with consultants and subcontractors.

Proposes new avenues for OMP activities for consideration by the Director.
Assists the Director in devising content and agendas for OMP engagement and communications programs and planning meetings and workshops.

May represent the PI at meetings and conferences as appropriate, including international travel.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Personal computers, printers, and display equipment; social media; word processing and spreadsheet software; valid passport.

Required Qualifications:
1) A bachelor's degree in geology, physics, chemistry, biology, marine science, or related science and at least four years of professional experience in science writing for public audiences (a bachelor's degree in journalism or related discipline is acceptable if candidate has a minimum of six years of professional science writing experience).

2) Demonstrated strong experience in scientific writing and editing, science content development for print, Web, and/or video.

3) Demonstrated experience and proficiency in writing and managing content for social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

4) Demonstrated strong organizational skills, and interpersonal, verbal, and electronic communication skills.

5) Demonstrated ability to work as a team member and to interact with scientific collaborators around the globe.

6) Demonstrated ability to supervise support staff, consultants, subcontractors, and interns.

7) Travel within the U.S. and internationally, as required.

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Preferred Qualifications:
1) Demonstrated grant proposal preparation experience.

2) Demonstrated practical knowledge of media relations.

3) Demonstrated experience working with production of science programming for television and/or radio, and meeting and event planning experience.

Environmental Conditions:
This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

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