University of Washington - Seattle, WA

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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Center for Clinical & Epidemiological Research (CCER), part of the Department of Epidemiology in the UW School of Public Health, has an outstanding 50% opportunity for a Public Information Specialist.

The Public Information Specialist will lead a wide range of research promotion efforts to enhance and increase awareness of the Center's work, reputation, and achievements in Native health and twin research among a variety of constituencies and audiences with the ultimate goal of these efforts being to improve and expand the research and other activities of the Center. With a focus on Native health and twin research and active projects at the local, regional, and national level, the Center faculty and staff work with diverse research partners ranging from internal (UW) researchers and government agencies to American Indian/Alaska Native communities and health researchers from other universities. This position works closely with the Center Director, Associate Director, and project leads to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate research promotion efforts and responds to inquiries from a wide variety of internal and external constituencies and audiences regarding Center research and other activities. Some research promotion efforts may be designed for Center-wide benefit while other efforts may be project-specific tasks outlined in research projects, such as creating advertisements and social media campaigns to recruit research subjects or carrying out in intervention that involves blog and social media elements

  • Partnership Support - Work closely with Center Director, Associate Director, and project leads to continuously cultivate relationships with current and future research partners. Work with Center faculty, staff, and research partners to mutually develop and implement policies, procedures, and strategies to optimize project-related research and administrative activities and address barriers to launching, maintaining, and completing successful research projects. Help create and maintain high integrity partnerships to facilitate collaborative and productive research projects. Facilitate discussions on improving, expanding, and creating new research projects.

  • PR, Marketing, and Branding - Identify stories on Center research and activities that have the best potential for attracting media coverage and market these stories to appropriate media. Work with Center Director, Associate Director, and project leads to develop and maintain information and materials for research-related requests from research partners, media, and other current and future Center constituents. Coordinate a range of Center documentation, communication material, and research promotion projects from concept to completion. Serve as liaison between the Center and diverse internal and external constituencies and audiences.

  • Website and Social Media - Manage the integration of the Center website, social media, and other research promotion efforts to ensure consistency and continuity. Work with Center Public Information Specialist, IT Specialist, and faculty and staff to produce website and social media content to enhance overall internal and external research promotion efforts ad translate and communicate Center mission, goals, projects and image to an appropriate and effective web and social media presence on internal and external websites. Serve as point of contact, research, and review for postings to internal and external websites. Consults with Center faculty and staff to identify, define, and review website and social media content and analytics to optimizing research promotion efforts.

  • Research Dissemination, Outreach, and Engagement - Work closely with Center Director, Associate Director, and project leads in the development and dissemination of research results, recommendations, meeting outcomes, project status, and findings for specific research projects, as well as branding of the Center as a whole.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    -Master's Degree in English, Communications, Social Science, Health Sciences, or other related field; And minimum of 5 years of outreach experience in scientific or technical fields
    -Ability to work independently on the basis of high-level guidelines
    -Exceptional writing, editing, and communication skills for both lay and scientific audiences
    -Excellent skills in graphic design and relevant imaging and publication software, such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Visio, and Microsoft Publisher

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

    -Plan branding of products, help establish short and long term communication goals and means to implement, make decisions regarding where a manuscript should be published in print or electronic, and be accountable for decisions
    -Create newsletter and identify ways information is spread in communities of interest
    -Experience in marketing and public relations
    -Experience in fundraising and development
    -Experience overseeing the written communications products of others and providing coaching when appropriate
    -Experience preparing and submitting formal applications for research funding

    Condition of Employment:

    A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.

    Application Process:
    Part of the application process for this position includes completing an on-line cover letter assessment as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessment(s) will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

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    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or .

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