Science Communications Coordinator

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 118061
Title: Coordinator
Functional Title: Science Communications Coordinator
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: CMNS-National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Location: Annapolis, Maryland
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is seeking a full-time, experienced science communications professional to lead communications activities. The primary focus of the Science Communications Coordinator is to enhance awareness and understanding of SESYNC research and opportunities within the community of socio-environmental scientists, scientific knowledge users, and policy makers. The Science Communications Coordinator will have lead responsibility for developing and coordinating communications across SESYNC’s research network and with the educated public. S/he will:
- Collaborate in development and implementation of a high-impact SESYNC communications strategy;
- Develop and maintain close familiarity with SESYNC-supported research projects and key stakeholders;
- Serve as point of contact between SESYNC-supported researchers and the media;
- Coordinate communications efforts and foster collaboration with and among research teams, their home institutions, and with the broader research and education community;
- Promote the mission and research accomplishments of the SESYNC network;
- Cultivate and coordinate media outreach and placement of SESYNC results and opportunities;
- Collaborate with SESYNC staff and postdocs to develop communications and promotional materials;
- Ensure consistency of language and presentation in SESYNC’s outreach and communications materials;
- Evaluate the success and efficacy of communication materials and strategies;
- Support outreach and education events and general programs including organizing and running the weekly seminar series.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree.

At least three years of experience in science communications to include science writing for the educated public, strategic use of social media, and content management or other forms of web publishing.

Creative self-starter with a passion for and experience in science writing.

Possess excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to manage multiple projects; the ability to interact effectively with researchers, administrators, and the press; and, a demonstrated record of completing assignments.


Strong interest and understanding of environmental science; demonstrated ability to interact with university administrators and faculty; photography/multimedia skills; experience with desktop publishing/graphic design are preferred.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

For best consideration, apply by May 18, 2018.

In addition to a cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample, we also are requiring examples of graphic design and/or photography (Supplemental Document #1)

Minimum salary starts at $53,431 and will be commensurate with experience.

Posting Date: 04/26/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 05/18/2018
Physical Demands

Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample 1
  4. Supplemental Document 1
  5. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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