POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Science Communication & Outreach Specialist

COMPASS (Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea) is recruiting a Science Communication & Outreach Specialist to be based in the Washington, DC metro area (Silver Spring, MD). COMPASS helps scientists find their voice and science find its audience. COMPASS bolsters scientists’ communication skills and facilitates strategic connections with the media, decision-makers, and other scientists to ensure that research is better understood and used by society. COMPASS is a group of passionate people working to advance ocean science and ensure it is effectively shared. We act as coaches, collaborators, and liaisons helping scientists find their place in news coverage, policy decisions, and public discussions. Our science-based organization is a small group of about a dozen energetic, innovative, and hard-working individuals based in academic institutions and organizations on the East and West Coasts. We welcome applications from talented, motivated self-starters with a background in science/journalism/science communication, and look forward to hearing about the passion and expertise you will bring to our mission. The Science Communication & Outreach Specialist will be the East Coast member of a three-person communications team – focused on media outreach and communications trainings - and will work across the organization to bring ideas, energy, and content to our integrated communications, policy, and science based approach. Since 2000, we have been innovating and developing new approaches to implement our mission. Our current portfolio includes: 1) Communications Trainings: coaching scientists to improve their communication with the media (print, broadcast, and on-line) and policymakers, teaching them to apply social media tools, and encouraging the development of support networks for changing the communications culture of academia from within; 2) Science Outreach: supporting scientists in distilling their research, sharing their findings via print, TV, radio, and on-line media, and creating video, podcasts, and social media materials; 3) Policy Outreach: connecting scientists to decision-makers to frame, catalyze, advance, and inform transformative policy discussions, and; 4) Science Synthesis: supporting scientists in collaborating across disciplines and boundaries to advance the science, and make it relevant to society and accessible to media and policy audiences.

Position Description The Science Communication & Outreach Specialist will work with the Science Outreach Director and Assistant Director to help researchers improve their written and verbal science communication skills, and maximize opportunities to share their work in traditional and social media outlets. He or she will also assist with Communications Trainings and all COMPASS outreach activities. The successful candidate will possess communication and media expertise that will enhance our efforts in the journalism, policymaking, and scientific communities, and will provide communication support to COMPASS’ growing organizational vision and presence. In support of COMPASS’ work, the Science Communication & Outreach Specialist will: - Produce print and digital materials, including press releases, informational onepagers, flyers, scientific manuscripts, symposium proposals, grant proposals, and web posts; - Plan and deliver communication training workshops for various groups of scientists, especially graduate students; - Liaise with scientists and journalists to build and maintain a trusted network of contacts; - Coordinate COMPASS' outreach efforts at scientific meetings, such as the AAAS annual meeting, including assisting scientists with session proposals, liaising with News Office staff, supporting scientists’ communication efforts at the meeting, and planning the annual COMPASS’ Marine Mixer; - Seek out new strategic opportunities for COMPASS to engage scientists, journalists, and policymakers, such as targeted participation in other scientific meetings, as well as developing new venues for COMPASS’ work; - Support other COMPASS staff and projects, ensuring their efforts are enhanced by the successful candidate’s communications expertise; - Develop new ways to incorporate other COMPASS staff expertise in media work in order to bring novel and strategic perspectives to media outreach and trainings; - Liaise with other COMPASS staff, to ensure our larger strategies are connecting across programs (an expectation of everyone on the COMPASS team); - Edit materials and web content generated by other COMPASS staff to ensure consistency and quality of the organization’s products and online presence; - Lead and support other COMPASS outreach efforts as they are identified; - Be an active and contributing member of science writers and journalism associations. Desired Skills and Experience - Graduate degree in marine or sustainability science and/or science journalism; - 3-5 years of experience communicating science to diverse audiences - either as a journalist, a science writer or blogger, or a communication officer at a scientific institution; - Outstanding writing and editing skills; - Comfort and proficiency with public speaking; - Ability to juggle multiple projects and deadlines with minimal supervision; - Intellectual curiosity and desire to learn from other COMPASS staff with varying expertise;



Personable demeanor, including the ability to give and receive constructive criticism gracefully; Fluency across all common office productivity software, including but not limited to: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint/Keynote; as well as messaging platforms like Skype; calendaring applications; file-sharing services; Experience with social media tools (Twitter, Facebook, Google+) and interest in using them to advance COMPASS’ mission; Experience with, or a willingness to learn, multimedia production software such as Photoshop, GarageBand, iMovie, and Final Cut Pro; Familiarity with databases (MySQL) and managing/maintaining websites (Drupal) a plus.

Application Deadline and How to Apply For full consideration, application materials must be received by Dec 16, 2011. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, writing samples (PDFs or URLs), and contact information for three professional references to Paige Beckley, COMPASS Coordinator, at paige.beckley@COMPASSonline.org. Questions can be directed to Nancy Baron, Director of Science Outreach, at nbaron@COMPASSonline.org Compensation and Location Salary is commensurate with experience, including a generous benefits package. The preferred location for this position is COMPASS’ office in the DC Metro Area (Silver Spring MD). About the COMPASS Team and Work Environment COMPASS is a small team of motivated, and creatively strategic individuals who are passionate about oceans, the environment, and the impact well-communicated science can have on society. Our science journalism and policy expertise, as well as our academic science backgrounds allow us to cross-pollinate and learn from one another as we work at the dynamic and challenging nexus of science, media, and policy. Our structure is distributed, with staff embedded within the cultures we bridge. We are highly connected to one another, flexible, nimble, and often experimental – pioneering cutting edge ways for organizations and ideas to connect. We support innovation and individual growth. Equal Opportunity Employer COMPASS utilizes Tides Center as a fiscal sponsor; Tides Center is therefor the legal employer of this position. Tides Center is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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