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New York Sea Grant (NYSG) seeks a dynamic and high energy individual to join our team as a full time Communications Specialist for the program.

The person in this position, who will be based at Stony Brook University, will help to effectively raise awareness of the program’s efforts and impacts across the State, and enhance access by our coastal communities and partners to information, products, and tools of relevance and importance to them.


Applications must be submitted by March 8, 2021.


How to Apply:

Please apply via SBU - click here

Note: Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application


Required Qualifications (Evidenced by an attached resume):

  Bachelor's degree (or foreign equivalent or higher) in Journalism, Communications, or Science related field. 

  Two years of full-time experience working in a communications or public relations capacity. 

  Experience writing and copy editing feature stories or other written content that aligns with the strategic objectives of an organization.



Preferred Qualifications:

  Bachelor's degree (or foreign equivalent) or higher in Coastal Science, Marine Science or Aquatic-related field. Experience in a communications role in a science field, e.g. Biology, Coastal Science, Marine Science, Environmental or Aquatic-related field.

  Oral, written and interpersonal communication and presentation skills with a service-oriented attitude. Experience using Content Management Systems or similar to assist with the development of new web structures, pages and content.

  Experience in communications or media relations in a higher education or a non-profit organization. Experience with magazine and newsletter (paper and electronic) publications. 

  Experience in assisting with website and social media content.

  Experience with digital communications strategies and other new media for communications. 

  Understanding of effective graphic design, branding principles and marketing. Experience with design, image and video editing software.


Brief Description of Duties:

  The Communications Specialist, who will be supervised by New York Sea Grant’s Communications Manager, will assist with the program’s website re-design and maintenance, including keeping content fresh and updated, and incorporating latest technology and other communications techniques. 

  The Communications Specialist will also include support for social media posting and content as well as taking on obligations addressing coastal extension, education and research staff needs for communications, (e.g. features, photo stories, articles, interviews, press and media releases, and case studies showcasing NYSG communities, people, partners, programs, and projects). 

  The Communications Specialist will also be responsive to general program-wide communications requirements as needed and appropriate. 

  The successful candidate would have a demonstrated ability to communicate research, extension, outreach, and education projects to a variety of audiences that would be reflective of NYSG’s coastal stakeholders and partners, and be able to translate that information through a diverse set of communications platforms and products. Preferably they will have knowledge of Sea Grant, but not a requirement. They will have the ability to work independently, but within the context of being a member of an integrated and collaborative NYSG team.


Essential Duties:

Communications

Support overall NYSG communications portfolio needs across all program divisions, strategic plan focus areas, and program geographies through:

  Writing (e.g. science, extension, education)

  Copy editing of content and products developed by staff in all program divisions

  Graphic design and layout (e.g. for website, infographics, other printed products)

  End-to-end product development (e.g. brochures, one pagers, program synthesis documents, videos, newsletter)

  Program reporting materials (e.g. “Impacts and Accomplishments” for NOAA Sea Grant's - Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation Resources (PIER) system. This data, which could include content related to the program’s strategic plan, projects and funding as well as project results, can be rolled up to tell a national story.)

  Assist in creation and maintenance of a living communications strategic plan with input from staff, supervision from the Communications Manager and oversight from the Director.

  Serve as a point of contact for and communication support to extension, education, and outreach staff. Coordinate and assist in communication planning (e.g. outreach, products, events, swag etc.) for events/activities.

Website / Social Media

  Assist with coordination and implementation of plans related to NYSG’s website redesign and maintenance. Work through a program-wide collaborative process when assisting in the redesign. Once updates are completed, assist in maintaining site relevance and timely information products and stories, including on individual Extension Specialist pages (requires ability to work in Content Management System platforms).  

  In consultation with relevant staff, develop content, distribute, and track NYSG social media postings (on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/ or YouTube).

Media Relations

 In consultation with relevant staff, develop, distribute, and track NYSG press releases, stories, and news items; Solicit and facilitate media interviews for specified NYSG projects and activities.

Administrative Liaison

Play an active role in the Sea Grant Communicators Network, working with the Communicators in other state Sea Grant programs on issues/projects of common interest and benefit; Also, collaborate to find synergies between University-wide marketing and communications efforts. Participate on University-wide committees and task forces to enhance visibility and reputation throughout the University and beyond.

Other duties as assigned.


Other Work-Place Skills

  High energy and passion for the mission and activities of New York Sea Grant, a federal-state coastal science partnership program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the State University of New York and Cornell University.

  An ambitious, visionary, and creative approach to communications and advancement strategies.

  Experience working with a high degree of professionalism, integrity, tact and maintaining confidentiality and handling sensitive communications with discretion.

  Experience interacting with the general public as well as successfully building consensus among a large number of diverse colleagues, senior leadership, donors and outside agencies to address and resolve issues.  

  Ability to be adaptive and nimble to an ever evolving program as well as communications landscape.

  Experience effectively multi-tasking in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment with a high degree of accuracy and organization.

  Experience managing complex projects. 

  Demonstrated commitment to a culture of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  Experience successfully promoting a working environment that encourages creativity, efficiency, and receptivity to change.

  Experience building long-term relationships based on trust, predictability, and communication. 

  Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.


About Stony Brook University

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More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, University at Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube links. NYSG offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/nycoastlines for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published quarterly. Our program also produces an occasional e-newsletter,"NOAA Sea Grant's Social Media Review," via its blog, www.nyseagrant.org/blog.

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