NHSG Communications Leader Job Announcement

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Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 2:45pm

New Hampshire Sea Grant (NHSG) is seeking a Communications Leader to manage its communications program and serve as its Assistant Director of Communications.

Position Overview and Objectives:  New Hampshire Sea Grant’s mission is to promote the wise use, conservation and sustainable development of marine and coastal resources in the state, region and beyond. The NH Sea Grant Communications Leader will be responsible for leading the NH Sea Grant communications program and serving as the lead connection with the National Sea Grant College Program and Sea Grant Association communications networks. The incumbent will serve on the NHSG Executive Committee and will work directly with NHSG’s extension, education, research and management personnel to implement a strategic communications plan for the program that will maximize the impact and visibility of NHSG and NHSG supported research, extension and education activities. The incumbent will also be responsible for leading communications partnerships with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Cooperative Extension (CE) and UNH Communications and Public Affairs (CPA) offices, state and federal legislator offices, state Sea Grant program offices, and various environmental, academic and research groups statewide. The NH Sea Grant Communications Leader will be responsible for producing high quality, audience-focused and impact driven communications products in both written and online forms. The incumbent is also expected to possess proven communications expertise in one or more communications skills (e.g. science writing, social media, graphic design, etc.) that will complement existing communications capabilities within NH Sea Grant, UNH Cooperative Extension and UNH CPA.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the NHSG Communications Program
    • Under the general direction of the NHSG Director, maintain and implement the NHSG Communications Strategic Plan.
    • Maintain and implement an annual editorial calendar for NHSG communications.
    • Facilitate and lead NHSG communications team that includes all NHSG staff.
    • Supervise the secondary, supporting member of the communications team.
    • Meet regularly with both UNH (UNH Extension, UNH, UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering) and Non-UNH partners to coordinate communications efforts.
    • Participate in NHSG Executive Committee meetings and develop and manage, with the NHSG Director, the NHSG Communications project and budget as part of the NHSG 4-year Omnibus.
    • Participate in Sea Grant regional and national communications networks.
  • Manage the NHSG brand
    • Develop, integrate and grow NHSG’s web, social media and email communications and marketing programs to be most effective in today’s evolving society.
    • Oversee and contribute to the conceptualization and preparation, and evaluation of publications and marketing materials (fact sheets, brochures, posters, position papers, articles, media releases, social media posts, etc.) for diverse audiences including scientists, educators, students, the media, legislators and the general public.
    • Ensure that staff and the organization present a clear and consistent voice within program activities.
    • Initiate and maintain market research to assess brand perception and knowledge of program relevance and value.
    • Lead periodic message training and communications professional development opportunities for staff
    • Develop and maintain an on-boarding strategy for new employees, interns, volunteers and researchers.
  • Produce high-quality communications products
    • In support of NH Sea Grant and its researchers, staff members, and administrators, produce and distribute brochures, fact sheets, booklets, postcards, and other needed items.

Qualifications:

A B.A./B.S. (minimum) or M.A./M.S. (desired) in marine science, science communications or journalism (or related field) and a minimum of three year's work experience that demonstrates effectiveness in media, journalism, science communication, marketing, public relations, social media, or other related fields.  Ideally, we are looking for a team-oriented, enthusiastic, open-minded, adaptable, creative, visionary individual with experience and passion about marine and coastal science and natural resource management.

To apply, visit: http://jobs.usnh.edu/postings/29093.  If this link does not bring you directly to the application, search jobs using the key word "Sea Grant."  The position is listed as "Communication Info Spec II".

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The University System seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.