Communications Manager

Posting Number: 6000994

Job Title: Specialist, CRC/Public Information & Communications
Position Type: Staff
Union: PSA/NEA – Professional Staff Assoc
Calendar Year
Department: Graduate School of Oceanography

Duties and Responsibilities:

Position is limited to 09-15-2013 with extension contingent on funding.

Serve as the communications manager and liaison for the Coastal Resources Center (CRC). Responsibilities include keeping key CRC stakeholders, including but not limited to the public, donors, coastal and marine policy-makers and practitioners, press agencies, and other key audiences updated on CRC projects and initiatives. Write and/or edit copy for the CRC website and other “corporate” documents including the Center’s Prospectus and other marketing and outreach materials; author and/or edit program success stories, publications, news editorials, newsletters; and edit program proposals and program technical reports as needed. Coordinate with other CRC staff tasked with providing communications services for their program/projects. Also serve as a mentor and communications liaison with program communications specialists in CRC program field offices in developing countries.

– Communicate CRC’s overall message and mission to key audiences, working closely with the Center’s directors and program leaders/managers to ensure information on the Center’s work is clear, persuasive and timely; that it is communicated through various media including the web, other electronic/social media as well as print; and that this information is aligned with the overall message of the University and the Graduate School of Oceanography.

– Through a process of interviewing the Center’s directors and its program leaders/managers, and on a continuing basis, produce updated text for the CRC website; ensure all key program publications are uploaded on the site; identify opportunities for and ensure the uploading to the site of videos, blogs, etc. as appropriate.

– Write, edit, and manage the production of a wide variety of non-technical publications targeted toward identified audiences. These publications will have a clear message, promote the CRC approach, and strengthen CRC’s identity as a global player in coastal management. Publications may be in hard copy or electronic format or both.

– Edit CRC technical documents for publication in coastal management or environmental journals and magazines.

– Ensure electronic and print media are properly branded (donor-specific), 508 compliant, and submitted (as appropriate) to the Development Experience Clearinghouse.

– In selected instances, design and layout print materials; otherwise, coordinate with other design/layout experts to ensure professional look and feel of print materials.

– Develop bids specs for print materials and liaise with the printing company to ensure timely and professional production.

– Assist with CRC fund- raising strategy, by ensuring proposals submitted by the Center are aligned with the objectives of the Request for Proposal (RFP) as outlined by the donor agency and edit proposals to hone the text to best respond to the RFP guidelines.

– Recommend strategies for the development and design of new marketing/communications productions, produce marketing copy.

– Assist, as appropriate, with public relations-related initiatives for the Center, including writing and placing press releases at local, national, and international levels; identifying forums at which CRC should have a presence and producing the appropriate promotional materials.

– Serve as a mentor and advisor to local communications staff stationed in CRC field offices in developing countries, including providing virtual and/or hands-on training as needed.

– Manage CRC libraries of visual, hard copy, electronic documents.

As assigned by the Center directors.

Personal computers, IPads, printers, word processing, design/layout software, Skype; travel to developing countries (not to exceed four weeks annually).

Required Qualifications:
1) Bachelor’s degree required in English, journalism, communications or in a marine/coastal related field.
2) Seven or more years of communications experience with proven skills and accomplishments in the areas of public information dissemination, marketing, writing, editing, and public relations.
3) Demonstrated ability to customize content for targeted audiences and to identify the medium most appropriate for delivering the content?e.g., web-based, video, print.
4) Demonstrated excellent knowledge and understanding of all facets of communicating through the use of web sites, social media, and print copy.
5) Demonstrated excellent skills in Microsoft Word.
6) Demonstrated excellent public speaking and facilitation skills, as well as excellent project management and organizational skills, and the ability to work well with technical and administrative staff, donors, news media, vendors, private and public sectors, and other professionals.
7) Demonstrated ability to organize information, materials and events and to provide creative approaches to communication challenges.
8) Demonstrated strong interpersonal communication skills, with ability to convey complex subject matter clearly and accurately.
9) Demonstrated success in project management.
10) Demonstrated understanding of Web design principles, including information organization and site navigation.
11) Availability to travel to developing countries (not to exceed four weeks annually).

Position Number: 106799
Preferred Qualifications:
1) Master’s degree.
2) Design software (InDesign preferred).
3) Demonstrated experience working in a nonprofit or educational organization in a public information/public relations capacity with a focus on environmental management (marine affairs, marine science, natural resource science or management) or international development.
Posting Date: 01-08-2013
Closing Date: (This date includes grace period if applicable.) 02-09-2013
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please attach three (PDF) documents: (1) a cover letter, (2) resume which includes names and contact information for 3 references, and (3) writing sample.
Pay Rate: $56,286 – $71,038
Pay Grade Level: 12

Campus Location: Narraganset Bay Campus

Narragansett, Rhode Island
Coastal Resources Center, URI
Human Resources