Assistant Director for Communications and Engagement
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
April 1, 2019
Maryland Sea Grant College (MDSG) is seeking an Assistant Director for Communications (AD) who will report to the Director and serve as a member of MDSG's senior management team. The AD will lead the development of MDSG's communication vision, develop and oversee communications products and programming, and manage a team of communicators that includes a science writer/editor and a graphic designer. The AD will also serve as MDSG's liaison to facilitate interactions with a range of clients and constituents, including marine-related industry groups, academic and research institutions, and others in the marine science and policy arena. The AD will help develop innovative communications programming and seek grant opportunities to help carry out the organization's communication vision. Specific responsibilities will include:
Administering ongoing communications activities, including multimedia, magazine production, and other public information and public affairs activities. Managing communications work and production schedules and associated work flow. Managing communication personnel, budgets, and reporting.
Writing and editing technical reports, annual brochures, web content, blogs, and other pieces that explain the mission and accomplishments of MDSG as well as a range of coastal science and policy issues and topics. Overseeing dissemination and promotion of MDSG products in a variety of venues.
Developing new communication projects and products (written and multimedia). Writing and managing grants for products and projects relevant to communications and advancing Maryland Sea Grant's mission.
Facilitating meetings and workshops, including the capacity to facilitate conversations among diverse audiences and different academic disciplines to find solutions to complex environmental problems.
Coordinating with the research and administrative teams to develop and manage internship programs, lead innovative professional development for students, support student communication skills development, and support inclusion, diversity, and equity initiatives.
Helping execute MDSG communication and outreach efforts in the area of marine policy. Contributing to MDSG efforts in the area of marine education and Extension.
Maintaining contact and coordination with the national network of Sea Grant programs and other Chesapeake Bay groups and stakeholders. Aiding with Maryland Sea Grant's engagement and reporting to the National Sea Grant College Program.
Unit: Maryland Sea Grant
Location: College Park, MD
Job Category Status: Exempt Regular
A master's degree in a communication field or relevant science field is required. Personnel management experience is required.
Preferred Qualifications :
Preference is given to applicants with strong writing and communication skills and experience in program management and development, grant writing, and communication product design. Multimedia production experience and familiarity with current coastal science and policy issues in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region is a plus. Experience working in a university setting is highly desirable.
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is an equal opportunity employer. The Center’s policies, programs, and activities are in conformance with pertinent Federal and State laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, and disability. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; or related legal requirements should be directed to the Director of Human Relations, Center Administration, P.O. Box 775, Cambridge, MD 21613.
Salary Range: The salary is commensurate with experience and is expected in the range of $75-80K.
Internal Number: 1198
About University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Beginning with Reginald Truitt's dockside laboratory in 1925, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science has traveled the road to discovery. For more than 80 years, UMCES students, researchers and faculty have gathered information and developed theories that have helped improve society's scientific understanding of the environment. By sharing this newfound knowledge on important issues such as fisheries management, ecosystem health and climate change, the Center has had an undeniable impact on the way we think about the natural world. As Maryland's premier research institution aimed at advancing scientific knowledge of the environment, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is one of twelve institutions within the University System of Maryland.