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Full Time; Career Starting Salary Range: $51,100 - $89,200/annually. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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Involves developing, implementing or executing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary communications program; involves work in two or more communications disciplines OR work not otherwise covered in other communications job families.
Independently oversees a comprehensive strategic communications program for a unit or school with complex communications requirements. The communications program usually includes written, visual, digital and electronic communications. Works with management to develop and execute organizational communication and market branding strategy. Designs and implements information campaigns.
Under the direction of the Chief Development Officer, the Communications Specialist is responsible for designing, preparing, executing, and managing communications in support of University of California Observatories (UCO) research, collaboration and fundraising objectives. UCO has extensive and diverse communication needs. Externally, it communicates with the UC astronomical community, the UC Santa Cruz administration, UC Office of the President, UC Academic Senate, Keck Observatory and TMT Observatory partners, the US astronomical community, federal agencies, the media, state and local governments, members of the general public, professional educators and outreach groups, and private donors and foundations. Internally, it communicates among its academic staff, operating staff, students, and researchers located at three sites: UC Santa Cruz, UC Los Angeles, and Lick Observatory at Mount Hamilton. Communication content includes highly technical information of a scientific and engineering nature, internal operating documents, news releases to the media, and engaging non-technical material of interest to the general public, including, but not limited to education and solicitations. The Communications Specialist is a key member of the University of California Observatories' Communications Team, which currently includes UCO leadership, in addition to a collaborative group of colleagues inside of UCO (at UCSC and across our other campuses and observatories) and in partnering areas of the UC Santa Cruz, such as the PBSci Department, UC Santa Cruz Public Affairs Office and University Relations.
The University of California Observatories (UCO) is a Multi-Campus Research Unit of the University of California, with headquarters at the UC Santa Cruz campus. UCO operates on behalf of astronomers on eight UC campuses and two national laboratories and is comprised of extensive technical facilities, a business office, and telescope and support facilities at the Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton. UCO provides a scientific and administrative interface to the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the Thirty-Meter Telescope international project, and supports the training of astronomy PhDs throughout the UC system.
This position requires passing a pre-employment criminal history background check. Selected candidates cannot begin work until passing their background check. Please note: Time required to complete this process may vary and can be lengthy.
Bachelor's degree in related area and three years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications.
Knowledge and understanding of technical applications to effectively direct technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications.
Solid skills to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long and short term strategic communications plans.
Working knowledge of communications and marketing principles, strategies, and approaches.
Position is open until filled. Initial Review Date: 07-29-2019
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