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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 8/1/2021
The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is a multidisciplinary research institution focused on genome engineering and potential applications in agriculture, microbiology and biomedicine. It is a joint venture between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, with the administrative operations located on the Berkeley campus. This position is located at the UC Berkeley campus.
The IGI is presently seeking a talented and motivated Communications Strategist to join the IGI Communications team. The IGI Communications team works to achieve institute-wide communications and PR goals, and supports the communications needs of other IGI departments and member researchers. IGI Communications team manages the media relationships of the IGI, the IGI website and social media properties, and IGI brand positioning in all outbound communications.
Expert communicator who consults with IGI researchers, staff, development partners, and collaborators to create communications plans and execute awareness and fundraising campaigns. Researches, writes, and edits high-level communications, publications, and reports with complex or sensitive subject matter and promotes content to both broad and highly influential audiences. Requires special expertise in genomics, including both the scientific and societal aspects of genome editing, and an in-depth understanding of the audience and the communication strategies that will best serve the institution with that audience. Work is high-profile, often time-sensitive, and frequently requires global political acumen and sensitivity. Supports media relations for the institute and provides expert insight reflecting the current state of the genome editing field in press releases, interviews, podcasts, oral presentations, and online materials. May manage contract and student content creators. Coordinates with UC Berkeley, UCSF, and other collaborators' communications teams.
Researches, writes, and edits high-level communications, publications, and reports with complex or sensitive subject matter in the field of genome editing and related to the IGI. Assignments may include expert interviews with IGI researchers, lay audience science articles for the IGI website, briefing materials and talking points for events and media engagements, press releases on genome editing research and institutional news, and funding proposals.
Consults with and advises internal clients (IGI directors, department staff, and researchers) regarding their communications needs. Develops communication plans and produces publications or web content to meet communication needs for internal clients to communicate the impact of IGI research and programs to external audiences.
Supports the development goals of the institute by creating content and campaigns in coordination with fundraising partners.
Manages social media strategy and posting calendar, working in collaboration with the Digital Communications Specialist and illustrators.
Supports internal communications for the institute, including staff emails concerning institute-wide news and updates, and creates content (web resources, newsletters, online forms) for members and partners to access IGI resources and facilities.
Supports the Communications Director with media relations, including responding to media inquiries, directing reporters to subject-matter experts, providing expert insight as needed, pitching stories, and coordinating media visits.
Working with the Communications Director, determines content priorities to achieve institutional goals and manages the production calendar.
Supports communications-related workshops and trainings for IGI staff, including scientific directors, principal investigators of labs, post-docs, students, and other researchers in various labs within IGI.
Advanced knowledge of science communications best practices and strategy.
Advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation and advanced skills to write clear, lively, engaging, compelling and effective copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and the broader public.
Advanced ability to read, analyze, and contextualize scientific publications and to create clear, accurate scientific content synthesizing a broad range of literature from a variety of fields for non-expert audiences.
Advanced knowledge of molecular biology and biochemistry theory, techniques, and applications, as well as subject matter expertise in genetics, genome engineering, and CRISPR-Cas prokaryotic immunity.
Advanced knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, web production, and social media management.
Advanced skill in taking initiative to creatively identify and pitch story ideas to senior management and clients.
Advanced interviewing, research, and fact verification skills.
Advanced interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills.
Advanced analytical and critical thinking skills.
Advanced project management, organizational and problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills.
Skill to work independently and in a team environment with the ability to reach consensus on project goals.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Understanding of intellectual property law and copyright best practices.
Advanced, in-depth knowledge of the UC system and IGI, including their missions, goals, achievements, infrastructure, programs, and policies.
Bachelor's degree in Biology or Biochemistry and / or equivalent experience / training.
Master's degree in Biology or Biochemistry and / or equivalent experience / training.
Ph.D. in Biology or Biochemistry and / or equivalent experience / training.
Salary & Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
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