CAISE is Seeking a Communications and Community Manager
The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) is dedicated to advancing the fields of informal science education (ISE) and science communication by supporting and building on the rich diversity of projects funded by the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and others. Under a cooperative agreement award from NSF, the Center provides resources to designers, researchers, and evaluators working in science centers and museums, a wide variety of media environments, youth and community programs, cyberlearning, live science events and festivals, gaming, and other informal STEM learnings settings and organizations, to those involved in science communication or public engagement with science activities.
The project’s leadership team consists of partners from academic institutions across the nation and the Project Director, who with the Center staff works from Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) headquarters in Washington, D.C.
CAISE activities include maintaining InformalScience.org, a website, and repository that contains descriptions of funded grants, evaluation reports, research, and grey literature from the informal STEM learning field; convening meetings, workshops, and conferences, both face-to-face and online; supporting and tracking CAISE initiatives; and participating in a variety of communication and outreach efforts.
The Communications and Community Manager will use industry best practices to oversee internal and external communications and strengthen CAISE’s role in facilitating field building in informal science education, and science communication.
Communications Strategy and Management
- Review and update current communications strategy. The strategy will include an implementation plan with measurable outputs and outcomes, aligned with input from CAISE’s External Review Board.
- Lead and execute digital communications for social media, newsletter, and blog via appropriate channels: Drupal, MailChimp, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc., and improve active engagement on all accounts.
- Maintain a communications calendar with key field events, dates, and deadlines throughout the year.
- Co-create and update CAISE materials, logos, brochures, presentations, and videos.
- Maintain an online inventory of all CAISE materials using Google Drive.
- Ensure that all print and online communications are consistent with CAISE messaging and style guide.
- Identify print, electronic, and in-person channels to communicate with key audiences and increase awareness of CAISE’s resources and activities.
- Oversee a wide variety of projects and manage web development, graphic design, and other service (ex. EBSCO Information Services) contracts.
Community Engagement and Outreach
- Regularly update and maintain InformalScience.org with new and relevant content, including news, articles, resources, events, project updates, new members, and additional information as needed.
- Conduct informalScience.org member and NSF AISL community outreach in-person and online, including writing blog posts, co-leading webinars, updating social media, and presenting at relevant conferences, to strengthen knowledge sharing and solicit input on member and community needs.
- Seek out and develop opportunities for increased partner engagement and support.
- Actively seek out new and creative ways to effectively reach and expand CAISE’s network and resource providers via online platforms.
- Create and curate landing pages for informal STEM education and science communication sectors to provide familiar, relevant access to topics within the InformalScience.org collection of resources.
- Monitor website and social media statistics, developing and analyzing quarterly reports, and proposing recommendations to increase online traffic and engagement.
- Assist with Annual, Interim and Final reporting, as well as presentations to the NSF and External Review Board.
- Participate in Association of Science-Technology Centers’ (ASTC) staff meetings, events, annual conference and other activities as required by Project Director.
- Other duties as assigned by Project Director.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Communications, Science, Science or Museum Education and/or equivalent professional experience in a science education or communication non-profit institution or organization.
- Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in communications role, planning, writing, editing, and producing communications through a variety of media.
- Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to convey messages through clear and concise writing.
- Experience managing websites and social media. Drupal experience preferred.
- Experience with webinars and video conferencing software. GoToWebinar and Zoom experience a plus.
- Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite. Graphic design, photography and video production experience preferred.
- Ability to work in a small, tight-knit working environment.
- Strong attention to detail is required.
- Fluency in written English required.
This is a full-time, grant-funded position based in Washington, DC that is expected to be 40 hours/week with occasional travel involved.
Salary range: $65,000- $70,000 annually, commensurate with experience. ASTC offers employees a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, disability and life insurance and an employer-funded retirement plan. This position is federally-funded, and its continuation is contingent upon that support.
This position is currently funded through August 2021, and is open until filled.
How to Apply
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Please include desired salary range. Due to the high volume of applicants, we are not accepting calls.
CAISE/ASTC is an equal opportunity employer.
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