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Public Communication Specialist with NC State University in Raleigh, NC

Type of position IR-4 Project National Information and Communications Officer
Employer NC State University
Description of Employer The IR-4 Project is a national Federal/State partnership research program to assist farmers of fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, ornamentals, and other specialty crops by facilitating registration of safe and effective chemical and bio-based pest management products. The IR-4 Project is needed because the crop protection industry focuses their research efforts on major crops such as corn, soybean, and cotton that provide the companies adequate return on their development investment.

Without IR-4, farmers of specialty crops would only have access to a few crop protection products to protect their crops. IR-4 Project Headquarters provides national leadership, coordination and regulatory compliance for the IR-4 Project research activities performed by approx. 125 scientists at over 20 public sector research farms and five analytical laboratories throughout the United States.

Location Raleigh, NC
Description of Location Reporting to the IR-4 Project National Chief of Staff, the IR-4 Project National Information and Communications Officer will lead and manage information and communications efforts for the IR-4 Project from its National Headquarters at NC State. This position is primarily charged with independently managing the internal and external information, content development, brand management, and website management for the IR-4 Project. This position will interface with the IR-4 scientists and staff across the US, and abroad. Key activities include:

Information and Content Development (45%): This position is responsible for developing timely content for varied audiences that conveys scientific research and success stories of registrations obtained by the IR-4 Project, for example, into consumer, producer and extension agent facing materials. This includes creating content for, and manage production of, a variety of printed and electronic marketing and promotional materials including brochures, videos, posters, reports, banners, etc. Development of outreach materials and displays to be utilized at industry trade shows, national meetings and when meeting with elected officials and legislators. Writing, editing and proofreading materials as required to support administrative and program staff needs.
The information and content responsibilities will involve all IR-4 units, including national Headquarters at NC State, the regional offices (University of Florida, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Michigan State University, University of California – Davis as well as USDA Agriculture Research Service Minor Use Program).
Management of brand and production of internal and external communications (45%): Managing the scheduling of electronic external communications, monthly newsletters and updates using Constant Contact and associated social media sites. This position will also work with internal IR-4 staff to create content for, and manage the scheduling of electronic internal communications as needed. Additional responsibilities include management and updating of the IR-4 website (using WordPress) as well as brand management.
Continuous Improvement (10%): Lead the continuous improvement of information, web presence, content, audience reach analysis, services, and process related to internal and external communications to consistently meet changing needs and improve the quality of our information distribution and services.

This position will work closely with the IR-4 Data Application Manager to ensure that the web-based data structures are functioning appropriately and are easily accessible to our regional and national partner scientists.

Salary Commensurate with Experience ($55,000 – $65,000)
Closing date of competition Open Until Filled
Date position available open until filled
Description of duties
Reporting to the IR-4 Project National Chief of Staff, the IR-4 Project National Information and Communications Officer will lead and manage information and communications efforts for the IR-4 Project from its National Headquarters at NC State. This position is primarily charged with independently managing the internal and external information, content development, brand management, and website management for the IR-4 Project. This position will interface with the IR-4 scientists and staff across the US, and abroad. Key activities include:

    • Information and Content Development (45%): This position is responsible for developing timely content for varied audiences that conveys scientific research and success stories of registrations obtained by the IR-4 Project, for example, into consumer, producer and extension agent facing materials. This includes creating content for, and manage production of, a variety of printed and electronic marketing and promotional materials including brochures, videos, posters, reports, banners, etc. Development of outreach materials and displays to be utilized at industry trade shows, national meetings and when meeting with elected officials and legislators. Writing, editing and proofreading materials as required to support administrative and program staff needs.
    • The information and content responsibilities will involve all IR-4 units, including national Headquarters at NC State, the regional offices (University of Florida, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Michigan State University, University of California – Davis as well as USDA Agriculture Research Service Minor Use Program).
    • Management of brand and production of internal and external communications (45%): Managing the scheduling of electronic external communications, monthly newsletters and updates using Constant Contact and associated social media sites. This position will also work with internal IR-4 staff to create content for, and manage the scheduling of electronic internal communications as needed. Additional responsibilities include management and updating of the IR-4 website (using WordPress) as well as brand management.
    • Continuous Improvement (10%): Lead the continuous improvement of information, web presence, content, audience reach analysis, services, and process related to internal and external communications to consistently meet changing needs and improve the quality of our information distribution and services.

 

This position will work closely with the IR-4 Data Application Manager to ensure that the web-based data structures are functioning appropriately and are easily accessible to our regional and national partner scientists.
Qualifications sought
Minimum Experience/Education

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Other Required Qualifications
  • Bachelors degree in marketing, communications, public relations, or related field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Excellent organizational, leadership, interpersonal, decision making, writing skills for a variety of audiences including for development purposes, and project management skills are required.
  • A wide degree of creativity and strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital media/social media.
  • Must be capable of doing all the described activities independently.
  • Applicant must have familiarity of and experience with agriculture, preferably experience with specialty crops.
  • Proven success managing complex websites in a WordPress CMS. Examples of websites created and/or managed will be required.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and project/time management skills are critical.
  • Must have exceptional writing, editing, proofreading, and research skills.
  • Must demonstrate previous success managing social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).
  • Must be able to juggle multiple priorities and projects, and meet deadlines.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Masters’ degree in marketing, communications, public relations, or related field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • At least three years of demonstrated success in a management-level position in communications or marketing.
  • Developed knowledge of U.S./ International agriculture and experience translating scientific research into content suitable for general, industry or academic audiences.
Required License or Certification
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain within 60 days of start.
Valid NC Driver’s License required Yes
Commercial Driver’s License Required? No
Contact for additional information If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Application procedure  
Submit what Applicant required documents: Cover Letter, CV/Resume, Contact Information for References, Examples of websites created/manages – links ok, Examples of social media posts – links ok , Writing sample of a scientific communication (use Other Document 1, 2, 3 to attach), Short writing sample for a general audience. Please make sure that the work history you list on your application is identical to the work history listed on your resume. The application must be filled out completely, do not use the phrase “see resume.”
Submit to https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/163950
Additional Information NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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