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University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Braiding Indigenous Knowledges and Science (CBIKS) - Science Communication Specialist (Hybrid Opportunity) in Amherst, Massachusetts

Center for Braiding Indigenous Knowledges and Science (CBIKS) - Science Communication Specialist (Hybrid Opportunity)

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Dean - Social & Behavioral Sci


Categories: Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The National Science Foundation Center for Braiding Indigenous Knowledges and Science (CBIKS) Science Communication Specialist assists the Storywork Working Group to develop & distribute informal science education materials.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborates with the CBIKS Storywork Working group to translate research into visually appealing and digestible media that meets the Center’s strategic goals for communication and education.

  • Creates story boards, illustrations, and writes infographics, graphic novels, or comic style science education materials.

  • Uses created materials to produce high quality print and electronic publications.

  • Coordinates and supports the dissemination of educational materials to various stakeholder groups.

  • Ensures a complete development cycle and workflow of projects from concept to completion and maintains an up-to-date production/status report on all job assignments.

Other Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor's degree.

  • Experience creating illustrations for graphic novels or comic book style materials.

  • Experience creating/developing storyboarding concepts.

  • Experience with project management.

  • Highly organized and detail oriented.

  • Excellent writing and editing skills.

  • Multicultural awareness and the ability to cultivate an inclusive, and respectful university community.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and maintain productive relationships.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Proficiency in Adobe creative suite.

  • Understanding of Indigenous communities and Indigenous research concepts.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Typical office environment.

Additional Details

  • This is a 5-year, term-limited position. Continuation of the position is contingent upon grant funding.

  • May supervise graduate and undergraduate assistants.

  • Occasional travel may be required.

  • This position has the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, which is defined by the University as an arrangement where an employee’s work is regularly performed at a location other than the campus workspace for a portion of the week. As this position is non-unit, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees Non-Unit (Professional/or Classified) Employee Personnel Policy.

Work Schedule

  • Monday – Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.

Salary Information

Salary commensurate with skills and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for three (3) professional references. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Sep 6 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

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