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Company: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL)
Seeking Director, Public Affairs
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
January 31, 2013
Job ID: 1463383


The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is seeking a Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations. The Magnet Lab is a National Science Foundation and state of Florida- funded facility located in Tallahassee, FL. The Public Affairs Director supervises a staff of four, plus interns and part-time positions. The Public Affairs group is responsible for the lab’s digital content and social media, print production, tours, news and editorial content, community events, charitable outreach, crisis communication, and government outreach. The full-time positions reporting to the Public Affairs director include: Webmaster, Web Content Director, Science Editor, and Graphic Designer. This position is responsible for the group’s budget oversight. The Director is responsible for coordination of the day-to-day federal-side government relations duties that fall to the lab, assisting the Director in developing messaging for each relevant event/ response and coordinating accompanying details. This position provides the information presented in response to information, tours, or presentation requests from university and federal funding sources. The Public Affairs Director is also responsible for authoring a portion of the lab’s Annual Report. The Public Affairs Director will coordinate publication of MagLab Reports, the lab’s main communication outlet for its user community, as well as contribute content for Flux, the public-friendly publication run by the group’s Editor. The Director also oversees the lab’s Twitter and Facebook feeds and, with the group staff, authors press releases, web content, building signage/ displays, and collaborative pieces with the lab’s educational arm, the Center for Integrating Research and Learning. The Public Affairs Director is also expected to play a role in planning for major conferences and the lab’s annual Open House, featuring almost 90 scientific demonstrations, 5000 visitors, and an array of sponsorship arrangements. The director will partner with other groups at the lab to help create a graduate student recruitment package. The Director assists scientists with editing manuscript submissions, conference posters, and layman’s-terms summaries of their work when necessary. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree and six years’ experience or a high school diploma or equivalent and a combination of education and/or experience equal to ten years. An interest in science and science communication is essential, and 5+ years of communication and management experience, as well as editorial publication experience, is required. Knowledge of media and public relations protocols and ability to quickly learn and integrate new tools and technologies. Experience working with current media technology including issues, trends, web standards and best practices. Experience directing and executing public and media relations campaigns. Computer skills to include experience with standard Microsoft software. Supervisory experience required. Proficiency with Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint preferred. Apply by email to or by mail to Ms. Bettina Roberson, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, 1800 E. Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310-2740. An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action Employer.

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