Communications specialist

Oregon Sea Grant, Corvallis, Oregon

Date Posted January 17, 2020
Industry Academia
Specialty Health/Science
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary $52,000-$62,000


The communications specialist is a full-time, 12-month professional faculty member with Oregon Sea Grant’s (OSG) communications team and reports to OSG’s communications manager. This position assists OSG leadership and OSG-funded faculty, researchers, Extension agents and scholars – including staff at the Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center – with the development and promotion of communications products that meet their needs and those of their audiences.

This position writes and edits a variety of content for digital and print uses; manages Oregon Sea Grant’s social media; and performs other duties as assigned. This position proactively seeks out news that tells the story and impact of OSG’s work and ultimately aids and expedites OSG’s annual reporting. The successful candidate must be a detail-oriented, initiative-taking wordsmith who can accurately translate complex science into lay terms and make OSG’s publications and other content understandable to a range of audiences, including reporters, fishermen, government officials and coastal residents.

The anticipated starting salary range is $52,000 – $62,000.

This position is based at Oregon State University in Corvallis. It travels occasionally during non-business hours and on weekends, largely along the Oregon coast, to interview sources and gather information for stories.

Deadline to apply is Feb. 13, 2020.

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Position Duties

30% Writing

30% Editing

30% Social Media

5% Other Duties

Assists with other duties as assigned, which may include:

5% Professional Development

Minimum/Required Qualifications

Preferred (Special) Qualifications


When applying you will be required to submit the following:

1.) A resume/CV.

2.) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

3.) The names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.

4.) A statement of no more than 200 words describing two of your successful social media posts. Include why they were successful, who the audience was and links to the posts, if available.

5.) Links to or PDFs of three published, journalistic-style stories that demonstrate an ability to successfully fulfill this position (or link to an online portfolio where these three samples are identified). At least two of the three examples must show an ability to interpret and translate a complex issue for a lay audience.

Finalists will be asked to complete an editing assignment, compose some sample social media posts, and write a news story based on a paper in a journal.

For additional information, please contact: Tiffany Woods at or 541-737-0756.

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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