Senior Public Information Officer - Science and Health

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November 13 2018
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Senior Public Information Officer - Science and Health
University of California, Merced

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The Senior Public Information Officer seeks and attains high-level print and digital news media placement for UC Merced researchers through the development of relationships with key media contacts. Provides analysis and information on complex issues or activities, searches out and writes stories and news releases, proactively and reactively coordinates media activity, conducts interviews, and arranges for photography, video, or graphics to accompany news releases. Work is of moderate complexity/difficulty and may include planning and implementing limited media campaigns.

- MEDIA OUTREACH: Develops story ideas, pitches them to the media and writes news releases and announcements for various media outlets.
- MEDIA COORDINATION: Serves as point of contact for reporters in science, health and related fields.
- SCIENCE AND HEALTH WRITING: Writes science- and health-related news and feature articles, magazine articles, and print or web content.
- OTHER WRITING AND EDITING: Proofreads and edits articles, print and web materials, and other items as assigned.
- CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS: Serves as part of University Communications' crisis communications plan. Participates in basic PIO training in order to assist news team personnel in an emergency.

NOTE: Applicants must submit a portfolio of media placements and writing samples in order to be considered.

- Bachelor's degree plus three years of experience in communications, journalism, science, health or related fields required, and/or equivalent experience/training.
- Exceptional writing and editing skills in the English language, with extensive knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation. Demonstrated ability to write engaging text. Excellent proofreading skills. Familiarity and demonstrated skill with Associated Press and campus style rules.
- Demonstrated experience in effectively and succinctly communicating scientific research to a general audience, particularly within the fields of journalism and/or public relations.
- Thorough knowledge of the concepts and principles of news, media communications and media relations. Thorough skills in understanding of print, radio and broadcast news, the internet, social media and other emerging technologies. Demonstrated understanding of the concepts and principles of science and research publishing, funding and ethics.
- Outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills, active listening and political acumen. Ability to work frequently, effectively and diplomatically with administrators, faculty, staff and students. Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Outstanding organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to prioritize and coordinate several projects simultaneously. Detail-oriented and able to work calmly, rapidly and accurately under deadline pressure and in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others and adapt quickly to shifting priorities.
- Substantive experience in successfully producing effective promotional materials, including news releases and publications; have a solid understanding of the techniques of public relations, and experience in successfully employing them.
- Demonstrated ability to write and edit copy, including news and feature articles, profiles, websites and brochures. Ability to develop and execute article ideas from concept through completion.
- Strong office and computer skills including proficiency in word processing and web- based communications.
- Availability for evening and weekend activities as needed. Travel to locations on and off campus, and occasionally stay overnight.

To Apply:
Please complete a UC Merced application (file:///Users/christopher/Downloads/sser8519a-senior_public_information_officer.pdf) and email along with resume and cover letter to Please indicate in the subject line of your email the Position Title and Position Number you are applying for. For questions regarding how to apply please email or call 209- 228-8247

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