Open Positions with the CAFNR Office of Marketing and Communications

CAFNR RESEARCH NEWS STRATEGIST

Hiring Department

CAFNR Office of Marketing and Communication

Job Description

The ideal candidate will serve as a multimedia storyteller for CAFNR’s research enterprise, highlighting research projects, laboratories and graduate students through a variety of storytelling media. Our researchers are working to solve the most important problems in our world today – feeding the world and keeping it healthy – and this communicator will get to tell these important stories!

Primary responsibilities include:

  • writing feature stories for numerous audiences,
  • promoting newsworthy projects to appropriate media outlets,
  • sharing stories via social media,
  • publishing a bi-weekly electronic newsletter, and
  • building relationships with researchers; administration; and Research, Extension and Education Center (REEC) staff; as well as with Mizzou news professionals.

On-site visits to locations around the state of Missouri are occasionally required. This position reports to the director of the CAFNR Office of Marketing and Communications.

Salary

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Salary Range: $16.92 – $23.80/hour

Grade: GGS-008
University Title: STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE I
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Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism, marketing or a related discipline with a strong emphasis in written communication
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Collaborative and self-motivated
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to create compelling stories for a variety of audiences in a variety of media
  • Develop ideas, write briefs, feature stories and other materials for publication to inform both technical and lay audiences of the significance of College research activities
  • Develop and maintain relationships with faculty, staff and administrators
  • Tell stories through photography or other media as needed
  • Develop and implement media and publicity plans
  • Collaborate with CAFNR Communication colleagues for strategic story selection and placement
  • Distribute content to the appropriate College websites, social media, newsletters, campus publications and traditional media outlets
  • Ability to make on-site visits to the Agricultural Experiment Station farms around the state of Missouri and a valid driver’s license.

Preferred

  • Experience with InDesign, Photoshop, WordPress and competent with dSLR cameras
  • Understanding of rural media and production agriculture
  • Superior editing skills and knowledge of AP style
  • Understanding of basic science
  • Two years of professional writing and editing experience in science journalism, preferably in a news media, higher education or academic setting

Application Materials

  • Resume and 2 writing samples, specifically samples of research stories (if possible).

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.

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