Communications Manager



Classification Title:

Communications Manager

Job Description:

The incumbent has responsibility for the development and production of high-quality educational products and materials, including 1) print and video media that conveys the importance of our natural ecosystems and the treat of invasive plants; 2) maintain and continue to improve the three websites hosted by UF/IFAS CAIP; and 3) managing social media accounts; 5) developing our annual reports and newsletters. The successful candidate will also be asked to assist with related duties that are deemed appropriate to accomplish the outreach mission of the CAIP. Duties include the following:

  • Identifying educational needs, and conceiving/authoring educational products that will be posted to websites and in print media. These educational products will be directed to the general public, UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension staff, and to various professionals throughout the U.S.
  • Identifying learning opportunities that can be met with digital media such as video, blogs, and podcast production. Management of our social media footprint as a means of promoting these products will also be required.
  • Attendance at professional meetings and training courses approximately 10 times per year to report on information services and products to user groups and to disseminate information on the research involving aquatic and invasive plants. This requires display set-up and monitoring, as well as professional presentations. This position represents the UF/IFAS CAIP to the various user groups the Center is designed to serve, including scientists from other universities and research institutions, agency managers, cooperative extension agents, field personnel, students and members of the general public.
  • Writing proposals and obtaining grants and other financial support to foundations, state, federal and private agencies. Write quarterly, semi-annual and annual project reports to funding agencies of contributions to the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants and for agencies that provide funding.
  • Supervise the production and publication of the CAIP newsletter, AQUAPHYTE, which is distributed to approximately 2,000 digital subscribers world-wide. Writing articles related to the subject areas of a) aquatic and invasive plants, and b) the services of the APIRS database and Information Office, both for the in-house bulletin, AQUAPHYTE, and for other journals and magazines published outside of the University of Florida.
Expected Salary:

$51,500 - $66,900 or commensurate with education & experience

Minimum Requirements:

Master’s degree in an appropriate area; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and two years of relevant experience.

However, a MS in Communications (or closely related field) with 2 years of experience is valued and preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite for content purposes.
  • Must show comfort and proficiency with video production and editing.
  • Experience with outreach and/or marketing campaigns would be valuable to this position.
  • Must be able to multitask, organize, prioritize and work within deadlines.
  • Must be professional and able to communicate information accurately and effectively.
  • Must display independent judgement, initiative and sound decision making.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

This job is located off UF Campus out Millhopper Road.

Position requires travel to field locations to obtain photographs/video and collect other information (e.g., plant samples, local information), often requiring extensive walking in rough terrain or travel in boats.

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter and resume. Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Health Assessment Required: No

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