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EarthLab i s seeking a Marketing and Communications Specialist to support our efforts in implementing proactive, organization-wide communication strategies.
EarthLab is a visionary institute that pushes boundaries to address our most pressing environmental challenges, with a current focus on climate and its intersection with social justice. EarthLab does this by connecting the University of Washington (UW) to communities, businesses, non-profits, public agencies,
Tribal nations and others to co-produce actionable research that generates solutions and strategies for local and global impact. EarthLab’s vision, an equitable, just and sustainable world where people and planet thrive, supports one of the University’s biggest goals. As a Carnegie-classified Community Engagement University, the UW aspires to be the #1 university in the world as measured by impact. EarthLab is inspired by and committed to this challenge.
The Marketing and Communications Specialist reports to the EarthLab Communications and Engagement Lead, supporting the execution of EarthLab communications strategies and helping to increase and diversify our engagement with a wide variety of stakeholders. Using visuals and written word, this position is instrumental in educating/sharing stories about EarthLab’s mission and programs and amplifying voices of our eight member organizations and community within and outside of the UW. We are looking for an individual who is extremely organized, exhibits attention to detail, is comfortable being responsible for several tasks simultaneously, engages with audiences/people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and will welcome new challenges. With support from supervisors, the specialist will manage multiple projects that require different degrees of independence and team-based collaboration.
Specific duties for the Marketing and Communications Specialist include:
•Lead social media strategy and engagement for EarthLab channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube) and support/amplify/lead EarthLab member organization social media content as required;
•Co-lead EarthLab planning and execution of events, both virtual and in-person when available (e.g., seminars, webinars and workshops), and coordination among UW, College of the Environment, EarthLab and EarthLab member groups, participants and attendees;
•Design materials that convey complex scientific or organizational information that is intended for a public audience, including reports, presentations, written materials, infographics, multimedia, etc., using accessible and inclusive graphic design principles;
•Assist with strategic and digital communications planning and implementation, including but not limited to: website maintenance and updating; tracking and interpreting website analytics; listserv (email distribution) management, newsletters and email marketing; developing strategic communication plans, engagement tracking and evaluation efforts;
•Additional duties as needed in support of the EarthLab mission
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
•Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a communications-related discipline (e.g., communications, public relations, marketing, journalism, etc.)AND 2 years of professional experience in a communications role
•Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
•Proven experience in designing and maintaining social media presence for an organization
•Proven experience planning and executing in-person and/or virtual events that engage broad audiences
•Proven experience with electronic and multimedia publishing tools using accessible and inclusive UX/design principles (e.g., Adobe InDesign and Illustrator)
•Demonstrated initiative and ability to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing and fast-paced environment
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion:
EarthLab acknowledges the systemic racism that exists in the environmental sector and within environmentalism. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. We are seeking candidates who are committed to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive work environment where all voices are considered and valued.
The University of Washington is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from more than 70 countries. As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Additional Application Instructions: Please submit a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter should include 1-2 paragraphs addressing your efforts to engage with diverse communities. What have you done to further your knowledge about diversity and equity in relation to your career field? Have you pursued specific professional development to learn more about diversity and equity? How have you demonstrated what you have learned?
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.