Req #:170060
Department:Climate Impacts Group and EarthLab
Appointing Department Web Address:
Job Location:Seattle Campus
Posting Date:07/23/2019 
Closing Info:Closes On   08/23/2019
Salary:Salary is Competitive. Salary is Commensurate Upon Qualifications and Experience. 
Shift:First Shift 

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Climate Impacts Group is dedicated to building the resilience of communities and ecosystems across the Northwest to the impacts of climate variability and climate change.  Since 1995, the Climate Impacts Group has produced exceptional research products and developed strong relationships among resource managers, planners, and policy makers in the region.

EarthLab is a new initiative at the University of Washington seeking to link and apply the amazing environmental research happening at the UW with decision makers working on solutions to environmental challenges. Stewarded by the College of the Environment, EarthLab supports application-focused interdisciplinary collaboration across and beyond the University of Washington. EarthLab focuses on addressing our world’s most pressing environmental challenges – catalyzing collaborations with partners across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. By linking knowledge and action to accomplish meaningful change, EarthLab will help develop lasting solutions that are scientifically sound, technically feasible, and economically viable, while promoting equity and justice.

The College of the Environment promotes diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, staff, and public. Thus, we are strongly seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to fully engage audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. The University of Washington (UW) 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 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 over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math

The Climate Impacts Group and EarthLab are seeking a Full-Time, Temporary Marketing and Communications Specialist to support our efforts in implementing proactive, organization-wide communication strategies focused on catalyzing action towards climate resilience and EarthLab awareness raising more broadly.

The Marketing and Communications Specialist will support CIG’s Lead Scientist for Science Communication and EarthLab’s Communication and Engagement Lead in the execution of the CIG and EarthLab communications strategies and help to increase our engagement with a wide variety of stakeholders. This position will also help to inform new, creative directions for communications product development with the aim of helping increase the reach and impact of the Climate Impacts Group’s regional research and engagement efforts as well as supporting a number of initiatives for EarthLab and its other member organizations.

We are looking for an individual with a wide range of skills and interests; someone who can comfortably wear many hats in an organization and who will welcome new challenges that present opportunities to develop new proficiencies. Specific duties for the Marketing and Communications Specialist include:

• Assist the Lead Scientist for Science Communication and the EarthLab Communications and Engagement Lead with the implementation of the strategic communication plans, engagement tracking and evaluation efforts, and support internal communication workflow; (30%)
• Lead website maintenance and updating; help with tracking and interpreting website analytics; (20%)
• Support development, roll-out and distribution of communications products (e.g., written materials, visualizations, infographics, multimedia); (10%)
• Assist with organization of communication events (e.g., seminars, webinars, workshops) and coordination among UW, College, EarthLab, CIG staff, participants and attendees; (10%)
• Help maintain media engagement and social media calendars and tracking systems; (10%)
• Assist with listserv management and email marketing (5%)
• Routinely post information for stakeholders using email distribution lists, newsletters, and social media tools; (5%)
• Provide editorial, graphic and layout support for materials intended for publication or public presentation, recommending revisions, format changes, alternative methods of presentation, or refinements as necessary; (10%)

The Marketing and Communications Specialist will report to the Climate Impacts Group’s Lead Scientist for Science Communication. Reflecting our team approach, the position will also be advised and/or directed by other senior staff in CIG and the EarthLab Executive Director, as needed for specific projects.


• Bachelor’s degree in a communication-related discipline (e.g., communications, journalism, policy) OR in an Earth science field (e.g., geology, atmospheric science, oceanography)
• 2 or more years of professional experience
• Proven experience in developing and creating targeted communications materials (e.g. graphics, documents, reports, presentations) that translate technical or scientific information for a range of audiences from experts to the general public
• Familiarity with content management systems, including WordPress and other technical aspects of maintaining online material, and MS Office Suite and presentation software; knowledge of print, electronic, and multimedia publishing tools (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite)
• Experience in aspects of report production (e.g., copy editing, design, layout)
• Excellent writing and editorial skills
• Excellent oral communication skills
• Strong organizational skills, attention to consistency and detail and insistence on scientific and technical accuracy
• Exceptional team player with strong interpersonal skills, and equal ability to
to work independently under minimal supervision and collaboratively as part of an effective team
• Demonstrated initiative, proactive nature, and ability to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing and fast-paced environment


• Master’s degree in a communications-related discipline or an Earth science field with demonstrated science communication experience (e.g., geology, atmospheric science, oceanography)
• 1-2 years of experience working in a communications role at a research organization, public or private sector agency, or environmental non-governmental organization
• Knowledge of climate science, climate impacts science, issues, and concerns relevant to climate resilience in the Northwest.
• Experience with Marketo email marketing
• Experience supporting the implementation of successful, organization-level communication strategies and branding campaigns
• Experience in designing and maintaining social media presence for an organization
• Experience and interest in working with scientists and in an academic setting

Equivalent education and experience may substitute for minimum requirements.

Behaviors expected for success in the position:

• Timely and professional in all interactions
• Treats others with dignity and respect
• Takes leadership and initiative
• Holds sensitive information in confidence
• Maintains a sense of humor
• Willingness to pitch in as needed to ensure success of team

This job description is meant as a general guide to the position and may not be inclusive of all responsibilities, expectations, and conditions that arise during employment.

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 Work 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.

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