World Federation of
Science Journalists

Communications Specialist and Press Officer

IIASA seeks a Communications Specialist and Press Officer with a passion for science communication to help maximize the reach of IIASA’s research.

Job Summary:
To develop and implement communication strategies that (1) facilitate and support the communication efforts of scientists and (2) enhance IIASA’s profile in the media.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Head of Communications, the Communications Specialist and Press Officer will:
  • Develop and execute communication plans with the Head of Communications and/or research teams at Project, Program or Institute level;
  • Develop and deliver IIASA’s media strategy with the objective of increasing positive media coverage about IIASA in local, national, and international media;
  • Manage IIASA’s Press Office and press conferences, work proactively to the international news agenda, rapidly respond to press enquiries, initiate new press contacts and manage database of press contacts, all to cultivate excellent working relationships with the media;
  • Develop, write and pitch op-eds and science news releases with a high degree of scientific accuracy and in journalistic style;
  • Write material for press office (fact sheets, biographies etc.), articles for the Web Site, IIASA magazine, IIASA Director and other outlets;
  • Support the press activities of IIASA’s National Member Organizations (NMOs) with materials, and other activities that help facilitate improved information flow to NMOs;
  • Develop and implement diverse communications activities ranging from publications to multimedia to social media;
  • Cultivate excellent working relationships with IIASA scientists and support their dissemination efforts through offering professional communication advice, and organization of media training.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • University degree or comparable experience;
  • Excellent science writing skills and proven ability to present complex science information to a non-specialist audience;
  • At least five years experience as a professional journalist or press officer; alternatively at least five years experience as a scientist
  • communicating complex research to lay audiences;
  • Demonstrated understanding of media relations;
  • Proven ability in successfully implementing communications activities across a wide range of channels;
  • Native English speaker;
  • Proven excellent computer skills, with proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team and to maintain professional and productive relationships with scientists and staff from diverse nationalities.

Deadline for receipt of applications 29 February 2012.

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