Employment Opportunities

Communications Specialist

  • Apply By Date: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

Department Description

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) at UC Davis is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The WCAHS mandate is to improve and protect the health and safety of farmers, farm workers, and their families through research, education, and training. The center is one of 11 agricultural centers across the country, representing California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Arizona. Associated programs include California-funded contracts such as the Worker Occupational Safety and Health Education Program (WOSHTEP) and the Statewide Agriculture and Farmworker Education (SAFE) Program.

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS) program director and the WCAHS-affiliated faculty the Communications Specialist will independently lead center communications and technical writing for diverse agricultural audiences served by WCAHS and its associated programs.

The Communications Specialist’s core functions will include writing and editing a wide range of content including scientific documents, blogs, slide presentations, research summaries, practical ‘how to’ articles, and short safety messages for limited literacy workers. The position will lead manuscript writing and editing, federal grant writing and submission, and report writing. The position will work independently to translate complex research scientific concepts into readable and compelling text and graphics for various target audiences. Provide writing and technical editing support for all documents as needed: rewrite and reorganize the technical content of documents to minimize repetitive, ambiguous text, edit a variety of comprehensive and difficult material for logic, organization, rational development of content, and emphasis, coordinate editorial changes of multiple writers of documents. Direct efforts and assist in grant and contract proposal development, technical editing, planning, preparing, organizing.

Additionally, the position will lead all external communications for WCAHS, including center newsletters, press releases, website content, and social media. The position will work collaboratively with center researchers and outreach and education specialists to accurately convey center activities for external stakeholders. WCAHS publishes most of its material in both English and Spanish and the Communications Specialist is responsible for ensuring accuracy and consistency in both languages. The position will utilize existing center branding and style guides, implement and enhance the communications strategy, make recommendations for improvements based on emerging trends and stakeholder preferences, and present analysis of metrics to leadership at least biannually. This position will also support WCAHS and its associated programs by providing technical support, event support, and additional as-needed support as requested.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education/Experience:         

  • Experience and advance knowledge of communication concepts and principles, including professional writing structure, procedures, practices, and styles.
  • Experience organizing and collaborating with a diverse team to write complex research grant and contract proposals for submission to federal and state agencies, as well as private and corporate foundations.
  • Experience and familiarity with MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, working with styles, themes, templates, cross references, and bibliographic plug-in applications (e.g., Mendeley, EndNote).
  • Experience translating scientific information into digestible messages for lay audiences. Experience maintaining a website and social media accounts (e.g., Twitter, Instagram)..

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):

  • Advanced skills in editing and writing technical documents containing scientific terminology and consolidating such documents from multiple authors.
  • Excellent attention to detail in copy editing and reviewing design assets, proofs, and print resources.
  • Organizational and advanced skills to prioritize workload with multiple projects and competing deadlines and conduct literature searches and managing a database of research publications.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills to interact/communicate with team members, community partners, and clients respectfully and clearly.

Preferred Education/Experience:         

  • Experience collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data.
  • Experience using InDesign and/or Illustrator to create graphic design assets.
  • Experience using UC Davis’ SiteFarm website platform.
  • Experience using Canva to create branded social media posts.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):

Technical scientific expertise in related fields, political acumen, and sensitivity.

  • Knowledge of agricultural health and safety issues; occupational and
  • environmental health issues.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English and Spanish.

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writing research proposals by applying experience to revise study designs.

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TERM OF APPOINTMENT:
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View the full position description: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF05398

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