The Space Telescope Science Institute is the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the science and mission operations center for the James Webb Space Telescope. The Office of Public Outreach produces products and services that are the backbone of the news, education, and public outreach efforts for the missions. The achievements of the office helped to make the Hubble Space Telescope one of the most universally recognized scientific endeavors.
The Office of Public Outreach is currently seeking a Media Relations Specialist who will be responsible for identifying, writing, and placing science results from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) observatories including Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
A key responsibility of the candidate will be to participate in communicating HST & JWST science objectives and impact to the general public. The responsibilities will also include management of news requests for interviews and visits to STScI for onsite videography. The position also requires organizing news events at national conferences as well as advancing print, online and social media news networks. The Media Relations Specialist works to disseminate new space science research findings to make society aware and informed about astronomy’s scientific advances. Responsibilities include the following:
- Writes and edits content for various media relations and communications initiatives, including press releases, news pitches, web and social media content, organizational communications, blog posts, and other communications as assigned.
- Organizes and hosts all media visits to STScI from print and broadcast media. Arranges phone interview between astronomers and offsite science journalists.
- Assists with pitching science stories from STScI missions to reporters and bloggers.
- Collaborates with STScI News Chief and science writers to identify newsworthy science and communicate this research to the public.
- Devises new methods to effectively communicate with media via social media (Twitter, FaceBook, etc).
- Helps to organize press room operations at science meetings and supports operations of press conferences and press teleconferences.
- Writes and produces media reports to assess impact of news release using media reporting software.
- Works with the STScI Web Manager, graphics and writing team, and other colleagues to leverage analytic tools and maintain a deep knowledge of best practices in online content strategy to continuously enhance and optimize STScI’s news products.
- Helps compile and circulate the top astronomy stories from major news outlets for reporting, on weekly basis, to STScI management and NASA.
The candidate should possess the following skills:
- Five to eight years of experience as a science writer, reporter or editor.
- Demonstrated ability to assess newsworthiness of scientific findings and interviewing researchers for the purpose of translating complex science into simple concepts. Ability to write about scientific findings in a lively, colorful, engaging, way for the general public.
- Experience using writing and publishing software, Microsoft Word and Excel, WordPress, and social media platforms are required.
- Demonstrated professional experience in blogging, social media and in audio and/or video science communication.
- Knowledge of news media monitoring systems and familiarity with organizing press conferences for scientific meetings.
- Working knowledge of media relations and online content strategy, principles, and best practices.
- Familiarity with use of video technologies in news releases.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, science writing or a related field.
Interested candidates are requested to complete an on-line application through our website at http://www.stsci.edu/jobs and attach ONE PDF including a cover letter and resume in the "Resume Upload Section." Please include job # 16-0275 in the filename. Applications received by October 21, 2016 will receive full consideration. Campaign will stay open until the position has been filled.
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