Communications/Media Specialist - Gulf Research Program

Washington D.C.
Jun 27, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
Engineering, Research
Full Time

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine established the Gulf Research Program (GRP) in 2013 as part of legal settlements involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The program seeks to enhance offshore oil system safety and protect human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. outer continental shelf areas. The program has $500 million for use over 30 years to fund grants, fellowships, and other activities aimed at improving understanding of the region’s interconnecting human, environmental, and energy systems and fostering application of these insights to benefit Gulf communities, ecosystems, and the nation.



Under general guidance and direction, the Gulf Research Program (GRP) Communications/Media Specialist plans, develops, and coordinates internal and external communications efforts, funding opportunity outreach, events, and other outreach and dissemination activities in order to expand awareness of the GRP’s activities and accomplishments. This includes planning, developing, and advising on communication and dissemination strategies and designing, overseeing, and implementing communication, media, and dissemination projects using various media including print, electronic, video, and social media and web.



    Works closely with GRP program staff to plan and implement a broad set of communications and dissemination initiatives that support the GRP’s mission and goals. Assists in the development and implementation of communications strategies, policies, and procedures under the initiatives. Independently plans, writes, and edits communications materials, including funding opportunity announcements, news releases, electronic newsletters and updates, informational program materials, presentations, annual reports, social media content, and other communications products. Organizes, coordinates, and manages schedules and related details for communications and dissemination activities, including funding opportunity campaigns, conferences, speaking engagements, and other opportunities for engaging with stakeholders. Assists in creating, maintaining, and managing the GRP’s online presence, including website and social media. Includes gathering and analyzing online metrics. Maintains, develops, and expands contact lists for communication and dissemination activities using database and CRM tools. Assists in the administration of database and CRM tools. Assists in reviewing and editing materials intended for dissemination and public release to ensure clear and effective communication and that materials represent the best interests of the National Academies and adhere to institutional dissemination, branding, usability, and design guidelines. Designs and produces and/or provides advice and management assistance in the design and production of graphical communications products, including flyers, templates, presentations, posters, banners, videos, and other products, using internal resources or external vendors.   Identifies and develops new ways and appropriate vehicles to communicate and disseminate information about the GRP’s activities and accomplishments in order to reach new and expanded target audiences. Possibilities include podcasts, videos, webinars, and targeted marketing campaigns Performs internal and external research and gathers data on communications issues relevant to GRP activities and accomplishments. Keeps abreast of relevant science and policy developments, discussions, and news stories pertaining to the GRP’s mission and goals.


  • Related duties and special projects as assigned.



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong organizational and coordination skills with a detail-oriented aptitude. Strong computer and technical skills. Ability to solve varied and complex problems. Ability to operate independently, and exercise appreciable latitude for independent judgment, discretion, and action. Ability to develop effective working relationships with co-workers and work successfully in a team environment with a proven ability to interact with all levels of employees. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness.


Physical Capabilities: Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time.


Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: None.


Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Reports to Manager/Director. General direction is provided.


Work Environment: Office environment with occasional travel between National Academies’ facilities and to off-site locations.


Any qualification to be considered equivalent, in lieu of stated minimum, requires the prior approval of the Office of Human Resources.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Some functions in this description may be specific to a particular unit of the National Academies and not applicable to other units. 

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