Social Media and Science Communication Coordinator – Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled
A Social Media & Science Communication Coordinator is sought for employment at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON).  Science communication strategies at LUMCON focus on innovation and seek to catalyze change through that innovation. One of our highest priorities is experimenting with how our scientists and our brand interact with the public and our peers, rather than just following the status quo. We primarily use digital platforms to reach others, with a heavy investment in social media. LUMCON’s Social Media Program is the digital version of LUMCON, which connects people, enriches communities, and transforms understanding of coasts and oceans. We are looking for someone who has a passion for all things social media and content development. Above all, we are looking for someone who has the same passion for marine science that we do.  To read about our media program mission and core values visit
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Maintain a social media and science communication plan that highlights Louisiana marine science across our consortium members; the science, natural history, and facilities of the LUMCON Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA; and conveys the excitement and energy for the new growth phase of LUMCON within the boundaries of the mission and core values of the program.
* Implement and adjust this plan to drive traffic, engagement, and community growth across all LUMCON social media channels.
* Manage day-to-day content production and execution for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
* Engage and connect with consortium members, the public, Louisiana residents, students, and various LUMCON stakeholders.
* Coordinate events with science communicators interested in marine science and social media.
* Coordinate with media outlets to highlight LUMCON marine science.
* Communicate and collaborate with other LUMCON groups to support existing programs, cross-functional campaigns, and new initiatives.
* Analyze social media metrics and identify opportunities to better engage with the community and drive goals.
* Stay up-to-date on best practices on social media marketing and content development.
Qualities of a successful candidate:
* Believes in LUMCON’s mission
* Creative, proactive, innovative, and eager to learn and grow
* Strong communicator with a passion for marine science; comfortable communicating with scientists
* Analytical and strategic; a basic understanding of digital analytics
* Appreciates feedback and values honest, thoughtful critique
* BA/BS preferred
* Experience with and knowledge of marine science
* Experience in social media marketing and/or content development
* Established network of contacts in mainstream media outlets
* Experience in short- and long-format writing
* Preferred: experience generating, editing, and producing web video
The position will be based at the LUMCON Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA ( Duration and Start Date: Appointment is for 2 years, depending upon satisfactory performance, with a possibility of extension. The position is available immediately. Send a cover letter addressing each of bulleted points above, curriculum vitae or resume, three examples of science communication (e.g. blog posts, videos, articles, Facebook campaigns, etc.), and the name, address, phone and email contact for at least three individuals qualified to comment on your science communication work to Review of applications will begin February 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.


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