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Technical Communications Specialist II, Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Administrative Support, Communications & Public Relations, Full Time

PAY GRADE: 30E

CONTEXT OF THE JOB

The Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI) is a multi-institutional research center composed of 9 academic institutions and 1 national laboratory. The University of Delaware is the lead institution, and the center's administrative headquarters are located in the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab) on UD’s main campus. CCEI was established in 2009 by a multi-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, and was recently selected for continued funding. It is one of 32 Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) and one of few externally funded centers focusing on heterogeneous catalysis in the U.S. The center focuses on the development and utilization of heterogeneous catalysis to enable more efficient, less energy-intensive chemical transformations. Its research drives the science and technology that can lead to the conversion of cellulosic (non-food based) biomass and its derivatives to fuels and chemicals.

The Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute is led by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and focuses on catalysis and reactors, and is involved in other dimensions of RAPID’s research and development agenda led by other universities.

This position is responsible for the technical writing and editing of proposals and reports as required by sponsors and deemed appropriate by the director, including annual progress reports, brochures, booklets, webpages, social media posts, banners and other print and digital communications in support of CCEI and RAPID.

This position’s role combines editorial judgment, graphics design, and knowledge of writing technical and informational copy. At any one time, this position may serve as content researcher and developer, document production specialist–for journal artwork, scientific publications, proposals, and sponsor reports, and graphics–webmaster, social media contributor, project planner and client liaison/relationship manager, working with partners across the U.S. and around the world.

This position must collaborate and align with the University’s Office of Communications and Marketing branding and web accessibility initiatives on all projects and programs.  

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Meet with CCEI/RAPID faculty, staff, and students to outline messaging goals for proposals and reports and identify and pursue story ideas to communicate those themes.
  • Develop, coordinate and/or implement the overall concept, content and outreach efforts with sponsors.
  • Products include proposals, reports, displays at technical conferences and multimedia-integrated exhibits, social media and adaptations of print materials for the web.
  • Solicit faculty and administrative input.
  • Write and edit text in style appropriate to intended audience. Set production schedule, meet deadlines and review proofs.
  • Produce compelling digital content for CCEI and RAPID websites by interviewing faculty, students and alumni; writing featured content and scripts; capturing/editing still images; and/or creating short video/audio clips.
  • Write, edit, fact check, and proofread deadline-driven print and web pieces, including proposals and articles for DOE and AIChE on the activities and functions of the two programs.
  • Initiate and write stories for the website covering events, awards and other accomplishments of CCEI and RAPID to communicate to sponsors.
  • Work with collaborative direction from OCM Research Communications in the identification of potential topics, people and discoveries for coverage by UDaily and the Research magazine. Work collaboratively with OCM videographers, artists, art directors, photographers and social media specialists to develop brochures, pamphlets, publications, social media initiatives and other communications materials.
  • Develop outreach materials to communicate science for graduate student recruitment, educational programs and workforce development.
  • Develop materials for industrial members and sponsors.
  • Special projects and miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and four years of job related experience in communications, graphics design, journalism or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Expertise in technical writing and editing and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to adapt content and style to a variety of audiences.
  • A very strong understanding of multimedia products, publications, web pages, social media, and other methods to translate complex research and academic programs in the engineering disciplines using various tools (e.g., print, multimedia, web).
  • Knowledge, experience and understanding of web content development in WordPress or other web content management system.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and other related software packages required.
  • Ability to create effective PowerPoint presentations using text, graphs, diagrams, themes, videos, etc.
  • Effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to present scientific research for lay audiences. Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Ability to perform editorial research.
  • Ability to work effectively with a range of scientific and creative professional colleagues, including senior faculty, scientific and technical professionals, students, art directors, photographers/videographers, graphic designers and social media specialists.
  • Ability to use independent judgment to gather, manage and impart information to various internal and external audiences. Must be self-driven and demonstrate teamwork and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work on multiple projects simultaneously, while managing competing priorities.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Work occasional evenings and weekends for special events. 

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