Science Communication Coordinator


Jan 01, 2019


Annapolis, MD

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is seeking a full-time, experienced science communications professional to lead communications activities. The primary focus of the Science Communications Coordinator is to enhance awareness and understanding of SESYNC research and opportunities within the community of socio-environmental scientists, scientific knowledge users, and policy makers. The Science Communications Coordinator will have lead responsibility for developing and coordinating communications across SESYNC’s research network and with the educated public. S/he will: 

  • Collaborate in development and implementation of a high-impact SESYNC communications strategy;

  • Develop and maintain close familiarity with SESYNC-supported research projects and key stakeholders;

  • Serve as point of contact between SESYNC-supported researchers and the media;

  • Coordinate communications efforts and foster collaboration with and among research teams, their home institutions, and with the broader research and education community;

  • Promote the mission and research accomplishments of the SESYNC network;

  • Cultivate and coordinate media outreach and placement of SESYNC results and opportunities;

  • Collaborate with SESYNC staff and postdocs to develop communications and promotional materials;

  • Ensure consistency of language and presentation in SESYNC’s outreach and communications materials;

  • Evaluate the success and efficacy of communication materials and strategies;

  • Support outreach and education events and general programs including organizing and running the weekly seminar series.


  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years experience OR Master’s degree with 3+ years experience.

  • At least two years of experience in communications to include science writing for the educated public, strategic use of social media, experience writing press releases, content management and/or other forms of web publishing.

  • Proven ability to write interesting and accessible copy about complex socio-environmental topics for a non-technical audience.

  • Experience using social media in a professional capacity

  • Possess excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to manage multiple projects; the ability to interact effectively with researchers, administrators, and the press; and, a demonstrated record of completing assignments


Strong interest and understanding of environmental science; demonstrated ability to interact with university administrators and faculty; photography/multimedia skills; experience with desktop publishing/graphic design are preferred.

How to Apply: 

Applications must be submitted through the University of Maryland's hiring system. 

Click here to apply online.

For best consideration, apply by January 1, 2019.