[ASC-list] FW: Wanted: science writer for children's publications

Elizabeth.Yuncken at csiro.au Elizabeth.Yuncken at csiro.au
Mon Dec 6 05:42:22 UTC 2010


Of course this should read January-December 2011. Apologies for any confusion.

From: Yuncken, Liz (Education, Campbell)
Sent: Monday, 6 December 2010 4:31 PM
To: ASC list (asc-list at lists.asc.asn.au)
Subject: Wanted: science writer for children's publications

CSIRO Education is seeking a highly organised and creative person with excellent communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills to become part of a close-knit team responsible for the publication of The Helix, Scientriffic, Science by Email and Maths by Email. The position needs to be filled from the first week of January 2010 until December 2010. There is a possibility of extension after this period.
The Helix and Scientriffic magazines are part of CSIRO's Double Helix Science Club and are aimed at communicating science to readers of ages 10+ and 7+ respectively. Science by Email and Maths by Email are free email newsletters featuring news, activities and other content for readers aged 9 and above. All four publications have many teacher subscribers, as well as children and families.
The available position is for a science writer who will be part of a team of writers responsible for creating and sub-editing content for these four publications, including overseeing the work of freelance writers and sourcing images to illustrate the content. The position will work with two other science/maths writers under the direction of the editor; close and effective teamwork is essential for this role to ensure all publication deadlines are met. A more detailed position description and selection criteria are below.
The position would be at a CSOF3 level (salary in the range $53 000-68 000) and would be based in Canberra.
Those who are interested in the position should send a CV accompanied by a brief expression of interest outlining your claims to the position to elizabeth.yuncken at csiro.au<mailto:elizabeth.yuncken at csiro.au>. Expressions of interest close COB Monday 13 December 2010. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Regards

Liz Yuncken
Managing Editor
CSIRO Education
Phone: +61 2 6276 6264 | Fax: +61 2 6276 6641
elizabeth.yuncken at csiro.au<mailto:elizabeth.yuncken at csiro.au> | www.csiro.au<http://www.csiro.au>
Address: PO Box 225 Dickson ACT 2602

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Under the supervision of the Editor the science writer will:
*    Source and create content (including text and photos/illustrations) for The Helix, Scientriffic, Maths by Email, Science by Email and the education area of the CSIRO website.
*    Coordinate external contributions, including liaising with freelance writers and sub-editing contributions for the publications.
*    Generate ideas for content, promotion and other aspects of the publications and website.
*    Support the publications team in the implementation of sponsor, stakeholder and partner agreements and assist with the engagement of future sponsors as requested.
*    Maintain electronic and hard-copy records relating to all publications and the web.
*    Provide research assistance for the SCOPE TV show, including sourcing story ideas from within CSIRO and assisting with promotion of the program.
*    Work collaboratively with the publications team to:
     *    assist with the development and implementation of marketing strategies for CSIRO's Double Helix Science Club and other CSIRO Education projects, as time permits
     *    generate and implement ideas for the future development of the publications and web.
*    Undertake other duties as directed.

Selection criteria:
Essential:
   1. A demonstrated well-developed, broad knowledge of science and its applications, including experience developing hands-on activities suitable for the children and the general public.
   2. Highly effective written communication skills for a range of audiences, especially students and teachers.
   3. A high level of organisational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
   4. Well developed computer skills, including experience with the Microsoft Office suite.
   5. Sound interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate well to others and work as a member of a team.
   6. A demonstrated capacity for initiative, creativity and self-motivation.
Desirable:
   1. A science degree or equivalent.
   2. Experience in school education as a teacher or a related role.
   3. Marketing experience.

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