[ASC-list] Job: Science Communication Coordinator, Ecological Society of Australia

Toni Stevens tas.stevens at gmail.com
Wed Jun 24 01:56:22 UTC 2020

Job Description:


The Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) is the peak group of ecologists
in Australia, representing members from across Australia who work in
universities and other research organisations, government agencies, NGOs,
private industry, practitioners, and consultancies. We are a national
not-for-profit formed in 1959. We are a registered environmental charity.

In conjunction with the Media Working Group, the Science Communication
Coordinator will help plan, develop and distribute content to promote the
ESA, ecology, and the work of ecologists in Australia; and advise on
strategic direction for ESA’s public communication and engagement
activities. This role reports to the Board through the Media Working Group
and Executive Officer.


The ESA’s mission is to ‘foster excellence in ecological science and
practice. We create an inclusive community to support research and
knowledge sharing to better understand ecological systems. We apply this
knowledge for the benefit of people and nature.’ One of our core values is
knowledge sharing, and our new Strategic Plan places a strong emphasis on
effective communication with members and others outside of the Society to
improve understanding of ecology more broadly, and integrate ecological
principles into environmental policy and society.

The incumbent will design and implement an integrated communication
strategy to support achievement of ESA’s aims as articulated in our
Strategic Plan 2020-2024. An effective communication strategy will enable:
meaningful communication with members, the capacity to reach and attract
potential members, and a stronger profile and appreciation of ecology
amongst the wider community.


   - Coordinate high quality member communications including content and
   distribution of the weekly e-News, and other email communications as
   - Grow the media profile and social media profile of the ESA, and
   ecology in Australia.
   - Develop and manage the ESA’s WordPress website, including liaising
   with web developers to maintain the website and develop new features.
   - Contribute to ESA media and communication activities including
   managing media activities around the annual conference, participating as an
   active member of the Media Working Group, preparing media releases, and
   undertaking other media liaison as required.
   - Work collaboratively on strategic communications across the Society to
   support the Board, working groups and members with communication activities.
   - Assist the Membership Manager and Executive Officer to manage online
   awards submission processes and the membership database as required.
   - Manage the ESA GSuite account, including Google Drive and Gmail
   accounts for Board members.
   - Monitor and evaluate communication activities, and provide regular
   reports to the Board.
   - Maintain engaging, accurate, and professional communications in
   accordance with ESA’s objectives and policies.


   - Experience delivering a coordinated communication strategy through
   multiple channels (e.g. website; eNewsletters; and social media)
   - Excellent verbal and written communication skills with proven ability
   to write engaging and effective messages
   - Experience in proactive and reactive media liaison and developing
   media networks
   - Proven ability to liaise and collaborate effectively, professionally,
   and respectfully with diverse stakeholder groups (e.g. Industry,
   government, Indigenous groups, media, and practitioners)
   - Ability to work with minimal supervision, using sound judgement and
   problem-solving skills to juggle competing priorities
   - Excellent attention to detail and commitment to quality
   - Demonstrated experience using the MS Office suite, GSuite, CMS, direct
   email marketing tools, CRM software packages, social media platforms
   including scheduling software, and photo editing tools
   - A passion for the work and mission of the ESA, and commitment to the
   principles of diversity, inclusiveness, and equal opportunity


   - Experience with the not for profit sector
   - Experience in the Environmental Science and/or Science communication
   - Multimedia or equivalent qualifications

*Benefits of the role*

   - Contribution to a NFP and to a positive environmental future
   - Work/Study life balance
   - Flexibility
   - Remote working (WFH)
   - Choice of contract or part-time employment
   - ESA membership
   - Opportunity to contribute ideas and shape the ESA’s activities
   - Opportunity to attend the ESA’s Annual Conference and planning days

This role:

   - Is a paid part-time position, approximately 20 hours/week;
   - $30 - $35 per hour based on experience


   - This role works closely with the ESA Board, Media Working Group,
   Executive Officer and other staff to manage the Society’s communication and
   public outreach;
   - Some travel may be required to attend meetings e.g. the annual ESA
   Board Planning Day, linked to the Annual Conference. Travel and
   accommodation costs in these circumstances will be covered by ESA.


Applicants should submit a cover letter, current resume and an application
outlining how their skills and experience meet the selection criteria for
this role. Please provide a minimum of two referees.

Gail Spina
 e: executiveofficer at ecolsoc.org.au
m: 0409 279 068

Applications should be submitted via the online application form
https://www.ecolsoc.org.au/forms/science-communication-coordinator by close
of business Monday July 13, 2020
Job Location:
Home-based position
Closing Date:
Monday, July 13, 2020
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