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February 2017

Contributing Editor (Education Specialist)

Position Overview:

The Contributing Editor (Education Specialist) will be responsible for the editorial oversight of the planning, production and distribution of the Ultimate Careers (UC) suite of content. This suite is aimed at promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers and pathways to students and educators through engaging content and resources. The current suite includes an annual magazine, app and dedicated social media and online channels.

In a dynamic environment, the position provides the opportunity to develop your production and editorial skills working across the delivery of public events, and the creation of sponsored and non-sponsored video and written content.

Specific Duties:

  • Determine editorial strategic priorities for the UC Channel and suite of products.
  • Curation, upload and upkeep of aggregated content to meet UC editorial strategic priorities and growth targets and those of Australia’s Science Channel: including the creation of collections/playlists and complementary articles, recording updates on new content from publishers and news from research.
  • As part of the production team, produce and deliver events, digital resources and content from concept through to final presentation, ensuring all production and editorial standards for Australia’s Science Channel are met.
  • Provide support, as required under direction of the Programs Manager, in the creation and production of sponsored content.
  • Work with the external publisher of the UC magazine regarding production and distribution.
  • Promote Australia’s Science Channel’s Ultimate Careers suite by liaising with relevant groups and individuals to increase audience and identify opportunities to build and maintain relationships.
  • Respond to other channel requests as needed (through internal production capacity)
  • Be a visible presence for Australia’s Science Channel (on the platform and through social accounts via reposting).
  • Horizon scanning – staying up to date with current news, research, people and pop culture in the fields of STEM education and science.
  • Any other duties as required to meet the objectives of the organisation.

Experience / Knowledge:

Essential

  • Holds a degree in Education with experience in the education sector.
  • Experience in digital content curation and production.
  • Proven project management skills with the ability to prioritise under pressure.
  • Good familiarity with STEM education, research, communication and policy arenas.

Desirable

  • Strong and broad interest in STEM and the scientific process
  • Good understanding of the online environment and emerging technologies

Skills/Abilities:

  • The ability to effectively communicate and translate scientific concepts to non-specialist audiences through a variety of written and multimedia mediums.
  • Highly effective interpersonal and negotiation skills, including the demonstrated ability to identify, connect and maintain relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Highly developed administrative and organisational skills, and demonstrated ability to follow through and complete designated tasks, on time, at a high level of quality and commitment.
  • Excellent written communication skills with a variety of formats including blogs, scripts, media releases and reports.
  • Impeccable presentation skills
  • To be a creative, daring and relevant thinker
  • Ability and willingness to tailor skills to new or unexpected tasks.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment with a flat management structure
  • Event management and delivery skills

Other Conditions:

  • This role is offered on a 1.0FTE basis and in line with your contract
  • Current Police Clearance required for successful applicant
  • Out of hours work may be required to deliver aspects of this role.
  • Some intra/interstate travel may be required.

RiAus Internships

RiAus is keen to support development of new science communicators. RiAus internships provide an opportunity to gain experience at one of Australia’s leading science communication organisations, and the chance to work on a real project in science communication.
Internships are available for a period of 1-6 weeks, negotiable and dependent on the project offered.
Internships are available to:

  • Post-graduate and undergraduate science communication, science, journalism or marketing students;
  • Students currently enrolled (or within 12 months of graduation) at an Australian university; or
  • Students which have completed at least one year of a full-time undergraduate course.

Gain experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Public science programming including event design and management,
  • Audio and video production,
  • Working with educators and young people, and
  • Producing content for the web.

Internships are unpaid but a meal and travel allowance of $250 per week is offered.

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