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Science Communicator at Field Museum

Science Communicator

Field Museum Chicago, IL Full-Time
The Field Museum is a not-for-profit museum located on Chicago's Museum Campus. In the Field's 125+ year history, which started in 1893 at the World's Columbian Exposition in the "White City." We have engaged in research on all seven continents, cultivated a collection of over 40 million specimens and objects, engaged with hundreds of thousands of students from Chicago and the surrounding areas, and welcomed millions of visitors to the Museum each year. We accomplish this through the efforts of our dynamic and diverse staff of not only scientists and educators, but also front line staff in Visitor Services and Membership, Protection Services, Facility Planning, and Operations, as well as behind the scenes support staff.

The Field Museum is searching for a Science Communicator to join our team in the Keller Science Action Center!

The Keller Science Action Center (KSAC) is an interdisciplinary center at the Field Museum that translates museum science into results for conservation and community wellbeing. KSAC's Science Communicator creates and manages internal and external communications pieces through established museum channels to position the Center as a thought leader in conservation science and action. This individual leads the implementation of the Keller Science Action Center's communications strategy targeting key audiences, from donors and conservation partners to Museum membership and the general public. The position also chairs KSAC's Communications Working Group and collaborates with colleagues in the Center and across the Museum to translate Field Museum science into stories that compel action for conservation and quality of life. The Science Communicator reports to the KSAC Director and works closely with the Conservation Tools program and the Action leadership team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Lead process of prioritizing the stories we most want to tell and the audiences with whom they should be shared, aligning our storytelling with our strategic vision and objectives
* Design and implement coherent, efficient communications strategy and processes for producing communications pieces
* Produce summary documents such as annual, Committee, and donor reports; work with the Administrative Coordinator to keep key communications materials up-to-date, such as one-pagers, staff intros, and program and project updates
* Create written, visual, web, and multimedia communications and data visualizations as strategic opportunities emerge, including op-eds and commentaries
* Direct Action Communications Working Group
* Serve as an advisor, editor, and reviewer on high-priority Action publications and materials
* Work with graphic designers, artists, videographers, etc. to tell Action's story
* Help shape communications about conservation science by collaborating and coordinating with Marketing and other departments to develop and refine press materials, e-newsletters, social media, blogs, and to refine KSAC's web presence
* Bring Action communications, updates, concerns, and questions to museum-wide and cross-departmental meetings
* Represent Action in Field Content Plan Meetings; serve as a Brand Ambassador
* Co-lead the Data-Driven Storytelling initiative, connecting it with the Action Communications Strategy
* Help identify the key indicators of our work's success and support communication of these indicators
* Advise and collaborate in the development of visual tools and platforms (e.g., infographics, maps, microsites, dashboards) to help tell our stories effectively
* Through conferences, classes, webinars, and/or other continuing education methods, stay informed of science communication trends and tools and topic areas relevant to the Action Center's work


* Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in social science, interdisciplinary environmental studies, communications, or journalism
* 5+ years of relevant experience
* Intermediate knowledge of ecology, conservation, social science, and applied research
* Demonstrated ability to tell compelling stories to a range of audiences in a variety of formats such as social media, web, print media, annual reports, etc.
* Excellent writing, editing, and speaking skills
* Intermediate to advanced graphic design or video editing and production skills; working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere
* Strong time management and organization skills
* Experience facilitating collaborative work, including between and across departments or organizations; meeting preparation, facilitation, and follow-up; and professional communication
* Commitment to continued learning in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion competencies
* Bilingual (Spanish) preferred

Interested applicants should submit their resume or CV and a cover letter that describes their experience and expertise in science communications, particularly for environmental or sustainability issues.

Important Note: In order to protect the health and safety of our employees, guests and their families, the Field Museum is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions from the vaccine will not be considered as given the nature of this position, we are unable to provide an accommodation for anyone who has not been vaccinated.

The Field Museum is an equal opportunity workplace and employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or any other protected class. We strive to create a working environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and one that promotes human dignity and mutual respect among all staff. We believe every member of our organization enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, to identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions.

The Field Museum strives to ensure that our career website and recruiting process are accessible to all. If you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our online application, or if you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to [ Email address blocked ] - Click here to apply to Science Communicator.

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