Science Writer (Extended Temporary Employment)

at University of Arizona/Human Resources Division in Tucson, Arizona, United States

Job Description

Science Writer (Extended Temporary Employment)
Posting Number 
Department Website Link
 Main Campus
 Tucson, AZ USA
Position Highlights 
 The Science Writer identifies, composes, and edits engaging stories and news releases about research at the University of Arizona that translate complex scientific information into understandable and appealing news for external media while also developing relationships with key stakeholders.
This is an Extended Temporary Employment (ETE) position. 

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please .
Duties & Responsibilities 
 Compose compelling and accurate stories about newsworthy research from peer-reviewed scientific journals and similar sources and place those stories with local, national, and international news media.
Develop relationships with science reporters, editors, and producers to anticipate coverage and place and pitch stories and university experts.
Work with the larger MarComm team to provide copy, visual assets, and expertise to make science interesting and consumable to larger audiences.
This position will also be responsible for communication-related activities determined by the AVP of External Communications related to promoting and communicating about the University of Arizona as a Tier 1 Research institution.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Strong command of grammar, punctuation, and AP style.
Excellent writing, editing, copywriting, and proofreading skills across multi-channel platforms.
Demonstrated ability to translate complex topics and research into a compelling story about the value and impact of the work for lay audiences.
Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
Technical proficiency and familiarity with CMS and other news content production platforms.
Ability to handle multiple projects with short and long-term deadlines.
Ability to take initiative and work independently.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
Minimum Qualifications 
 A bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications, English, Science, or related field and at least 3 years of professional news writing and editing experience.
Preferred Qualifications Master's degree in Journalism, Communications, English, Science, or a related field.
Experience using Drupal-based websites.
Full Time/Part Time 
 Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 
Job FTE 
Work Calendar 
Job Category 
 Communication and Marketing
Benefits Eligible 
 Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay 
Compensation Type 
 salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Career Stream and Level 
Job Family 
 Media Relations
Job Function 
 Communications & Marketing
Type of criminal background check required: 
 Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies 
Target Hire Date 
Expected End Date 
Contact Information for Candidates 
 Alexis Blue
Open Date 
Open Until Filled 
Documents Needed to Apply 
 Resume, Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents
Special Instructions to Applicant 
 Along with your application, resume, and cover letter, please submit three writing samples of news stories or news releases, in the "Additional Documents" area.
Diversity Statement 
 At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our... For full info follow application link.

The University of Arizona is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Job Posting: 5559635

Posted On: Nov 23, 2022

Updated On: Nov 23, 2022