The SciTech Institute is seeking a full-time Communications Coordinator to nurture the growing need to support communications for the SciTech Institute’s key programs, including the Chief Science Officers, the Arizona SciTech Festival, Science For All Arizona, Arizona Middle School and High School Science Bowls, the Counting Bee, as well as the SciTech Institute brand itself.
Key responsibilities will be to support general communications, PR, brand integrity and monitor performance metrics. Given the ambitious duties described herein, the position will be housed at one of Arizona’s leading advertising agencies, LaneTerralever (LT), and receive support and mentorship from the LT team for strategy and implementation. The successful candidate will be a self-starter, outgoing, team player, problem solver and have a passion to meaningfully communicate with business, the community and the general public about STEM and our related programs.
General Communications (40%)
- Develop stories about SI happenings via written, pictorial, video and audio mediums;
- Communicate happenings through articles, blogs, vlogs and podcasts;
- Regularly produce Institute e-newsletters;
- Write monthly communication updates to the SI;
- Maintain Institute website content and format;
- Oversee social media strategy, engagement and execution; and
- Engage local, state and national media outlets (TV, radio, print, online).
Brand and Network Support (40%)
- Develop the brand and communications strategy for the SI and its programs;
- Oversee collateral and website design that communicates about the SI such as content, annual reports, processes and procedures;
- Monitor brand use by the internal team and external collaborators;
- Design and implement campaigns to increase the number and engagement of collaborators, sponsors and general public users;
- Oversee large scale communications to collaborator and sponsor networks;
- Design and implement a campaign to increase the numbers of individuals contributing to Science for All leveraging various SI networks.
- Monitor and report communication performance metrics;
- Document the communication processes and procedures developed;
- Organize media content, videos, pictures, past stories, etc.;
- Attend business and community meetings, conferences and networking events to represent Institute programs and opportunities with community stakeholders;
- Attend regular staff meetings, key events and other activities.
Preferred Skills, Experience and Approach
- Proficiency with business applications such as MS Office (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word), Keynote and Google applications;
- Knowledge of CRM systems (Esp. Salesforce) and some experience with basic database management;
- Communication skills in networking, public speaking, making presentations and writing;
- Understanding of the importance of outbound marketing to an organization;
- Capability to act on own initiative, exercise good judgment, manage expectations, problem solve;
- Ability to formulate and interpret a range of requests while following policies;
- Proven ability to multi-task and react positively to time critical situations;
- Possess a can-do approach and attitude;
- Works effectively in a team and independently;
- Organizational and communication skills combined with creative thought processes;
- Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning principles and practices; and
- Attention to detail and accuracy in reporting.
- Increase the number of business and community partners engaged in SI programs by 15-25%;
- Increase the number of public audiences engaged in SI programs by 25-50% annually;
- Increase the number of contributions to Science for All by 30-50 annually;
- Increase the number of media hits by 15-30% annually; and
- Complete key communication projects and campaigns such as the SI brand development, Arizona SciTech Festival Outreach, Chief Science Officer’s Training Institutes; Science for All Campaign, Science Bowls, Counting Bee and the SciTech Kickoff and Thank you Events.
Education: Bachelor’s degree (preferred)
KEY PROGRAM BACKGROUND
Chief Science Officers – the Chief Science Officers program is the first of its kind where a 6th to 12th grade student is ELECTED by his/her peers to be their school’s liaison for STEM and innovation. The CSO becomes part of a cadre of student leaders who experience special leadership training, impact STEM opportunities at their school and local community, and work as a collective cabinet to give input and ideas to adult STEM leaders in the state or region. The CSO program aims to elevate the popularity of STEM and empowers students to bring opportunities to campus and ensure they (the students) are a respected voice for STEM within their communities. Moreover, CSOs are linked with community and industry mentors, who bring expertise, perspective, support and guidance.
Arizona SciTech Festival: the Arizona SciTech Festival has grown into one of the state’s largest collaborative around STEM. To this end we have over 800 collaborating organizations around business, education, government and community collaborating to put forth STEM based celebrations in their communities. There are now over 1500 events in more than 50 Arizona cities and towns. What has made the effort so unique is the festival’s ability to serve as common ground for communities to come together around STEM and innovation. As a result, it now serves many regions through community, education and economic development efforts. To this end, we are now anchored at the Arizona Commerce Authority with Arizona Board of Regions, ASU, UA, Arizona Science Center and the Arizona Technology Council Foundation as Foundational Partners.
Science for All Arizona: Per the Arizona Department of Education, there are over 1300 Arizona schools where the majority of students are living in poverty. The vision of Science For All is to provide these students with workplace employability and technical skills necessary for securing jobs in the STEM fields. The creation of this pool of high-tech talent will help attract employers to Arizona and improve Arizona’s standing as a STEM hub. Science for All utilizes the innovative Chief Science Officer (CSO) program as the vehicle to help youth develop employability and technical skills through STEM events, job training programs, mentor-ships, internships and other CSO program activities. We currently serve 99 Arizona schools with low-income student populations. There are over 1300 such schools in Arizona, representing a large unmet need.
The Arizona Science Bowl is a regional event of the National Science Bowl® (NSB). The competition consists of school teams from throughout the state. The teams are four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as a coach. Together, they face-off in fast-paced question and answer rounds and tested on a range of science disciplines. The high school question categories are: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Energy, Mathematics, and Physics. The middle school question categories are: Life Science, Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, Energy, Mathematics, and General Science. Winners of this regional Science Bowl will advance to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. More here.
The Counting Bee is a STEM competition open for K-12 students at all public, private, charter, and home schools in Arizona. We look forward to celebrating the fastest mathletes in each age group! This contest is designed to encourage the teaching of mental math exercises in a classroom, spark student’s interest in number patterns and arithmetic, and increase awareness of numeracy. More here.
About LaneTerralever: LaneTerralever encourages a culture of independent thought, innovation, and problem-solving – finding great solutions to new challenges. We are extremely motivated but have a great respect for work-life balance. We’re not big on egos and attitudes – we’re all here to learn from each other, create amazing work for our clients and to help shape the industry we work in. If you want to work for a firm that honors your experience, integrity, and passion for the business, then we are the company for you.
Benefits: Benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and 401(k).
How to Apply: Interested candidates should forward a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with Communications Coordinator in the subject line. No phone calls please.