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#103462 Communications Officer

Extended Deadline: Thu 2/20/2020

Job posting will remain open until position is filled.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 01/16/20 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/27/20. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.



UC San Diego is a world-leader in microbiome research, biomedical engineering, quantitative measurements and modeling, cellular and chemical imaging, drug discovery, “omics” sciences and much more. We draw interdisciplinary teams of these researchers together to push the boundaries of human understanding of microbiomes — the distinct constellations of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that live within and around humans, other species and the environment.

The objective of the Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI), one of the many Agile Research Centers housed within the Jacobs School of Engineering, is to accelerate microbiome research and understanding through partnerships with industry sponsors. Together we will develop novel tools and methods to improve human health and benefit the environment.


Oversees a comprehensive communications program for the Center for Microbiome Innovation with complex communications requirements. The communications program usually includes written, visual, digital and electronic communications. Works with management to develop and execute organizational communication and market branding strategy. Designs and implements information campaigns.

With work direction provided by the Executive Director of the CMI, creates and implements strategic communications plans and projects primarily driven to an industry partner audience. Performs a wide range of duties in the following areas: editing, writing, scheduling external communications and features for various publications, uses email, blogs and the web, community outreach, development communications, marketing plans and implementation, social media and special events.

Works and collaborates regularly with other senior staff to shape, create, and develop external and internal institutional relations objectives and positions. Emphasis is on maintaining excellent relations with both faculty and staff as well as existing and future industry partners to create a content rich experience.


  • Knowledge of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications.

  • Proven knowledge of the organization, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, policies, practices, infrastructure, and a strong knowledge of current affairs, and issues in higher education and/or health sciences.

  • Thorough understanding and experience in all news/media mediums including the internet, social media and other emerging technologies.

  • Experience creating clear, easy-to-navigate, informative, accurate, well-designed, and functional web sites that provide web content consistent with the organization's message and in keeping with management directives and client objectives.

  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.

  • Thorough knowledge and skills to advise and consult with management to ensure delivery of the desired message to the target and/or broad general audiences.

  • Ability to comprehend academic research as well as industry needs and to write and translate the work in a way that is understandable to the general public.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of content management systems and/or relevant web applications used for web production and organization-specific computer application programs.

  • Knowledge and understanding of technical applications to effectively direct technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications.

  • Proficiency using computer applications for web production, image handling, publishing and design, illustration, presentation preparation, animation, web interaction, and/or other state-of-the-art web communication capabilities.

  • Experience with and ability to use and learn software or platform including Adobe suite, CRM, Newsletter tools, Blog tools, Website platform management, etc.

  • Proven skills to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long and short term strategic communications plans.

  • Thorough knowledge of location protocols and channels for communication internally and externally.

  • Thorough knowledge of Microbiome research and/or industry.


  • Evening and weekend work occasionally are required.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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$75,000 - $85,000 /year
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday