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#94468 Media Communications Specialist 3

Extended Deadline: Mon 10/22/2018

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 07/23/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.


Provides analysis and information on complex results or activities, searches out and writes stories, conducts interviews, sets up press conferences, and arranges for photography, video, or graphics to accompany news releases. Work is of moderate complexity/difficulty and may include planning and implementing limited media campaigns.

The Media Communications Specialist (MCS) for the Qualcomm Institute works closely with the Communications Director to implement a communications plan. The incumbent will maintain excellent relations with regional and national news media, science writing, devising creative story pitches, and proactively seeking media placements in national publications.

Duties include media relations, editing and writing for various publications and news releases, speech writing, using electronic communications and the web, community outreach, development communications, corporate communications, marketing plans and implementation, and special events. Develop and deliver workshops and presentations to staff and student researchers on methods to successfully communicate research to broader, nontechnical audience. As a representative of the Institute in a visible PR role, manage and conduct tours and demonstrations of facilities and research.

The successful applicant will write at a high level on science and technology topics, but also be flexible enough to write about the arts and other academic areas within the Institute's interdisciplinary research agenda. Given the importance of media relations, it is preferable for the MCS to have previous experience in an editorial capacity with a news publication or electronic media. Learning how to gather information from disparate sources and to write on deadline are critical skills, as are interpersonal skills in dealing with the media as well as with the Institute's affiliated faculty, students and researchers and their labs and research centers, who are the subject of the largest number of news and feature stories and news releases written by the MCS.


  • Graduation from college with a major in journalism, communications, or another subject area related to writing, and professional writing ability; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience of at least (3- 5) three to five years of professional writing.

  • Demonstrated public relations experience in an academic environment or in a high technology company.

  • Thorough knowledge of the concepts and principles of news, media communications and media relations. Ability to act as a liaison with the media representatives and information sources.

  • Thorough skills in understanding and effectively utilizing all news/media mediums including broadcast news, the internet, social media and other emerging technologies.

  • May require knowledge of specialty areas such as broadcast news including TV/radio, internet and other emerging technologies.

  • Thorough knowledge of the location, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, objectives, programs and infrastructure. Ability to work as part of a distributed, collaborative communications team.

  • Thorough written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills, including a strong sense of a good story and understanding of the topics that may be of interest to various publics and will incorporate key location messages.

  • Proven ability to read, evaluate and comprehend scientific and technology journal articles and other materials produced by Institute affiliated faculty and researchers.

  • Proven ability to quickly write and edit copy by other communications personnel with minimal supervision. Ability to proof and edit written material from other staff to create consistent and integrated materials.

  • Demonstrated skill with MS Word, Web browsers, MS PowerPoint, and Adobe Photoshop/ImageReady.

  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills and attention to detail. Strong presentation skills. Ability to effectively and knowledgeably represent the organization.

  • Ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences, from the general public to industry and researchers with scientific and technical backgrounds.

  • Good judgment, political acumen, and thorough organizational skills. Skill to maintain confidentiality.


Must be willing and able to travel.

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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Days, 8 hrs/day, M-F