Job Announcement: Web Communications Specialist

The American Ornithological Society (AOS), a membership-based scientific society, seeks a highly motivated individual with the talent and creativity to deliver the Society’s online communications and social media. The successful candidate will have solid experience with online communication programs and services, including website development, social media, publicity, and content management. Strong writing and marking skills, proven interpersonal skills, and the desire to work in a mission-driven organization would be strong advantages. This is an outstanding opportunity for someone seeking to be part of a modern, nimble communications program in a growing professional society. The Communications Specialist will also be involved in society efforts to revise and implement a comprehensive communications strategy for the AOS.

Position Detail

  • The Communications Specialist is a part-time contractual position, 1 Jan through 31 Dec, 2017. Compensation is $29,000 for 25 hours per week, on average.
  • The successful candidate may be positioned in Chicago, or elsewhere.
  • Start date: as soon as the position is filled

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree with 1-2 years communications experience, preferably with an academic department, scientific or technical society, or nonprofit. 1-2 years writing, editing, and/or reporting scientific-related content.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing social media, HTML, and Photoshop
  • Working knowledge of a content management system (e.g. WordPress, Drupal), and ability to learn other systems are essential.
  • Effective time-management: proactive, efficient, ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously and to plan for both short- and long-term projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, with demonstrated standards for grammatical and visual consistency, function, and accuracy.
  • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of people, including AOS employees, current/potential members, stakeholders and vendors.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and interest in birds
  • Programming skills (e.g., PHP)
  • Experience with Drupal

To apply:

To view a detailed description of the position, click here.

Please submit a cover letter and CV (no more than two pages) in electronic format to: Crystal Ruiz, AOS Administrator. Closing Date: 30 December

The AOS is in an equal opportunity employer.

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About the American Ornithological Society

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is an international society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of birds, enriching ornithology as a profession, and promoting a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds. The AOS publishes two international journals and a book series. The society’s checklists serve as the accepted authority for scientific nomenclature and English names of birds in North and Middle America, and in South America. The AOS also sponsors The Birds of North America Online in partnership with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. The society is based in Chicago, with offices hosted at The Field Museum. For more information, see www.americanornithology.org.

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