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#110977 Communications Program Manager

Extended Deadline: Mon 10/25/2021

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This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/11/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/20/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Communications Program Manager independently oversees a comprehensive communications program for California Sea Grant with moderately complex communications requirements. The communications program usually includes written, visual, digital and electronic communications. Collaborates with management to develop and execute organizational communication and market branding strategy. Designs and implements information campaigns. The Communications Program Manager will serve as the primary lead for CASG's Communications and will provide work direction to the small communication's team.

The position will work with the CASG Director and other members of the Management Team (Extension Program Director and Assistant Director) to develop and employ communication tools and approaches that reflect program needs and priorities, and that will advance the role of science in effective stewardship and management of the coastal ocean. To accomplish its mission the CASG Communications team produces, publishes and disseminates a range of products that include an annual Program Directory, newsletters, frequent project summaries & profiles, news releases and maintains the CASG website. Responsible for the program’s reporting requirements, including overseeing the gathering and entering of annual data about CASG program activities into PIER, the National Sea Grant reporting database.

Serves as part of the CASG Management Team, and will be responsible for coordinating all formal communications activities of the CASG program, providing communications support to Sea Grant Management and the Extension Program. The position will be responsible for day-to-day administration and implementation of all public relations and communications activities of the Sea Grant program. Serves as the primary science writer and editor for CASG, provides oversight of the writing, posting, publishing and distributing newsletters, project summaries and profiles, and press releases describing, highlighting and promoting the various activities of CASG’s extension specialists and funded researchers.


  • Master’s degree plus at least two (2) years of on-the-job experience in science-related communications and marketing, and/or Bachelor's degree plus at least five (5) years of on-the-job experience in science-related communications and marketing and/or equivalent experience/ training.

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

  • 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.

  • Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills. Highly polished writing and editing skills, strong presentation and verbal communication skills - generated through critical attention to detail. Thorough skills to write clear, lively, engaging and compelling copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences, while maintaining brand.

  • 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. In all instances, the acumen of the Communication's Program Manager will include characteristics of professionalism in conversation, attitude, behavior, and attentiveness to people.

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

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

  • Ability to be collaborative, dynamic, team player, detail-oriented, critical thinker, self-motivated, enthusiastic, resourceful - "will-figure-it-out" attitude, customer-focused, adaptable, conscientious.

  • Demonstrates intermediate knowledge of marketing disciplines and concepts.

  • Proven skill in writing and copy editing a wide range of marketing materials, including: websites, emails, social media posts, videos, press releases, feature articles, reports, correspondence, training manuals, calendar announcements and other types of written material.

  • Strong general knowledge of science, the scientific method and familiarity with marine science.

  • Ability to read, comprehend and interpret scientific publications and reports and from them write articles, newsletters and project summaries for communication to other technical and educated-lay audiences.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of publishing processes, photojournalism and feature photography and ability to conceptualize photos, video and illustrations to accompany writing assignments, especially for feature articles, videos and web uses.

  • Strong ability to identify opportunities for various components of the program to have positive interactions with key program audiences and assist the Sea Grant director, Extension director, and other Sea Grant personnel with communications and public relations activities with key audiences at the state, regional and national levels

  • Knowledge and experience with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networking tools, including emerging tools.

  • Ability to interact comfortably and professionally with researchers, students, university administration, government scientists, agency representatives, and media.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all matters.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Will be required to work an occasional non-standard work week, including weekends.

  • Occasional out-of-town travel is required.

  • Confidentiality is a condition of employment due to access to sensitive materials found in proposals.

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Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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