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4 Jun 2022

Full-Time Risk Communication Assistance & Stakeholder Engagement Spec.

Ocean Associates Inc. – Posted by oai1 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Job Description

Ocean Associates Inc. (OAI), together with our teaming partner, IBSS, seeks a full-time Communications Specialist to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) in Silver Spring, MD. CO-OPS is the authoritative source for accurate, reliable, and timely tides, water levels, currents, and other coastal oceanographic and meteorological information. The person in this position will provide support for stakeholder engagement, outreach, and/or technical assistance regarding products and tools related to flooding and inundation.

Key Responsibilities may include:

  • Engagement and outreach support requires identifying stakeholders (e.g. end users, partners, and other audiences), developing focused and strategic engagement plans, including key messages and questions, executing those plans, and using input gained to inform product or service delivery improvements.
  • Stakeholder engagement responsibilities may include developing partnerships, designing and implementing engagement tactics (e.g. surveys, focus groups, and interviews, and other social science methodologies), developing and facilitating engagement workshops, and communicating findings.
  • Communicate findings from stakeholder needs assessment and engagement to various federal, state, regional, and national management authorities, environmental organizations, and the water resource community through plans, reports, presentations, briefings, and other outreach activities, toward the goal of developing or improving actionable information for coastal decision-making.
  • Coordinate with existing internal efforts on customer engagement and technical assistance.
  • Support development of training materials and courses related to oceanographic products and services.
  • Technical assistance responsibilities include serving as a liaison between external partners and CO-OPS subject-matter experts for technical support and training regarding flooding and inundation products and tools.
  • Technical assistance also may include responding to users’ data and product requests, creating training materials, and providing outreach on CO-OPS products and services to users and partners.

Salary: Part-time and full-time opportunities available. Pay commensurate with experience. Generous employee benefits.

Location: Silver Spring, MD

Requirements and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in some combination of communications, stakeholder engagement, and marine policy with knowledge or experience in oceanography, geodesy, or marine science. Candidates with a graduate degree in social science and demonstrated knowledge of coastal science may also be qualified to perform this task. With a master’s degree, at least two years of relevant experience are also required. If the candidate has a doctorate degree (with or without a master’s), no additional professional experience is required.
  • Must have had coursework or professional experience in communications, marketing, and outreach.
  • Requires demonstrated skill in communicating, both orally and in writing, complex scientific principles to non-scientific audiences.
  • Requires superior interpersonal and networking skills, particularly with respect to engaging stakeholders and building professional networks. Experience with surveys, focus groups, and other social science methods is preferred.
  • Requires a demonstrated ability to organize and self-manage workload, collaborate well with others, and meet deadlines.
  • Must be proficient in using the Microsoft Windows operating system, Microsoft Office applications, and Google’s Collaboration Suite (e.g., Docs, Sheets, and Slides) for analyzing data and developing and editing documents and presentations.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and collaboratively in a team/group setting.
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback and implement appropriate action.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please APPLY THROUGH OUR ADP WEB PORTAL, AT THE LINK AT THE TOP RIGHT OF THIS PAGE.

Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply. When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:

  • Cover letter that briefly describes how you meet the required and preferred qualifications listed.
  • Work history for past 10 years or since last full-time education.
  • Education.
  • Previous experience or training with similar requirements.
  • Three professional references.
  • Include your name in the document file name.
  • Upload your resume in readable, not scanned, PDF or Word format (PDF is preferred).

How to Apply  

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

Job expires in 67 days.

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