Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume) :
Bachelor's degree (foreign equivalent or higher degree) , preferably in Communications, Journalism, Public Health, Public Policy, or other STEM-related field. At least five years of full-time professional experience in science communication either as a scientist, social scientist, science communication practitioner, and/or science communication trainer. Superior writing abilities with demonstrated experience communicating science. Interest in and experience with linking communications research and practice. Demonstrated experience designing and managing projects. Possessing initiative, entrepreneurial inclination, and ability to think strategically. High energy and passion for the mission and activities of the Alda Center, its empathy-based approach to deep listening, and the issue of chronic pain. Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and advancing diversity in all its forms.
Advanced degree (foreign equivalent or higher degree) in Communications, Journalism, Public Health, Public Policy, or STEM-related field. Familiarity and fluency with molecular biology and neurobiology. Experience in public affairs and strategic communication. Experience working with media relations, digital media, social media content, and/or video production. Depth of knowledge in the science of science communication.
Brief Description of Duties:
The Fellowship will embed emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds in organizations working at the many interfaces of science and society. Fellows will work on a variety of multidisciplinary projects that connect civic science research with evidence-based practice, and scientists with communities.
Chronic pain is a public health crisis that affects more than 100 million people, or 1 in 3 Americans. Between lost productivity and healthcare spending, it costs an estimated $560-635 billion each year. The suicide rate among sufferers is more than double the national average, and stories of personal tragedy abound. And there are significant equity issues in chronic pain treatment; women are treated less aggressively than men, and black patients are half as likely to receive medication as their white counterparts - even if they report the same symptoms. We lack efficient and safe medications to treat chronic pain, and despite the above statistics, NIH research funding is only a fraction of the budgets allocated for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease--though the total healthcare and lost productivity costs of chronic pain in the US are higher than the costs of those three conditions combined.
The selected Fellow will be paid a salary of $80,000 plus benefits for the year of appointment. The Fellow will live on Long Island during the length of the program, beginning no later than January 15, 2020.
This position will work closely with the Alda Center staff and faculty, and will interact with other Civic Science Fellows around the country. Candidates for the Fellowship will be science media producers, journalists, communication specialists, or working scientists with a commitment to advancing science communication and the science of chronic pain. Candidates must be US citizens or green card holders.
We seek candidates who are self-starters and can:
Assess and synthesize the state of science communication, especially as it pertains to the multiple societal and research dimensions surrounding chronic pain.
Research and communicate about their findings.
Apply those findings to create an innovative project, such as a toolkit or a series of strategic communication outputs, aimed at fostering greater connectivity between scientists and science communicators who seek to bridge our current understanding of chronic pain and its societal implications with diverse public audiences who could benefit from and contribute to the knowledge base.
Work as part of the Alda Center's team, which is dedicated to deep listening and collaborative engagement
The successful incumbent will have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, exercising strong organizational and time-management skills with an exceptional attention to detail. Essential for this role is the adeptness to work independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving.
This position will share their findings and experiences with other Fellows, science and science communication communities, and non-scientific audiences.
Project Design and Implementation: Define key audiences for chronic pain communications outreach, and goals in reaching those audiences; hypothesize specific approaches that work for reaching those audiences. Design an innovative project or project(s) that bridge the science of science communication and the science of chronic pain with societal need. The project should advance the goals of the Civic Science Initiative and serve as a bridge between science and society. This position will be responsible for piloting and assessing the impact of the project.
Communications: Develop communications strategies and materials in partnership with the Alda Center and its network and other partners involved in the Fellows program. Communications should be designed to engage diverse audiences.
Network Liaison: Collaborate with faculty and staff at the Alan Alda Center and Stony Brook University and serve as a liaison to the Civic Science Initiative. Collaborate to find synergies across the network and with appropriate organizations to advance the goals of the Fellowship. Participate in Alda Center meetings, task forces, and committees as appropriate to the goals of the program.
Research Review: Connect with advisers to quickly come up to speed on the existing research base on communication around neuroscience and chronic pain, in order to define and conduct concrete communication experiments. Create a written review of findings regarding science communication as it relates to chronic pain and assess the broader societal context and societal effects related to this field of science. Develop a synthesis report of this research that can help inform the design of an innovative science communication and engagement project that will create greater connectivity between science and society.
Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission.
This is a full time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.
Candidates are required to submit the following as part of the application process:
Your resume or other document with specific information that includes employment history, education, production credits, distribution, awards, etc. to include names and contact information for two or three people who know your work as it relates to science communication and are providing letters of recommendation.
A brief essay that describes your goals and objectives in applying to the Alda Civic Science Fellowship, including (1) your experience or interest in the position, (2) your goals for the year, and (3) how serving as a Fellow will help you contribute to civic science. (1,000 words)
A two-page proposal for a project or projects that you may want to explore during the Fellowship. We are particularly interested in practical projects that link research with action; you may change this project or explore other projects during the year, with the agreement of the Fellowship editorial leads, but the proposal should illustrate your creativity, commitment, practical skills, and enterprise.
A sample of your work that pertains to the responsibilities associated with this Fellowship. This can be a research paper, an example of print. For larger digital files, please include a link to video, audio, or multimedia journalism or communication work, or another example that demonstrates the type of project you might create. This work should be work on which you were a primary contributor.
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Official Job Title: Associate Director of Community Relations
Job Field: Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science-Stony Brook University
Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Shift Shift Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Pass Days: Sat, Sun
Posting Start Date: Oct 30, 2019
Posting End Date: Nov 21, 2019, 4:59:00 AM
Salary Grade: SL4
Appointment Type: Term
Internal Number: 1903836
About Stony Brook University
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