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The Department of Epidemiology has an outstanding opportunity for Public Information Specialist. This position will work within the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC) and will hold primary responsibility for the development, implementation and evaluation of the marketing and communications plan for NACC. In addition, the position will be responsible for the creation and management of promotional materials and event collateral, as well as clinical forms used in the gathering of study data. The position will also assist the Administrator with grant management duties. This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic individual who would like the opportunity to travel several times a year, and be involved with a research community that is seeking a cure for AD.
This position will work under limited supervision, and must demonstrate the ability to work independently, but must also be able to interact and work closely with all internal groups within NACC including the Data Group and Methods Group. This involves working with various personnel including faculty, research scientists, and computer professionals. Good communication skills are essential for interaction among these groups. This position must also understand research and database complexities that will come into play when editing NACC publications. In addition, the individual must have the capacity to work professionally and diplomatically interface with a variety of external constituencies involved in AD research.
Marketing and Communications Strategies) Lead development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive marketing and communications plan for NACC with the goal of increasing the research based on the data housed there. Strategies must result in an increase of data requests from both ADC AND non-ADC investigators.
Lead the development of key messaging and communication strategies.
Serve as the lead designer, writer and editor of NACC promotional material including but not limited to conference material, newsletters, exhibiting collateral, and sponsor reports.
Initiate collaborations with the Alzheimer's Association, Alz Forum, and other related organizations to enhance the visibility of NACC's data.
Investigate and implement promotional and communication strategies utilizing new social media tools (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, RSS, etc.)
Lead the redesign of the NACC web site to increase ease of access to NACC data. Evaluate content and layout for intuitiveness and present findings/redesign proposal to Center and Computing Systems Directors, and Administrator. Create web pages using DreamWeaver and hand coding of XHTML. Continual review of the web site will also be necessary as it evolves.
Develop and document guidelines and templates to promote consistency, quality and efficiency in marketing and communications with investigators, the ADCs, and funding sponsors.
Serve as NACC exhibitor staff, interact with clinicians and scientists, using independent judgment & discretion, to field inquires about NACC and promote use of the data. (Travel is required once or twice a year.)
Assist the Administrator in preparing for national meetings of ADCs, including the production of conference materials. (Travel is required twice a year.)
Forms management including both multiple paper form versions and e-forms used by the ADCs and other interested non-ADC investigators. Currently there are several versions of the forms available, which include a Spanish version, ADC researcher version and non-ADC researcher version. To keep forms consistent, care is necessary to incorporate any changes into all sets of the forms. The Public Information Specialist will also need an understanding of how form wording and layout changes will affect the structure of the NACC and ADC databases.
Assist with researching, writing, and management of grant proposals, specifically performing the duties below:
Collaborate with the Administrator, investigators, and research staff in the preliminary planning stage to determine the proposal's research and writing needs. Collect data and information as necessary from the ADCs and NACC funded projects, and synthesize into summaries.
Edit grant proposals. From the planning stage onward, work with grant proposal team to develop a cohesive and coherent narrative. Develop an editing schedule that allows for review of draft versions of individual sections and of the full proposal. Coordinate and manage peer review of sections, as appropriate.
As a small office there will be some shared administrative responsibilities such as processing of purchase orders and travel expense requisitions, and triaging of emails and calls.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Bachelor’s degree, in English, journalism, marketing, communications or a related field.
Three to four years experience marketing or writing in a research science or higher education setting.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work under deadline pressure and ability to work both independently and as a member of team.
Strong project management skills and ability to prioritize work to meet internally and externally imposed deadlines.
Excellent computer skills and proficiency using Adobe InDesign, Acrobat, and Dreamweaver; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); familiarity with HTML coding.
Capacity to work professionally and diplomatically interface with a variety of constituencies involved in AD research.
Must be willing to pitch in as needed to support department initiatives and activities as a member of a small administrative team.
Highly organized and attentive to detail.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Master’s degree, in English, journalism, marketing, communications or a related field.
1-2 years of forms management experience.
Experience assembling and editing sections of federal agency grant applications.
Familiarity with educational institution cost principles described in OMB circular A-21
Experience with Adobe Photoshop and Endnote; familiarity with SAS and relational database systems.
Experience with UW administrative systems; PAS and eProcurement.
Project or grant deadlines will require flexibility in the work schedule. Out-of-state travel is required to attend semiannual meetings of the ADC, and while serving as NACC representative as conference exhibitor. Attendance at various other scientific and task force meetings may be necessary.
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