BMB (70%) and PLB (30%) are seeking a Communications Manager II to oversee all aspects of public relations and outreach (web, print and social media) to develop more internal and external visibility. One major goal is to place both departments in the forefront when they are evaluated relative to their cohort departments on campus and nationwide.
This position will increase internal and external outreach efforts by working with faculty and staff to coordinate outreach events. Examples include coordination of the PLB in Fascination with Plants Day and Darwin Day each year.
This position will positively impact research productivity by enhancing our ability to recruit top students and postdocs to our programs. For example, we anticipate an immediate impact on the continuation and expansion of BMB’s TEAM-UP, which awards two years of funds to recruit post-docs for collaborative projects. The first cohort of two were hired this year, the RFA for two additional slots has been released. The goal is to expand the program such that four candidates can be brought in every year. PLB has established a fund for a comparable postdoc fellowship, and a similar program is proposed at the college level. Increased visibility and outreach by both departments will enhance their abilities to successfully develop their internal programs and to compete for fellowships at the college level.
We also see this position as playing a key role in our development efforts. BMB seeks to establish two endowed faculty positions, one in the area of gene expression and one in the area of structural/computational biochemistry to bolster recognition of these two core areas. Endowed positions were a focus of the recently completed Empower Extraordinary MSU campaign. PLB is pursuing new opportunities to establish endowments to sustain and enhance the MSU Herbarium and graduate fellowships. We envision that this position will work closely with the College of Natural Science Advancement office to develop relationships with corporate and individual donors and foster interactions through breakfasts, faculty meet and greets, and other opportunities.
This position also will spearhead centralization of efforts for awards and recognition of faculty and students. Currently, faculty committees in BMB and PLB are responsible for nominations and submissions. We hope that a more proactive approach and coordinated oversight of these efforts will result in greater national recognition of both our senior and junior faculty, and distinguished alumni.
In addition, the position will coordinate and oversee tracking databases for undergraduate and graduate trainees, including participants in various Training Grants, housed in both BMB and Plant Biology. These databases provide essential information for the assessment of program outcomes, including curriculum reform efforts and training grant renewals/proposals.
These efforts will result in measurable increases in department metrics for funding, publications, and national rankings.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Journalism, Telecommunications, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, or related field; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in public and media relations; composing, editing and publication production; news, broadcasting, and print media; and/or marketing, advertising, and creative services; graphic design; word processing; desktop publishing; web design; presentation; spreadsheet and/or database software; public presentation or radio production; or computer programming/technology; and/or experience in a field related to are of employment; may require management and supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Application Materials
Cover letter, resume, names and contact information for three references.
Bidding eligibility ends on 10/15/2019 at 11:55 PM
Internal Number: 614395
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