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Science Communications Specialist

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Posted on December 3, 2019

3 - 4 years Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia

Bachelor of Arts(Communication). Any Nationality

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Position Summary:
The Science Communications Specialist is responsible for devising and delivering communications plans to support KAUST s mission, strategic goals and to grow KAUST s global reputation. This includes development of both copy and multimedia assets for use on multiple platforms with a focus on digital channels. Writing and pitching news items, press releases and features to the media. Coordinating communications activity and campaigns with internal and external partners including agencies. Supporting KAUST presence at international and in-kingdom events and exhibitions.
Major Responsibilities:
• Develop and create written and multimedia content for press releases, op-eds, features, interviews, websites, social media and other marketing materials
• Coordinate media interviews
• Develop, maintain and grow a network of media contacts
• Maintain relationships and coordinate with communications leads from other university departments to identify stories and to lead related media plans
• Work with the design and video teams on multimedia material such as concepts, storyboards and scripts for videos, animations, exhibits, and displays
• Write, review and proofread content to ensure accuracy in digital and media materials
• Devise and deliver communication plans, assisting as needed in coordinating media attendance at events and contributing to KAUST social media channels
• Support the team with a range of responsibilities as required
• Ability to write press releases, developing targeted media lists and pitch stories to journalists
• Excellent written English ideally in a scientific or technology media context
• Ability to network and build relationships with stakeholders
• Creative sense of graphic design and multimedia with experience briefing and working with designers and video editors to create multi-media content
• Thorough working knowledge of major digital platforms and best practice
• Ability to developing marketing collateral to support events such as content for booth displays, interactive exhibits, digital assets and video content
• Excellent editing of written content for grammar, spelling and syntax
• High degree of written and oral communication skills and excellent knowledge of plain language principles
Desired Experience:
• Experience working in a fast paced environment while maintaining accuracy & meeting deadlines
• Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary marketing communications department
• Experience identifying and developing news stories relating to technical or scientific activity
• Experience developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships internally and externally
• Experience writing press releases, media reports and developing relationships with the media
• Experience evaluating the success of media activity and using media monitoring platforms
• Experience managing media attendance at exhibitions and events
• Experience developing written copy and multimedia content for a range of platforms & audiences
• Minimum requirement of a Bachelor s degree in Journalism, Communications, English Language or a related discipline
• Minimum 3 years of directly related experience, preferred more than 5 years of directly related experience
• Experience working in higher education or scientific communications

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Telecom Engineering / Communications Engineering


Science Communications Specialist


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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Founded in 2014, American Academy is one of the leading educational support service providers in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The institute has certified native English teachers, and specialized ESL courses, and specializes in –

• Corporate English training

• Curriculum devel opment

• Exam preparation

• Military DLI English

• Technical vocational training

American Academy strives to offer quality education to the students in the most professional manner, while nurturing their potential. It is committed to supporting Kingdom's Saudi 2030 Vision program with its cutting-edge techniques and technologically-driven curricula. The institute invites applications from dedicated teaching professionals who can impart quality education and contribute to shaping up the future of the students.

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