Strategic Content Specialist

Public Affairs and Marketing

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation's science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50 for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

NCSA is currently seeking a Strategic Content Specialist to develop and distribute strategic communications content that advances NCSA marketing and communications objectives to targeted audiences for the purpose of raising awareness for NCSA's services, capabilities, and impact. This includes all aspects of internal and external communications transmitted via print, web, video, social, and other forms of media.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop content communications plans for NCSA and NCSA-supported projects by conducting market research about key audiences and trends in information consumption.
  • Produce strategic multimedia content (text stories, videos, infographics, social media graphics, etc.) in order to deliver targeted messages to key audiences in order to raise awareness for NCSA's projects, services and impact on science, innovation, and education.
  • Copywrite content for websites, social media, video storyboards and other collateral for the purpose of marketing NCSA.
  • Collaborate with designers and videographers to develop visual communications content.
  • Conduct interviews with story sources including researchers, partners, and the general public.
  • Position stories for targeted media outlets, geographical areas, and topics of interest.
  • Engage audiences with content and conversation across NCSA's social media platform.
  • Track and report key digital media metrics to track and guide strategic communications decisions.
  • Maintain NCSA Public Affairs and Marketing's communications calendar and related project to ensure collaboration and timely delivery of high-quality content.

Required education and experience

  • M.A./M.S. in journalism, marketing or other communications field. Related fields are accepted depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA technologies.
  • At least 1 year of experience in marketing or communications.
  • Experience in strategic communication planning.
  • Ability to craft effective means of communicating to diverse stakeholders, including the national research community, federal funding agencies and policymakers, campus community, etc.
  • Ability to analyze competing organizations, stakeholder needs, and environmental factors that impact strategic communication needs.
  • Thorough knowledge of communications platforms and distribution methods including but not limited to; podcasting, video productions, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Instagram and others as key audiences’ social media usage evolves.
  • Portfolio of prior creative content and storytelling.
  • Experience working in an advanced scientific computing environment, working closely with its leadership, and successfully and compellingly communicating complex scientific concepts.
  • Excellent interpersonal and human relations skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Excellent project management skills and collaboration skills.
  • Knowledge of current media communication technologies and how they apply to information distribution.
  • Ability to deal with a diverse population including University faculty, administrators, and representatives of industrial partners and external agencies.
  • Ability to execute high-quality work, often on tight deadlines.

Preferred experience

  • Experience working in a science- and/or technology-driven organization.
  • Experience working with researchers to communicate science impact.

This is a regular academic professional position at NCSA and is an annually renewable, 12/12, 100%-time appointment with regular University benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and start date will be as soon as possible after the close date of the search. Applicants must possess required education and experience by start date of position. All applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration.

To apply, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter and CV/resume by the close date, June 27, 2017. Contact information for three references must be included on the application (letters may also be uploaded or sent to the contact below). For full consideration, candidates must complete the application process by the above date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. Visit

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