Web Communications Specialist Position Available

The American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) and Cooper Ornithological Society (COS) seek to hire a Web Communication Specialist who excels at strategic communications to deliver high quality public communications for a new joint website, American Ornithology (americanornithology.org), whose mission is to grow the ornithological community by showcasing exciting new research and opportunities and promoting society activities and outreach.

The Web Communications Specialist will:

  • Report to the AOU-COS Joint Communications Committee.
  • Review and update website home page and content on a regular and timely basis. This includes a combination of quick updates and more in-depth content production that involves collecting information, writing, and editing content, and posting new content. This aspect of the job requires proactive solicitation of content and a close working partnership with the leadership and committees of each society.
  • Work with the web designer to evaluate website features and user feedback. Design and implement new features based on society needs and feedback.
  • Work with the web designer to enhance the website through use of photographs and other types of media (e.g., videos through YouTube), with proper attributions and copyrights. Establish and maintain a YouTube channel for the website.
  • Effectively use social media for communications and outreach, including through Twitter and Facebook. Work with the Joint Communications Advisory Committee to evaluate and expand the use of social media for communications.
  • Work with other affiliated sites (e.g., Ornithology Exchange and Ornithological Societies of North America) to promote publications, meetings, membership, events, awards, and student or young professional opportunities.
  • Respond in a timely manner to emails from info@americanornithology.org.
  • Coordinate with the two societies to ensure that critical website infrastructure (e.g., domain name registration, hosting, etc.) is maintained on an annual basis.
  • Upgrade/update the Drupal software and modules used by the site as needed (ca. 6-8 times per year).
  • Potentially  work with other ornithological societies interested in joining the website. Work with the web designer and societies to discuss needs, prepare proposals and budgets, create site maps, and migrate and integrate content as needed.
  • Track website statistics and user trends (Google Analytics) and recommend corresponding changes in collaboration with web designer.
  • Provide semi-annual reports on website usage and developments (or more frequently upon request by leadership of the societies).
  • Facilitate periodic usability tests by target audiences; test audiences to be recruited by Joint Communications Advisory Committee, e.g. student member awardees, student affairs committees, Central Ornithology Publications Office staff, webmasters of affiliated sites such as Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and Ornithology Exchange, etc.
  • Participate in the meetings and activities of the Joint Communications Committee, including providing reports, analyses, benchmarking, and other required tasks to inform strategic and operational decisions.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience with social media, HTML, and Photoshop are essential.
  • Experience with a content management system (e.g., WordPress or Drupal) and ability to learn Drupal.
  • Proactive, organized, and efficient, with highest standards for grammatical and visual consistency, function, and accuracy.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication.
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively and flexibly with colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Other programming skills (e.g., PHP).
  • Experience with Drupal.
  • Knowledge of birds and the professional ornithological societies.

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Payment: $25 per hour. Required hours will vary weekly, but will average 8 hours per week.

To apply: Please submit a CV (two pages) and cover letter (no more than two pages) in electronic format and send to John McCormack <mccormack@oxy.edu>. The cover letter should provide detail of your qualifications. Please also describe how you would accommodate the need for consistent, sometimes daily, availability to address the parts of the job outlined above and sometimes unforeseen, urgent communications matters.

Due Date for applications: July 31, 2015

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