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| ||Application Review Date |
| ||The First Review Date for this job is: June 19, 2014 |
| ||Departmental Overview |
| ||The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research and education center headquartered at UC Berkeley. Participants come from over 20 universities, government agencies and professional engineering companies. The PEER investigators conduct research in earthquake engineering related fields including structural and geo-technical engineering, geology/seismology, geo-hazard assessment, lifeline networks, transportation systems, risk management, and public policy. PEER's mission is to develop and disseminate technologies to support the wider application of performance-based earthquake engineering. |
The communications program is responsible for effectively engaging and communicating with a diverse range of stakeholders concerned about the seismic performance of engineered facilities and systems, including students, faculty and others at PEER's core and affiliated universities, professionals involved with earthquake engineering and loss mitigation, government agencies, policy makers and regulatory officials, business and property owners, and the public. In support of stakeholder needs, communications efforts span a broad range of activities, including identifying, planning and developing new research, educational and other programs or resources, developing and operating web-based and physical information services, carrying out educational and outreach programs targeted to a full range of educational experiences (e.g., K-12, undergraduate and graduate students and professional development), and disseminating the Center's research findings through a variety of vehicles including publications, workshops/seminars, conferences (U.S. and international), email, visual displays, promotional materials, and a comprehensive website.
The PEER Communications Director is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and managing PEER's comprehensive, multidisciplinary communications program. This includes working with other PEER management and staff to develop, on an annual and longer term basis, strategic goals and deliverables for PEER's communications program. The Communications Director will supervise all communications related staff as well as provide direction and oversight to outreach contracted vendors and affiliates, and engage with students, faculty and others, to ensure efficient operations of PEER's communications program and effective realization of its goals.
| ||Responsibilities |
| ||55% Manage a comprehensive communications program for PEER. The Communications Director is responsible for developing, managing and coordinating staff and other resources necessary for: |
**Encouraging and enabling interaction between PEER administration, faculty, students, and industry/government partners by organizing meetings, conferences and seminars to disseminate research findings.
**Representing PEER at professional meetings and conferences, and in discussions with the media and with various stakeholder organizations.
**Planning, developing, and managing joint venture projects with similar professional and research organizations related to earthquake engineering.
**Informing PEER constituents and funding agencies of timely information through various means including email, press releases, announcements to other organizations, graphic displays showing new PEER research at engineering conferences, personal discussions with constituents, etc.
**Overseeing the development of a web presence for PEER and exercising significant judgment related to the selection and presentation of content on the website. Manage all resources (human, financial, and technological) required to implement and maintain PEER's progressive web presence.
**Overseeing the creation, editing, and publication of video content to disseminate PEER research project results via web-based video mediums. Using judgment to determine which projects and events are best suited for dissemination by video.
**Operating the National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering and other PEER information services to achieve PEER's communications goals in an integrated fashion.
**Ensuring production of new and existing PEER publications.
**Ensuring production of current and timely promotional materials and visual displays. Managing external vendors ensuring that contractual obligations are met.
**Developing, promoting and supervising successful educational programs for students (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate) and professionals in various fields to further their understanding of earthquake engineering research and research findings, while also using these programs to publicize the PEER Center and its laboratory facilities.
25% Manage, train, guide and direct the PEER communications staff and others assigned to support communications efforts. This includes web support staff and students so that they can meet the website design goals and add new features/functionality. Manage, guide and direct the PEER Publications Coordinator to create effective publications and continue the PEER report series. Select, train, manage, guide and direct PEER interns and student volunteers who participate and assist during various educational programs and events. Manage, direct or coordinate activities of various vendors, affiliated organizations, and outreach partners. Take corrective action with any of the staff or student interns, as required.
10% Works with PEER management and administration to create, develop and implement long- and short-term strategic communications plans and related projects. Works with PEER management and other organizations to develop proposals or cooperative agreements to secure fund to realize particular aspects of the communications plan. Co-Chair's PEERs Education, Outreach and Education Committee.
5% Advises and consults with PEER administration, faculty, students, and industry/government partners regarding all aspects of communications but especially targeted around the development and implementation of effective communication and education strategies and related activities to achieve successful technology transfer. Regularly communicates with PEER management, research committees, staff and researchers to identify research projects and findings that are suitable for dissemination.
5% Ensures production of high quality products that effectively deliver the desired message within budget and time constraints.
| ||Required Qualifications |
| || Strong knowledge of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications. |
Broad knowledge and understanding of technical applications (including web publishing tools, image and document publishing software) to effectively manage/supervise professional technical staff, including design concepts, various media and mediums, applications, etc...
Strong knowledge of PEER, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, policies, practices, affiliated universities/institutions and funding agencies, and a strong knowledge of issues in earthquake engineering, earthquake science and funded scientific research.
Strong knowledge of financial and personnel management, including understanding of management techniques, guiding principles, relevant laws, policies and best practices.
Solid management skills to select, train, evaluate, lead, direct, guide and motivate subordinate staff to produce high quality work; skill to take corrective action as required.
Demonstrated ability to identify communication needs, strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.
Solid skills to create, develop and implement comprehensive long and short term strategic communications plans.
Solid knowledge and skills to advise and consult with management to ensure delivery of the desired message to targeted audiences including engineering professionals, researchers, faculty, students and the general public.
Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.
Strong ability to prepare grant requests and proposals for programmatic enhancement.
Strong analytical, critical thinking, project management and problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills.
Strong skills to ensure production of high quality work within budget and time constraints.
Excellent ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, and effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously without loss of productivity, quality or accuracy.
Ability to travel, sometimes with overnight stays required.
Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
| ||Preferred Qualifications |
| ||**Masters degree related to earthquake engineering preferred. |
**Substantial work experience in communications, technology transfer, project management or education in relation to a technologically oriented program.
| ||Salary & Benefits |
| ||For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: |
******The salary range designated for this position: $65,800-100,600; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience******
| ||Criminal Background Check |
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