COMPASS Science Communication Associate

COMPASS seeks motivated candidates for the full-time position of Science Communication Associate.


Date posted

June 4, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

July 4, 2021 12:00 am




  • United States

Job description

COMPASS seeks motivated candidates for the full-time position of Science Communication Associate to play an integral role in our Trainings Program. COMPASS champions, connects, and supports diverse science leaders to improve the well-being of people and nature. For more than 20 years, COMPASS has been an innovator in the effort to bring science into public conversation.

COMPASS Trainings combine skill building with strategies and connections to drive impact. Our materials are grounded in the latest research on communication and engagement, and focus on a range of topics including: the science of science communication and risk communication, crafting messages, storytelling, and leadership. COMPASS supports scientists to engage with diverse audiences, including policymakers, academics, journalists, funders, technical experts, community groups, and more. COMPASS creates inclusive spaces that are both safe and empowering, modeling a culture of science that values diversity and equity.

COMPASS is deeply committed to workplace policies and practices that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a workplace culture that upholds our core values. Learn more about us on our website: Position Summary You are a collaborative person who values personal relationships and building bridges between communities. A patient problem-solver, you believe that everyone can learn and improve their strategic communication skills and make progress toward their goals. You enjoy and have experience presenting to and facilitating groups. You give and receive constructive feedback, prioritizing “getting it right” over being right. At ease with people from diverse backgrounds, institutions, and fields, you are curious about new ideas, techniques, perspectives, and experiences. You are committed to creating inclusive learning spaces and modeling a culture of science that values diversity and equity.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities, and Skills
The Science Communication Associate will:

  • Organize and deliver customized workshops and trainings within the Trainings Program, building supportive learning environments and creating meaningful experiences for all participants
  • Partner effectively and ethically with external experts and contractors, including cultivating relationships to expand COMPASS’ network of experts to include greater diversity in topical focus, background, expertise, experience, and more
  • Collaborate with other team members to update and create new content, modules, and examples
  • Learn from and adapt based on feedback, experience, and past delivery
  • Provide technical and administrative support for training events
  • Provide tailored support to individuals and/or groups of scientists as timely opportunities to engage with journalists and/or policy audiences arise 
  • Keep up to date on the latest science of science communication research with respect to COMPASS’ core materials and areas of potential new innovation

Education and/or Experience

A minimum of two years of relevant work experience OR a graduate degree and at least 1 year of relevant work experience. Ability to develop and deliver material in Spanish is encouraged. Relevant experience includes any of the following:

  • Experience in the research and/or practice of science communication, ecology, economics, environmental science, sustainability science, or natural resource management
  • Experience in journalism, media, or science writing
  • Experience with risk communication
  • Experience in local, state, federal, or international policy making
  • Experience partnering with under-resourced communities
  • Experience working with social scientists or conducting social science
  • Experience with non-profit or academic organizational leadership development, strategic thinking, business development, or networking

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