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The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) is seeking a self-motivated, skilled, and goal-oriented Communications Assistant interested in local food and farming. This position will provide an opportunity to gain real experience as part of a communications team tasked with supporting CEFS many local food system and field research initiatives. The Communications Assistant will support CEFS day-to-day communications work, including supporting the management of the CEFS website, social-media accounts, and contributing to our newsletters.
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems is a partnership of North Carolina State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. CEFS develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.
Position Description: The Communications Assistant will support CEFS’ day-to-day communications work. Roles and responsibilities include:
Draft posts for CEFS accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn
Work with CEFS Communications Team to strategize new ways to share CEFS’ mission with a broader audience and grow our social media following
Update website content using WordPress, including the events calendar, publications, blog, and other resources
Develop social media graphics and promotional materials using CEFS Communications templates to communicate information about CEFS field research, food systems, and other initiatives
Help to track communications data, including website usage and social media engagement Support event promotion, development of monthly internal and external e-newsletters, and sharing job postings. Provide administrative support to CEFS Communications as needed.
This is a part-time 20 hours/week position. This position will be an exclusively remote position until further notice due to COVID-19, but may become an in-person position once CEFS staff return to the office on the NC State University campus.
The successful candidate will be expected to provide their own computer with Internet, mobile telephone for communication, and transportation. Frequent travel is not expected for this position, however, mileage and/or transportation costs for meetings and events incurred are eligible for reimbursement. Access to an automobile is recommended but not required.
Minimum Experience/Education – Undergraduate student with coursework in Communications, Marketing, Sustainability, Environmental Science, Agroecology, Agriculture or related field preferred.
Departmental Required Skills – The position requires excellent communication, writing, follow-up skills, time management and computer skills. An excellent work ethic and genuine interest in the work of CEFS is required.
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education – This position requires a well rounded individual with excellent communication and writing skills. Candidate must be extremely reliable, able to work independently, organized, and an excellent team player in this fast paced environment. An excellent work ethic and genuine interest in the work of CEFS is required.
The ideal candidate will have the following skills/attributes:
- Strong understanding of Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive
- Experience managing social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and/or LinkedIn
- Self-motivated, able to work independently, and organized
- High level of accuracy and an attention to detail
- Strong professional communication and writing skills
- Website content management systems, particularly WordPress
- Creating e-newsletters, particularly Constant Contact
- Graphic design and photo editing skills
- Familiarity in videography and video editing, or interest in learning
- Experience or interest in sustainable food and farming systems