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Communications Officer, Global Plant Council (GPC)

The Communications Officer is responsible for managing the GPC’s online presence, relationships with Member Organizations, Affiliates and sponsors, and for performing administrative tasks. The Communications Officer enables the GPC to accomplish its mission to promote collaboration between plant and crop scientists from around the world.

Description
This full-time home-based position will involve the following responsibilities:
• Collate plant science news and events on the GPC’s website, social media, and newsletters
• Liaise with Member Organizations, Affiliates, and journal sponsors to provide them with more value
• Perform administrative tasks for the GPC’s Executive Board
• Develop the GPC’s website to better demonstrate the Council’s initiatives and achievements
• Help with the organization of the GPC’s Annual General Meeting of members and other plant science workshops
• Occasional international travel to help run GPC workshops and the Annual General Meeting
• Implement new approaches to attract funding to support more GPC activities
• Promote the GPC’s activities
• Support the GPC’s Working Groups in their activities

Person specification
• Time management and self motivation
• Degree in plant science or a related field
• Experience in science communication
• Administrative experience
• Knowledge of various social media platforms
• Excellent English language skills
• Enthusiasm for plants
• Access to computer, the internet, and video-conferencing facilities
• Ability to travel internationally if required

Salary
The successful candidate will be paid US$30,000 (approximately £22,000) for this full-time (40 hours/week) position.

Location
This is a home-based position, although the candidate may have the opportunity to attend international events such as the Annual General Meeting and GPC-organized plant science workshops, as well as other relevant conferences.

About the Global Plant Council
The Global Plant Council (GPC) is a coalition of national, regional and international societies and affiliates representing plant, crop and agricultural and environmental sciences across the globe.

The GPC seeks to bring together all those involved in plant and crop research, education and training, to facilitate the development of plant science for global challenges such as world hunger, energy, climate change, health and well-being, sustainability and environmental protection.

The GPC supports the principles of open science and the free dissemination of information around the world, particularly to those in countries without access to research media.

Next steps
For more information about this position, please email Sarah Jose ([email protected]). To apply for this position, please send you CV and a covering letter outlining your experience and suitability for the job to [email protected]

Deadline for applications
The deadline for applications is 29th June 2018 at 17:00 BST

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