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Communications Specialist

Stockholm Environment Institute at York
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,817 - 40,322 a year
Interview Date
12 March 2020
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Role Description


The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an international, non-profit, research and policy organization that tackles environment and development challenges. We carry out world leading research to inform sustainable development policy and practice at local, national, regional and international levels. Building on a reputation for excellence established over its 30 year history, SEI remains at the forefront of international sustainable development research.

SEI York is one of eight centres of SEI nested within the dynamic and highly regarded Department of Environment and Geography at the world-leading University of York. SEI York has significant expertise in research areas such as air pollution and climate change, sustainable consumption and production, nature-society relations and human health and well-being.


Joining a highly-motivated team, you will promote and develop the impact of SEI York’s research to a broad range of stakeholders (academia, policy makers, the public and the media), across different platforms and output types (social media, website, reports, infographics and other digital media) and using a range of approaches (events, webinars, and marketing resources). You will also contribute to the implementation of the wider SEI communications strategy, working with colleagues across the world, and with communications teams within the University of York. You will also provide support to our research staff, from communications strategy planning at the research project proposal development stage through to implementation.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • You are expected to have a degree or equivalent professional qualification and experience - ideally in journalism and/or communications - and have experience working with scientists or writing scientific news content, particularly in the field of sustainability and the environment.
  • You will need to demonstrate excellent written and verbal communications skills, and have an aptitude for communicating complex scientific concepts to a range of target audiences.
  • You will have experience writing copy in various formats, including website content, blog posts, press releases, policy and discussion briefs, and marketing materials. Experience with creative and non-written media would also be an advantage, as would the ability to provide editorial advice for specialised content such as academic articles or reports for decision makers.
  • You will need extensive knowledge of digital communications tools and practices, a solid understanding and experience of creating content in innovative ways for digital communications channels, and experience of supporting events organisation and delivery.
  • You will ideally have an established reputation within the media and a desire to enhance your networks to cover new areas of research.

This role is available on a fixed term basis for 12 months.

Interview date:  12 March 2020

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