Science News seeks a Digital Engagement Producer to grow our online audience. The Digital Engagement Producer will work closely with the digital media team and other members of the editorial staff to ensure that each of our stories is relevant and reaches the broadest possible audience. We’re looking for someone who is science-curious and willing to learn. The Digital Engagement Producer will need to jump in and respond to technical questions from our writers or work with our developers to streamline our publishing workflow. The Digital Engagement Producer will also engage directly with our followers on social platforms and must be willing and able to experiment with new approaches to promoting our content. At the same time, this person must remain vigilant about our high standards of credibility and excellence in journalism. A typical day on our team might involve reading one of our upcoming stories about black holes, strange animal behavior or ancient Egyptians. You’ll post the story to the web — pulling together the images, graphs and metadata to make that story come alive — and tell our social media audience why this story is important.
Whatever the challenge — and each day will bring a new one — the Digital Engagement Producer will collaborate with other science nerds to bring the latest discoveries of the scientific community into the public square.
This is a new position, and we are looking for a creative, hardworking individual with a unique perspective. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive, equitable environment for all employees. We especially encourage applicants from traditionally underrepresented communities, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities to join our team.
You’ll be joining a group of creative, inquisitive people who come to science journalism from a diversity of backgrounds, education and experiences, and who are passionate about our work as independent nonprofit journalists.
Post articles via our CMS (WordPress)
Promote stories using various social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, TikTok, any others that may arise)
Serve as a technical expert on our various publishing tools
Use data to help editors understand which stories were shared widely, and why
Advise editorial team on how to better present stories over search and social
Edit and remix images and graphics for social media, particularly Instagram
Edit video and remix it for social media, including YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok
Collaborate on experiments to grow our audience on various platforms
Produce and edit newsletters highlighting our content
Organized and knows how to prioritize tasks
Experience and expertise in using social media professionally
Strong work ethic and time management skills
Fluent in SERP optimization and industry best practices for SEO
Familiarity with Google Analytics and/or similar web analytics software
Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro or similar visual editing programs
This is a full-time benefits-eligible position.
This position is in Washington, D.C. and eligible for remote work.
This is a full-time, non-exempt position based in Washington, D.C. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
Society staff are currently operating under a pilot program working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until Labor Day 2022 with in-person work in the offices required as directed.
Society for Science has mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for employees. Exceptions to the vaccine requirement may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons.
In the cover letter, tell us about a story, project, or engagement effort you produced and/or had other roles in. What role did you play? What are you most proud of? What obstacles arose in producing it and how did you overcome those?
Please include the name of the position in the subject line. We are accepting applications through June 10, 2022.
For almost a century, Science News journalists have covered advances in science, medicine and technology for the general public, including the 1925 Scopes “monkey” trial, the advent of the atomic age in 1945, the space race, and the revolution of genetic engineering from the discovery of DNA to today’s gene-editing technology.
We were founded as an independent nonprofit in 1921 by newspaper magnate E.W. Scripps and zoologist W.E. Ritter, who wanted to improve the quality and accuracy of science journalism. We remain true to that mission today.
We believe in the power of knowledge and the free flow of information to build informed, enlightened and engaged communities. Our mission is to provide independent, unbiased coverage of science and give people the tools to evaluate the news and the world around them.
We connect with audiences through a number of publications. The daily website at www.sciencenews.org drew more than 23 million unique visitors in 2021, and we have a strong following on social media. Our biweekly print magazine publishes concise, fiercely accurate, timely articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists, with a circulation of 120,000. The magazine and website also reach students and teachers at almost 5,000 high schools through the Science News in High Schools program. Our sister site, Science News for Students, explains the latest science and its impact for ages 10 and up, with more than 11 million unique visitors in 2021. We are an independent nonprofit news organization.
About Society for Science
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Required Education and Experience
BA degree or equivalent experience
2-4 years in digital news production
Knowledge of WordPress
Experience managing social feeds (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn)
Excellent copy writing/editing skills, with an emphasis on social media writing
Nice to have
Experience working with an editorial team that covers science
Innovative ideas for streamlining editorial workflow
Familiarity with social publishing software (e.g. Social News Desk, Echobox or SocialFlow)
Experience writing editorial newsletters (bonus points for experience with Marketing Cloud)
Insight into improving response to CTAs (such as newsletter subscriptions)
Society for Science is a champion for science, dedicated to expanding scientific literacy, effective STEM education and scientific research. We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization focused on promoting the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire.
Since 1921, the Society (originally known as Science Service) has conveyed the excitement of science and research directly to the public through our award-winning publications and since 1942, through our world-class science education competitions.
Today, the Society provides concise, accurate, and inspirational science news and opportunities to our nearly 100,000 subscribing members, the 70,000 alumni of our competitions worldwide, and millions of unique online visitors and social media followers.