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Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.Responsibilities:
- The Solar System Communications Events Specialist will coordinate and implement events for the Solar System team through a wide variety of exhibits using graphics, animation, text, multimedia, dynamic and/or interactive content presentation.
- Implement essential communication plans using innovative ideas for crafting and improving public engagement event products and programs to share NASA science via unique and engaging storytelling.
- Research industry trends and provide ongoing improvements to public engagement events and products, including online and in-person visitor center/conference experiences to effectively communicate a message that aligns with NASA’s communications priorities.
- Working with our Design Services, support end to end creation of exhibits, models and products including concepts, inventory management and storage requirements and represent JPL/NASA communication initiatives at professional conferences.
- Coordinates with various stakeholders at NASA HQ and JPL for approvals and awareness and communicates regularly with all partners providing updates on weekly significant events, monthly reports and annual reviews.
- Propose ideas and plans to the Group Supervisor and team members and occasionally present to senior management both at JPL and NASA Headquarters.
- Work closely with managers to coordinate and review the budget including proposing appropriate budget levels to support communication products and outreach events.
- Capture metrics and report on project achievements program impacts and provide informed suggestions for improvements.
- Attend project meetings regularly and report on program results and/or communications news.
- Bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Administration, Business Administration, Business Development/Management, Science/Technology, Marketing, Economics, or similar degree with a minimum of 6 years of related experience; or Master's degree with at least 4 years of relevant experience.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills including effective presentation skills.
- Knowledge of best practices with public engagement events.
- Consistent track record producing and delivering high impact events, experiences and products.
- Experience working with senior level partners handling a variety of strategic and budgetary issues.
- Ability to establish partnerships with partners and work well in a team environment.
- Experience creating written critical communications plans with success metrics to demonstrate efficacy.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
- Some experience working within the education (formal and/or informal) sector
- Advanced degrees or certificates in Business Administration or Public Policy or similar fields
- Experience with NASA Communications, Public Engagement or Education (formal or informal) including non-profits, academic institutions and research organization
- Knowledge and understanding of Education standards (formal or informal) and/or Citizen Science Programs.
- Experience developing and implementing social media campaigns.
JPL has a catalog of benefits and perks that span from the traditional to the unique. This includes a variety of health, dental, vision, wellbeing, and retirement plans, paid time off, learning, rideshare, childcare, flexible schedule, parental leave and many more. Our focus is on work-life balance, and living healthy, fulfilling lives as we Dare Mighty Things Together. For benefits eligible positions, benefits are effective the first day of the month coincident with or immediately following the employee’s start date.
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The hiring range displayed below is specifically for those who will work in or reside in the location listed. In extending an offer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory considers factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s job related skills, experience, knowledge, and relevant education/training. Hiring range for this job may be adjusted based on primary work location outside of Pasadena, California. This adjusted range will be provided to candidates by the Recruiter when applicable.
The typical full time equivalent annual hiring range for this job in Pasadena, California.
$97,552 - $119,392
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