Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Grand Forks, North Dakota (US)
$45,000 plus/year
Jul 09, 2019
Job Type
Full Time

Hiring Department: Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)
Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification$45,000+, Full-Time, Benefited, Exempt
Benefits: Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave.  Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans. 
Work ScheduleMonday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., some travel required.

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 5PM (Central) on the closing date.


Position Details:   A Complete Position Description is available as an attachment in the bottom right corner of this position announcement.

At the EERC, we know our people are our greatest asset. Our team of over 200 is sought after worldwide to solve energy and environmental challenges in innovative ways. Since 1951, we’ve worked with over 1,300 clients in 53 countries. We recognize that quality, market-driven science and engineering technologies come from engaged, motivated employees. We encourage lifelong learning through our Employee Development Program and offer many opportunities for both professional and personal growth. In addition to competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package, the EERC provides opportunities for inventors of commercialized technologies to share in the profits. As part of the University of North Dakota, employees are eligible for tuition waivers and reduced tuition for family members. Apply with us for a position that can turn into a lifelong passion and a work environment that’s more like a family.

The successful applicant will work with contract and proposal-funded technical projects at the Energy & Environmental Research Center. The position will provide coordination and assistance in the areas of public outreach and communication for EERC and its projects through developing content in a variety of formats for EERC and project-specific needs, promoting the EERC and its projects to external audiences, and working closely with communications, program, and outreach leadership to plan, facilitate, and evaluate outreach activities.

The EERC is looking for experienced, motivated, and market-oriented individuals to contribute to the success of the organization by performing one or more of the following functions:

  • Assist outreach task lead and communication director in coordinating outreach activities including public information sessions, advisory board meetings, exhibit booths, and project-specific media relations.
  • Track and report on outreach activities and information dissemination efforts.
  • Assist in efforts to develop, maintain, and implement outreach plans for EERC projects.
  • Assist in the planning of project outreach activities.
  • Assist in reporting to outreach task lead, communications director, project PIs, and clients/stakeholders.
  • Develop products to promote and inform about EERC projects.
  • Work with project staff, web staff, and outreach and communications staff in the creation and maintenance of web content, print materials, reports, presentations, and social media campaigns
  • Travel is required.

Required Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal/oral/written communication skills.
  • Organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Excel at working both individually and as part of a diverse team.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Computer software packages such as Microsoft Office.

For more information regarding the EERC, visit


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or related field.
  • Two years of work experience in outreach and marketing.
  • Experience writing communications materials for various audiences.
  • Familiarity with web content management systems and website information architecture.
  • Applicants may be required to present to the interviewers during the interview process.
  • Cover letter, resume, or curriculum vitae.
  • Successful completion of criminal history background check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and within a team setting.
  • Knowledge of energy and environmental topics.
  • Experience working with federal and contract-funded projects.
  • Knowledge of the Energy & Environmental Research Center’s work.
  • Experience designing websites.


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North Dakota Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.
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