Digital Storyteller

Position Information

Position Information

Present Position Number 00357V
Role Code Title PR & Marketing Specialist II
Position Title Digital Storyteller
Position Summary

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) utilizes a variety of storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio/podcasts, public speaking, story maps, graphic illustrations, art and/or social media—storytellers are able to share their narratives through the VASG website and related project partner websites, social media, and local or even national media outlets. Stories deemed by VASG to be of interest or merit may also be promoted through national partner universities, Sea Grant National and NOAA outlets. Audience responses to the stories are also periodically researched.

This Virginia Sea Grant Digital Storytelling position, modeled after other highly successful VASG fellowships, provides opportunities for recently graduated Virginia students to participate in a two-year long-form multimedia storytelling experience.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) are seeking qualified, talented applicants to join their team as a Digital Storyteller. This is an entry-level or junior-professional opportunity, but in addition to having the necessary level of skills, the successful applicant will have initiative, innovation and ingenuity. He or she would have a blend and passion for a few of the following skills: science writing, environmental communications, visual journalism, photography, art, video production, communications, journalism, environmental science, and research, reporting, and digital publishing. Through this, the incumbent would support VASG’s brand journalism communications strategy. This position coordinates and collaborates with other VASG staff, interns, student hourly positions, and VASG sub-awardees, fellows and extension partners, and by virtue of this position, will be a representative of VASG at multiple academic institutions.

The successful incumbent will produce nine stories per year (18 in total), and have the opportunity to participate in the full range of VASG professional development and mentoring opportunities. Among others these include a semester-long Advanced Science Communications Seminar (the successful applicant could attend the first, and serve as faculty for the second), the VASG Graduate Symposium which attracts academic institutions, government agencies, NGOs, and the private sector, and hosts panel speakers in the fields of science communications and environmental policy.

The Digital Storyteller will have access to state-of-the-art multimedia technologies and cutting-edge communications programming (e.g., VASG is working with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, NPR, and PBS). VASG’s Communication Center aims to be an intellectual leader in the practice of communicating science and technical information, and making a difference in policy, management and with other decision makers. It engages local, state, national and international coastal, marine and environmental agencies and the world, and is building expertise in cross-disciplinary communication to promote team science among multiple disciplines. Further, VASG regularly works with communication researchers to conduct comprehensive assessments of our audience’s needs and interests, effectiveness of our communication products and services, and our other communication practices.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelors degree in related field such as journalism, science communication, English, public relations, visual journalism, marketing, photography, environmental communications, environmental science or comparable filed or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in writing, reporting, environmental art, multimedia production, photography or videography.
  • Experience/knowledge of AP style.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet reporting deadlines and balance multiple projects.
  • Excellent software skills to include word processing, spreadsheet, database, and Adobe CS.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn software and technology on Mac platforms.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in a related field such as journalism, science communication, English, public relations, visual journalism, marketing, photography, environmental communications, environmental science
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in marine/coastal sciences and policy
  • Experience with popular online publishing platforms, including WordPress, Flickr, and all social media platforms.
Advertised Pay Range $30,000 to $35,000, commensurate with experience
Department VA Sea Grant Office - 112100
Location VIMS - Gloucester
University Salary Range

Job Open Date 11/30/2017
Review Begin Date 01/03/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Employment Category Operational FT
Position Term Other (Specify Below)
Special Application Instructions

Please submit (upload) under additional documents the following 2 requests:

I. Submit a proposed multi-media story as part of your application.

  • Please prepare (no more than 2 pages) a proposal to undertake a single in-depth examination of a locally relevant coastal and marine issue that would be published in a multimedia format. Propose a single long-form multimedia story that you would envisage reporting on, and include which elements of it might be text, video, photography, animation, and art etc. Use the Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) website, and other sources as a reference.
  • We are interested in assessing your approach and the emphasis of the story, rather than the particular topic. For that reason, you can also propose a new idea related to, or an iteration of a published story. (Please be aware that every story should have a distinct relationship VASG connection.)

II. As examples of your past work and portfolio, please include the links to any of the following that apply to your proposal:

  • Two published articles
  • Photographic portfolio (not more than ten images, or a photo essay)
  • Art portfolio (not more than ten images)
  • Video production (single video less than 10 minutes in length)
  • A combination of any of the above in multi or transmedia format
Conditions of Employment:

• This is a grant-funded position and continued employment is dependent on funding availability.

• This position is restricted to two year term limited appointment.

• This is a non-exempt position, eligible to receive overtime in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. This position may be subject to overtime during high peak times, etc. as directed and approved by the supervisor.

EEO Statement

The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Background Check Statement

The College of William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Supplemental Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Doc
  4. Other 2
Optional Documents
  1. Other 3
  2. Attachment 1