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Job opening: communications specialist

First consideration will be given to applications submitted by 5 pm Pacific Time (US) on Wednesday, January 3, 2024. The position will be open until filled.

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We are seeking an experienced professional to join our team as a communications specialist. This person will collaborate with other professional staff, students, and faculty to interpret and share our research findings and project accomplishments, support donor engagement, and raise visibility via our website and media channels. This specialist is part of our communications team and is supervised by the senior development manager.

Primary responsibilities include developing, writing, and/or editing research-related content for digital and print media; maintaining our contact database and website; sending acknowledgements and updates to donors and partners; and supporting activities such as tours, workshops, and campus, community, and donor events.

This position is expected to start in January or early February and is based at the Schatz Center, in Arcata, CA. The exact start date is negotiable. We work in a hybrid environment that supports flexibility and connection. Our team members currently have the option to work onsite or alternate between working remotely and at least 25% onsite at the Schatz Center. During the initial onboarding period, the selected candidate could telecommute, but ultimately will need to live within commuting distance of the Schatz Center. We welcome applications from everyone who is legally authorized to work in the United States.

Compensation and advancement

This is a full time position, with a minimum term of one year. Employee continuation is anticipated, contingent on funding, workload, and performance.

The hourly (non-exempt) starting wage range is between $28.00 and $34.03, depending on skills and experience. Cost of living adjustments are made annually in July.

Advancement in step is expected to occur every two years. Step raises outside this interval may also be granted for employee achievements such as professional licensure or completing a graduate degree. Advancement in category is based on criteria including experience, a strong performance record, and an increase in responsibility.

How to apply

Please see the full job announcement for the core responsibilities and a list of required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Applicants must submit the following via email to

  • A formal letter of application (cover letter), attention: “Comms Specialist Hiring Committee”
  • A resume
  • A Cal Poly Humboldt Sponsored Programs Foundation Employee Information Form for Applicants. Please fill in “Submission Email” and “Contact” as follows: Schatz Energy Research Center (Name) and (Email).

Please include in your email how you learned about this vacancy. Additional materials may be required from candidates invited to interview.

Affirmative action and equal opportunity

The Schatz Center is a part of the Cal Poly Humboldt Sponsored Programs Foundation (SPF), an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Read more about SPF’s Equal Employment Opportunity hiring practices.

Questions and inquiries

For assistance with the application process, please submit an Accommodation Request Form or call the Compliance Support Coordinator at (707) 826-5169.

For additional information, please email or call (707) 826-4345.

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Who we are and what we do

Since 1989, the Schatz Center has been a leader in applied research and project development for clean and renewable energy. Our current portfolio includes offshore wind research and analysis, renewable energy microgrid development, sustainable transportation design, carbon life cycle analysis, solar product testing, and planning and policy for clean energy access around the globe.

We are located on the campus of Cal Poly Humboldt in Arcata, California. Arcata’s 800-acre community forest and 11 miles of trails begin one block away — and we are within biking distance of California’s second largest inland bay and the Pacific Ocean. 

As residents of a rural coastal community, we are keenly aware of our social and environmental responsibilities. We are committed to increasing energy access and resilience for communities worldwide — and do so through clean and renewable design that reduces climate change and restores environmental and human health.

Our organizational commitments

Our vision

We envision a healthy planet with thriving, equitable, resilient communities powered by clean energy.

Our purpose

Our team is committed to addressing climate change and improving human and ecosystem health through work that supports clean energy, climate-resilience, equity, and justice. Our work includes:

  • Research and development – we do applied research focused on energy and environmental issues.
  • Technology deployment – we design, integrate, build, test, and operate innovative, renewable, and resilient energy systems that are responsive to social and environmental needs.
  • Collaboration – we work with public and private partners including Tribal Nations, communities, agencies, academic institutions, foundations, and industry to exchange knowledge and implement innovative solutions locally and internationally.
  • Education and Training – we support learning that provides practical, hands-on experience for current and future practitioners and leaders.

Our values

  • Kindness: Treating people and the planet with care and respect through acts of inclusion, helpfulness, generosity, and encouragement.
  • Integrity: Approaching one another and our interdisciplinary research with curiosity, open-mindedness, transparency, and humility.
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion: Providing a nourishing and rewarding environment for Center staff, students, and partners. Respecting the differences of our colleagues and actively seeking to identify and remove barriers to ensure opportunities to thrive.
  • Justice: Working to advance racial justice, gender equality and women’s empowerment, LGBTQIA+ rights, economic equality, and environmental justice.
  • Teamwork and collaboration: Supporting internal and external community building and engagement to create inclusive and innovative solutions. Sharing knowledge with and learning from our colleagues, collaborators, community partners, and the public to advance understanding.
  • Effectiveness: Using our technical, scientific, and policy expertise to do good work that makes a difference.

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