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Content Specialist

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

As per the Carleton Upward Mobility Program, priority consideration for internal applications will be given to those who apply by the close of business Friday, July 14, 2017. Pending the review of those internal applications, external applications will be considered at that time. External applications are welcome at any time.
Carleton College is a AA/EEO employer. We are committed to developing our staff to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Posting Details

Position Information

Organizational Unit Science Education Resource Ctr
Posting Number 13274
Job Title Content Specialist
Benefits Eligible? Yes
Grade 9

Position Specifics

Classification Exempt (Paid monthly)
Status Full Time
If part time, hours to be worked weekly
Working Schedule 12 Months
Position Type Regular
If temporary please provide Start Date
And End Date
Position FTE 1.0

Position Summary Information

Purpose of this Position

This Content Specialist works as part of the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) team at Carleton College to develop new and improve existing websites, support professional development programming, maintain SERC collections, and assist in education research and evaluation projects.

Essential Job Functions - Responsibilities

The Content Specialist works on the full scope of projects undertaken by SERC including website development, professional development, education research and evaluation. Working with other staff as well as collaborators, the assistant is called on to take responsibility for completion of projects at a variety of scales including:

  • Write reports and webpages synthesizing data and findings, community discussions, literature surveys.
  • Work independently and with collaborators on web authoring and professional development projects covering topics within the geosciences, STEM, and education.
  • Support face-to-face and virtual workshops and meetings, particularly the development of workshop websites, use of the website during the workshop, and collection of materials at the workshop for the website.
  • Provide back up and support for the work of other web content developers and evaluators.
  • Support community research teams and projects including managing and analyzing data and documenting findings.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Required Qualifications
  • M.S. in science, sustainability, education or related field (including environmental studies, environmental economics or geography).
  • Strong interest in higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate ideas, claims, and supporting argument in writing and in presentation- a writing sample will be requested.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, documentation and organization skills, including ability to interview educators and synthesize results; create well designed web pages that quickly convey the scope of content and its importance while drawing user into more complex information deeper in the site; to effectively edit submissions from a variety of sources to create cohesive products and to deliver professional presentations.
  • Ability to confidently interact with university faculty, scientists and other professionals while managing projects, guiding the work of individuals and leading workshop groups.
  • Comfort working with groups of workshop participants both during one-on-one virtual interactions and in large group face-to-face settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently complete project on schedule and to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Willingness to make several trips per year to support workshops, make presentations, and conduct evaluation activities.
  • Ability to work independently on loosely defined tasks as well as in close cooperation with a tight-knit team.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with quantitative data, comfort with basic statistics and data visualization techniques, including developing graphs and figures that illustrate key features of the data set; willingness to grow in this area.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and develop web content;
  • Knowledge of higher education and its culture, knowledge of effective practices and challenges in higher education.
  • Affinity for computer work, fluency with common commercial software products, and ability to quickly learn new computer operations, such as with SERC’s content management system.
  • Teaching experience
Special Instructions to Applicants

As per the Carleton Upward Mobility Program, priority consideration for internal applications will be given to those who apply by the close of business Friday, July 14, 2017. Pending the review of those internal applications, external applications will be considered at that time. External applications are welcome at any time.


Carleton College is a AA/EEO employer. We are committed to developing our staff to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 07/07/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Quick Link http://jobs.carleton.edu/postings/3254

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you learn about this opportunity?
    • Carleton Employment Page
    • The Chronicle of Higher Ed
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • HERC (Higher Ed Recruitment Consortium)
    • Minnesota Council of Non-Profits
    • JobsinMinneapolis.com
    • Minnesotaworks.net
    • Scholarly Hires
    • Local Newspapers
    • Professional Society or Organization
    • Other
  2. If you choose "Professional Society or Organization" or "Other" please let us know what the exact source is here.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents