UC Global Food Initiative
Food Security Communications Intern

Application deadline: October 22nd, 2017 at the latest, however we will be reviewing on a rolling basis, so early applications will receive priority.

Hours Per Week: 10 hrs. per week
Wage: $14/hr. (work-study preferred, but not required)
Preferred Start Date: ASAP


President Napolitano has allocated funding to the University of California campuses as part of the UC Global Food Initiative (UCGFI) to address food insecurity, food sustainability, and food justice.  UC Santa Barbara will hire a Communications intern to promote the work of the food access and security working group of the UC Global Food Initiative as well as the local food security coalition which is a direct result of the statewide working group. The Communications Intern will be responsible for promoting informative and engaging content and will work across many communications platforms, including social/digital, in person, and print.

Job responsibilities

  • Implement the goals and strategies of the UCSB Food Security Action Plan and the UCSB Food Security Communications Plan, such as presenting food security information to departments across campus
  • Manage media campaigns from conceptualization to evaluation  
  • Create meaningful content for web, social media, and print that addresses the Food Security team’s marketing goals and resonates with the campus community
  • Create and maintain a communications calendar; manage and/or attend related activities including scheduling events and generating materials
  • Build and maintain digital audiences; responsible for engaging/responding to users across social media sites
  • Adhere to UC/UCSB social media and electronic communications policies
  • Comply with fair use, copyright, and other related media laws

Minimum Requirements

  • Have excellent communication (writing, public speaking, interpersonal, etc.) and customer service skills
  • Be a skilled user of major social media platforms across a wide range of devices; must be a good digital citizen
  • Write posts that reflect/respect the diversity found in our community; be comfortable collaborating through the editing process
  • Be a relatable, confident interviewer; be comfortable taking notes and transcribing interviews
  • Be comfortable researching, gathering, and analyzing data
  • Be comfortable contributing in a team setting, however, also be comfortable working on content independently

Preferred Requirements

  • Familiarity with food insecurity as a complex and sensitive issue worthy of campus conversations
  • Be a multilingual speaker/writer
  • Understand how to write online content with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in mind
  • Graphic design experience (please clarify which tools you are comfortable with)

To Apply

Please read all of the instructions for this program and the job posting carefully in order to ensure that you have the best chance of being selected.  Submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position to melissafontaine@ucsb.edu by October 22nd, 2017.  If you are eligible for work-study, please note this in the cover letter. Work-study is not required, but is preferred.

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