CoE Communications Officer

Full time University of Witswatersrand in Academics
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  • Post Date : May 29, 2021
  • Apply Before : June 20, 2021
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Job Title CoE Communications Officer AD 08
Location Johannesburg, South Africa
Organisation Name DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences
Remuneration A competitive package is offered and commensurate with the level of appointment.
Department Description The DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences invest in people, research, and programmes that moves palaeosciences forward. Our content experience must be fresh and engaging and elevates South African palaeoscience.
Brief Description We are seeking a prolific communicator with the ability to proactively promote the incredible research that the Centre supports.

S/he will promote the Centre through exposing its initiatives to multiple audiences across traditional, digital, and social media platforms. We are seeking a special person who can work with academic contributors, journalist, videographers and photographers to develop and curate compelling and engaging content for our internal and external audiences.

Percentage appointment:
80%, 4 days a week, 8 hrs per day
2-year appointment, renewable subject to grant success

Closing date 20 June 2021
Detailed Description The primary purpose of the job is to profile the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences in the public sphere using a range of multimedia technologies.

The job will involve writing and editorial work for different media, for producing relevant and appropriate content for a diverse range of media channels. The incumbent should be familiar with various multimedia technologies to depict content in appropriate forms for use in the media for publicity and other purposes, for reproduction in internal and external publications and promotions, for use online, on our website and social media outlets.
Job Requirements Requirements:
• Relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
• A background in either science, digital technologies, media, marketing, or education will be advantageous
• Excellent English written, spoken and communication skills. Proficiency in one of the official South African languages is a plus
• Excellent research and interviewing skills
• Attention to detail
• Ability to work to strict deadlines
• Outstanding writing portfolio
• Five years relevant working experience
• Computer literate
• Driver’s licence
• Motivated, energetic and creative
Additional Details Must be willing to work after hours or on weekends to attend and promote events if required.

How to Apply Only applicants who meet the minimum requirements should apply by submitting their cover letter (one page maximum), detailed CV (five page maximum), and certified copies of all educational qualifications and identity document with names and e-mail addresses of 3 referees. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

External applicants are invited to apply by registering their profile on the Wits i-Recruitment platform located at and submitting applications. Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/”Apply for a job.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment and continue searching after the closing date and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given, to appointable applicants from the underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plan and policies of the University. The University retains the right to verify all information provided by the candidate.

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