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Digital Community Manager

ARE WE YOUR PLACE IN SPACE?

The Planetary Society Seeks a Digital Community Manager

Are you a science communicator who delights in sharing the passion, beauty, and joy of space exploration with others? Would you consider yourself a “digital extrovert” who excels at engaging followers on social media and online forums?

The Planetary Society was created 40 years ago by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman to prove public support for space exploration and give citizens an active role in advancing it. Today it is led by CEO Bill Nye and is the world’s largest independent space interest organization. 

As our Digital Community Manager, you’ll serve an enthusiastic audience of 50,000 global members and millions of online supporters as one of the key voices of The Planetary Society on our social media channels, website, and upcoming online forum. We’re seeking someone with space science or science communication expertise who is savvy at using social media and online forums to discuss space exploration, answer audience questions, and authentically engage and activate followers. Our key topic areas are: human and robotic planetary exploration, the search for life in the cosmos, and defending Earth from asteroids and comets. 

To qualify, you should be able to translate complex concepts into easy-to-understand language tailored for specific platforms including short-form social media posts, long-form articles, curated photographs and infographics, and custom graphics (either created in collaboration with a design partner or entirely by you if you have graphic design skills). You should also have demonstrated success galvanizing followers on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and online forums, and should be excited to apply your expertise to help our digital communities grow and thrive.

This is a full-time exempt position in our headquarters situated in the world capital of planetary science and exploration: Pasadena, California. Please read our full position description and follow the directions to apply. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Position

Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer, the Digital Community Manager, a full-time exempt position, applies expertise in space science and communication to engage audiences across The Planetary Society's social media channels, website, and online forum. The Digital Community Manager will accomplish this through social media and online forum posts, conversations, long-form written content, and visual communications to maximize the organization's strategy to grow, empower, and activate an international community of supporters who seek to advance space science and exploration. 

Digital Community Engagement: 70% Time Spent

Writing and Production: 30% Time Spent

Qualifications and Attributes

Compensation

The Planetary Society is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity at all levels of our work. Job applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with application reviews commencing immediately. Your submission should include a resume, cover letter, and a relevant writing sample. Please email your submission to dcmjob@planetary.org.

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