Communications Coordinator

Location: Main Campus-Berkeley
Payroll Title: Writer Editor 3 (4017U)
Posted on November 16, 2021. Note: The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 10, 2022.
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The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) seeks to transform food systems to expand access to healthy, affordable food and promote sustainable and equitable food production. We empower new leaders with capacities to cultivate diverse, just, resilient, and healthy food systems. Established in 2013, we are a unique, interdisciplinary center that partners with eight schools on the Berkeley campus, benefiting from a wide range of food systems expertise. We operate programs in research, policy, education, and community engagement, with a focus on four themes: Urban and Rural Agroecology, Fair and Healthy Jobs, Good Food Access, and Racial Equity.


  • Under limited supervision, researches, writes and / or edits material for a variety of publications for internal and external audiences, consulting with clients as necessary.
    • These responsibilities include developing and maintaining BFI website, e-newsletters, event calendar, social media presence, and print and video content related to events, fundraising, and other BFI programs.
  • Assists BFI in the design and layout of a broad range of publication materials, as well as the management of production delivery.
  • Provides research assistance and other support for publication development efforts.
  • Produces articles, press releases, profiles, briefings, blogs, collateral, and / or other written material using subject matter expertise.
  • Assignments may include analytical, interpretive, reportorial / journalistic, or promotional / persuasive projects.
  • Under supervision, provides estimates on resource allocation, prioritization and timing for moderately complex production, exhibit and/or publications projects.
  • Independently researches, selects sources for interview, and ensures accuracy of written pieces.
  • Obtains copyright permission.
  • Develops and maintains up-to-date records and resources with information on campaign projects, presentations and organizational facts relevant to publication needs.
  • As an editor, ensures clarity, organization, accuracy, style, and quality of written work. Works with undergraduate student assistants on communications projects.
  • Coordinates with other relevant staff on the Berkeley campus.

Required Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of food and agriculture issues.
  • Knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, and / or web production, particularly Adobe Creative Cloud, WordPress, Mailchimp, and social media platforms, to independently produce communications materials as well as supervise technical assistants.
  • Thorough skills to write clear, lively, engaging and compelling copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and / or the broader public, while ensuring adherence to BFI’s message.
  • Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation.
  • Thorough research and fact verification skills.
  • Thorough interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills.
  • Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Thorough attention to detail, project management and organizational skills.
  • Skill to maintain confidentiality.
  • Interest and experience in public service and social equity, as core tenets of the UC Berkeley experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.
  • Thorough knowledge of or ability to quickly learn the Berkeley Food Institute, including its mission, goals, achievements, infrastructure, programs, and policies.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $62,300 – $69,000.

This job includes full benefits. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

Other Information

This is a 12-month, full-time (40 hours/week), Contract (temporary) position with an opportunity for renewal.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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