Job Posting: Communications Manager, Research!America

Kate Stuart
April 30, 2014

Communications Manager, Research!America

This full-time, exempt position reports to the Vice President of Communications and manages specific day-to-day communications functions, working with staff across the alliance to develop and execute a range of activities intended to raise awareness of medical and health research issues and Research!America’s mission. The ideal candidate has a blend of internal and external communications experience and a proven ability to develop and execute outcomes-based strategic communication plans. The successful candidate will manage vendors, interact and build relationships with media, policy makers, current and potential members/partners, research professionals, business leaders and others committed to advancing medical and health research.

Responsibilities include:

·         Manage proactive member communications outreach through various print and electronic vehicles.

·         Write and edit content for newsletter, publications, website and social media accounts, and other internal and external communications materials ensuring that high-quality content is produced on deadline.

·         Pursue and help coordinate executive speaking engagements; assist with the development of PowerPoint presentations, remarks and talking points; confirm audience details, materials distribution, etc.;

·         Provide communications support for Research!America events; write panel discussion summaries for media/policy audiences; assist with materials development and on-site support as needed.

·         Review and edit copy produced by other departments and member organizations for message consistency when applicable.

·         Manage appropriate use of organization's editorial and branding guidelines.

·         Manage the work of contractors/outside vendors when applicable.

·         Assist with tracking communications results and preparing updates and reports for board of directors; assist preparation of entries for communication award programs.

·         Perform other duties as assigned.

Email cover letters & resumes to  No calls, please.  The deadlines for applications is May 16, 2014.


·         Minimum of five years’ experience in a communications-related environment

·         Bachelor’s degree in journalism/communications or related-field

·         Excellent writing, editing and oral communications skills, attention to detail, as well as adherence to style guides and Web usability guidelines is required.

·         Publications development experience; strong copy editing skills

·         Experience working with senior-level experts and partner organizations; ability to interact with medical and policy opinion-leaders.

·         Experience in a scientific or medical related institution, association preferred.

·         Web site content management experience

·         Proficient in social media strategies

·         Familiarity with Microsoft Office, HTML, Web content management system software, Photoshop, Acrobat, Illustrator, Word Press, Dreamweaver

·         Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-task team environment.Good team-building relationship skills, time management, and deadline management.

Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority.We urge Congress and the administration to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) at levels that keep pace with scientific opportunity. We also advocate for federal funding for global health research and a legislative and regulatory climate that stimulates growth in industry research and development.