Outreach Manager, Simons VIP

Simons Foundation | New York, New York


The Simons Foundation is a private foundation established in 1994 in New York City by Jim and Marilyn Simons. With an annual grants and programs budget of $300 million, the foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

The foundation pursues its mission through its grant-making division, comprising programs in Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Education & Outreach and autism research, and through its internal research division, the Flatiron Institute.

The Mathematics & Physical Sciences program supports work in mathematics, theoretical computer science and theoretical physics. The Life Sciences program works to advance basic research in life sciences, with, among other efforts, large grant programs in ocean ecology and in the origins of life.

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is a campaign that aims to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance. SFARI also supports the editorially independent autism research news site Spectrum.

In 2016, the foundation launched the Flatiron Institute (FI), a multidisciplinary institute whose mission is to advance scientific research through computational methods, including data analysis, modeling and simulation. The FI hosts scientists and collaborating expert programmers who work to create, deploy and support new state-of-the-art computational methods.

Outreach & Education supports and promotes scientific literacy in society generally. Specifically, the program supports the nonprofit Math for America and the independent science news site, Quanta Magazine. This program’s Science Sandbox initiative seeks to unlock scientific thinking in all people, so that science becomes a more integral part of culture.

Job Summary

The Simons Variations in Individuals Project (VIP) Outreach Manager’s primary role will be to engage and cultivate a research community of individuals with genetic variants associated with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Reporting to the senior project manager, the Outreach Manager will provide day-to-day management and oversight of communications with all genetic groups in support of initial recruitment, long-term retention and engagement in research.  The Outreach Manager will also organize and disseminate timely research education materials to the community in order to raise awareness of the importance of research participation in rare disease groups.



  • Gather information from stakeholders (individuals with genetic diagnoses, family members/caregivers, SFARI researchers, Simons VIP and Simons Foundation staff) to determine key needs and messages to better enable Simons VIP to recruit and retain genetic communities of interest.
  • Develop and execute a detailed and substantive recruitment and engagement plan across website, social media and print channels.
  • Initiate and manage outreach content calendars for all of Simons VIP’s digital and print assets, webinars and quarterly newsletter for families, participants and research communities.
  • Manage development of all collateral materials for Simons VIP in collaboration with contracted marketing professions and study coordination staff
  • Develop and take a leadership role in externally facing digital engagement activities (webinars, Twitter chats, Facebook live, etc.).
  • Identify, track and analyze metrics for evaluating the success of Simons VIP outreach efforts.
  • Establish a Simons VIP community advisory council to provide a mechanism for both directly engaging the community in Simons VIP and eliciting feedback on communication strategies and community research interests
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with participant leaders of genetic family organizations
  • Work with the science team members to ensure communications and outreach strategies are scientifically valid and to identify research publications of high quality and relevance that can be shared with Simons VIP participants through webinars and/or research summaries on the website.
  • Seek out and reference resources from other organizations to augment existing Simons VIP materials for participants and family organizations (e.g., Global Genes, Genetic Alliance, Unique).
  • Interface with SFARI and Simons Foundation outreach managers to harmonize messaging where appropriate and develop cross-project/co-brandedcommunications/webinars for participants as necessary.
  • Identify possible researchers of interest for various genetic communities and develop a communication plan to encourage broader research use of Simons VIP resources
  • Attend conferences and community events to accurately represent Simons VIP’s mission and progress
  • Perform any other duties as assigned or required




  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in a relevant field is desirable.


  • Background in genetic counseling and/or experience with genetic, neurodevelopmental or neuropsychiatric disorders is strongly preferred.
  • Five or more years of experience managing an outreach/social media campaign; experience in health outreach campaigns a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in project management
  • Experience engaging people in person and online
  • Public speaking experience


Related Skills & Other Requirements

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Experience and facility with various tools of digital technology and communication, including content management systems and marketing and outreach tools, such as Google Analytics, Twitter and Facebook, as well as understanding of user experiences.
  • Energetic with creative problem-solving skills
  • Sound judgment and exceptional ethical standards
  • Ability to understand relevant scientific content and maintain scientific accuracy while representing Simons VIP
  • Ability to inspire and forge strong collaborative partnerships
  • Comfortable working independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Adaptable to quickly changing priorities
  • Advanced skills in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability and willingness to travel


  • Please submit a résumé and cover letter stating your interest in the position.


Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

How to Apply

Please follow this link: https://simonsfoundation.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/simonsfoundationcareers/job/160-Fifth-Avenue/Outreach-Manager--Simons-VIP_R0000387

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