Research!America, the nation’s leading membership alliance advocating for science, discovery and innovation to achieve better health for all, is seeking an experienced communications professional with a strong background in a health or science policy setting. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, with a master’s degree preferred, in journalism, communications, public policy, health policy or related field, with a minimum of eight years’ of increasingly responsible experience as a communications professional and a solid understanding of the legislative process with experience communicating legislative advocacy priorities to targeted audiences.
The Senior Director of Communications will oversee the day-to-day operations of the communications function, working with staff across the organization to develop and execute a range of activities intended to drive advocacy to support public and private sector medical and health research funding and policy issues, as well as strong brand recognition of Research!America and its mission. The Senior Director plans and oversees execution of proactive media strategies. Possessing superlative writing abilities, the Senior Director, as lead writer, works collaboratively across the organization to craft op-eds, LTEs, press statements and other materials as needed.
Reports to the Vice President of Strategy and Communications.
- Develops and implements communications strategies and opportunities related to Research!America's role as a policy and advocacy thought leader, including setting an annual plan with goals and targets.
- Provides high-quality writing, supervision and editorial management for Research!America communications. This includes press statements, opinion pieces, letters to the editor, remarks for Board members and other participants in Research!America programs, and other materials, ensuring external written communications are clear, compelling and accurate.
- Plans and oversees execution of proactive media relations strategies; provides message development and assists leadership team members in preparing for interviews and other media engagements. Acts as spokesperson when fitting. Develops and helps implement outreach strategy for leadership staff speaking engagements.
- Works with Communications team members to ensure high quality member communications and assists with drafting content for potential funders.
- Supervises and assists in the effective use of social media and digital outreach in coordination with Communications team members.
- Oversees continuing enhancement of Research!America’s website.
- Supervises the Director of Communications and Communications Specialist.
- In support of the organization’s goals and objectives, performs other duties and responsibilities assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree, with a master’s degree preferred in journalism/communications, public policy, health policy or related field.
- Minimum of eight years’ increasingly responsible experience as a communications professional with a preference for experience in a senior communications role in a Congressional or Executive branch agency, or health/research/science advocacy policy setting.
- Superlative writing abilities and copy-editing skills. Helpful to know AP Style as well as industry-specific style guides.
- Solid understanding of the legislative process with experience communicating advocacy priorities to targeted audiences.
- Proficient in development of social media and other digital outreach strategies.
- Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-task team environment.
- Highly collegial with good team-building skills, time management, and deadline management.
Research!America offers a compensation package that includes a competitive salary; medical, dental and vision coverage; life insurance; long- and short-term disability insurance; and a 403(b) retirement plan.
How to Apply
Qualified candidates are invited to send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Research!America is an EEO and values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.