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Senior Employee Communications Specialist

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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HHMI is focused on supporting and moving science forward in a variety of different ways ranging from conducting basic biomedical research, empowering educators, inspiring students, developing the next generation of scientists – even stretching into film and media production.  Our Headquarters is in the greater Washington, DC metro area and is home to over 300 employees with expertise in investments, communications, digital production, biomedical sciences, and everything in between.  The work housed here supports and augments the groundbreaking research conducted in HHMI labs across the nation.  As HHMI scientists continue to push boundaries in laboratories and classrooms, you can be sure that your contributions while working here are making a difference.


The Senior Employee Communications Specialist collaborates with communications team members to manage day-to-day activity across our communication channels, produce high quality content, and implement new and creative approaches to inform and engage employees. They partner with colleagues in other departments to understand organizational needs and develop communications to meet them. The Specialist writes copy and creates visual content for use across HHMI’s channels, including newsletters, intranet, email, digital signage, and events. Reporting to the Director of Internal Communications, the individual in this role must be organized, adaptable, collaborative, and committed to continuously improving organizational effectiveness.  

In this role, you will: 

Consult with and support colleagues by developing and managing communications projects, particularly in core operations areas such as human resources, IT, and campus operations; Under the supervision of the Director of Internal Communications. This includes change communications, the rollout of new organizational initiatives, and informational updates.  

Plan and monitor projects and daily work to stay on schedule to meet expectations, escalating as needed and adjusting for any challenges that might arise.  

Conceptualize and create graphics, video, and other audio/visual content; working with team members, freelances, or consultants as needed.   

Write and edit content for key internal communications channels, including newsletters and emails. 

Provide communication support for internal events, such as town halls.    

Monitor channels to measure effectiveness, defining relevant benchmarks and regularly reporting outcomes.  

Contribute to the development and use of an internal communications editorial calendar. 

Collaborate with team members on the steady support of key communications channels, such as intranet content development and review, information architecture, and governance. 

Actively collaborate with Communications team members to better integrate internal and external communications, leveraging content assets and developing HHMI’s external and internal reputation. 

Commit to continuous improvement, including staying abreast of internal communications best practices and working with the director of internal communications and other team members to regularly evaluate new tools that may advance HHMI’s internal communications goals.  

Consistently advance HHMI’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals through consultation and intentional content choices. 

Education and Experience: 

Bachelor’s degree in communication, journalism, public relations, or related field. 

Five to seven years of experience in a similar position, with demonstrated success.  

Skills and Abilities: 

Excellent writing and editing skills, with attention to detail including grammar, style guides, formatting, audiences, and tone.   

Strong visual storytelling capability and multimedia experience. 

Ability to synthesize information and present it in a clear, concise, and compelling way. 

Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a team environment with diverse stakeholders. Ability to maintain composure and productivity in projects with multiple owners. Ability to develop trust and credibility with a wide range of staff. Ability to maintain confidentiality. 

Ability to work with minimal guidance. 

Positivity and adaptability necessary to thrive in a fast-changing and at times ambiguous environment with tight deadlines.  

Excellent critical thinking and strategic skills necessary to understand organizational dynamics and tailor communications accordingly.  

Strong project management, organizational, and time-management skills. This includes being responsive, communicative, and consistent.  

Compassion, curiosity, energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, patience, self-motivation, and teamwork. 

Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint 

Skilled in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) 

Strong content management skills. Some familiarity with HTML preferred. 

Physical Requirements: 

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).  

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis. 

Please Note: 

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Compensation and Benefits 

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more. 

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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