Senior Communications Specialist

Ashburn, Loudoun County
Feb 21, 2014
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Principal Responsibilities: *Communications: Oversee specific and high-priority external and internal communications channels to extend Janelia’s reach, demonstrate impact, and perpetuate culture. Duties include: working with select staff at Janelia and HQ to strategize and manage: web content on; internal science talks; and digital signage on campus. Also recognize and forward media opportunities to HHMI’s Strategic News & Communications; facilitate media relations. Selectively deploy social media, with strategy and measurement. Act as a bridge between communications at Janelia and HQ. *Public Affairs: Maintain and enhance Janelia’s reputation and community outreach. Duties include: conceptualizing, planning and managing public events, including a regular series of science talks for the public; advising leadership on community relations; writing materials for inclusion in local publications or forums; participating in community events, as needed; and handling public requests for information about, and tours of, Janelia. *Branding: Articulate, execute, and maintain a strategic and consistent “degree of relationship” between HHMI’s and Janelia’s brands. Duties include: coordinating graphics, language, and external presence to ensure that Janelia is seen as a program of HHMI, yet with its own sub-brand identity. *Promotion/Marketing: Share Janelia’s programs and products with target audiences. Duties include: working with HHMI Communications staff to publicize technological tools and innovative partnership strategies with select audiences; overseeing the development of collateral materials; and serving as an in-house resource on marketing expertise. *Recruitment Outreach: Assist with efforts to recruit top-quality scientists, students, and operations professionals to Janelia. Duties include: organizing and managing recruitment outreach at professional conferences; securing, overseeing, and potentially writing ads for lab head and student competitions; measuring impact to optimize spend; and working with scientists and executive staff to strategize and execute annual recruitment strategies. Preferred Qualifications: *Ideally, roughly 7-12 years of practical and relevant experience. *Must demonstrate success and comfort in working with scientists, academic researchers or similar professionals in a high-caliber, intellectual environment. *The intellectual depth, maturity and confidence to earn the trust of the senior leadership, scientific and program staff and other constituents. Strong personal integrity and work ethic, superior judgment, and the ability to maintain confidentiality. *Ability to produce high quality work on time and on budget despite multiple deadlines, conflicting guidance, and pressure from customers. *Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a team environment with diverse and exacting stakeholders. Must build consensus, move projects forward, and compromise while maintaining composure and production quality, sometimes under deadline pressure. Ability to “lead from the middle,” building coalitions to create progress. *Understanding of communication channels and how to evaluate usefulness, target audiences, and appropriate messaging. *Superior written and verbal communications skills. *Strong attention to detail. *Proficiency with research-based marketing and metrics, or willingness to learn. Additional Information: Please upload a cover letter and the names and contact information of three references with your resume.