National Manager, Research Communications

Posted On: March 28, 2018

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Media Organization: JDRF International

Company Description

JDRF International, the world’s leading charitable funder of diabetes research, was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) – a disease that strikes people suddenly, makes them insulin dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers in 75 Chapters throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D.

Job Description

National Manager, Research Communications

New York, NY, USA Full-time

Looking to join a dynamic, innovative and growing nonprofit Marketing & Communications team? JDRF, the leading global organization working to end type 1 diabetes, needs your talent, creativity and enthusiasm to drive our mission forward. As part of the national Marcom team, you will work with colleagues who spend every day curating inspiring narratives, brainstorming campaigns and finding better ways to reach more people and increase engagement with a worldwide movement that makes an impact.

The National Manager, Research Communications, occupies a strategic and senior role within the JDRF Marcom Content & Storytelling team, assuming a high volume of projects that support JDRF’s storytelling efforts with a focus on research progress. The role requires excellenti writing skills, a deep knowledge of scientific subject matter, terminology and processes, as well as the discernment to identify and advocate the best opportunities for research communications across a wide spectrum of JDRF-owned and third-party channels. The National Manager has significant responsibility to liaise between Research and Marcom Departments to facilitate collaboration and flow of information between the two groups.

Job Description
Reporting to the Director, Content & Storytelling, the National Manager, Research Communications will:

Drive engagement with major research initiatives by conceptualizing, launching and managing campaigns across variety of assets and channels.

Create framework for JDRF scientific narrative and create communications strategy that injects scientific progress story throughout appropriate JDRF assets and channels.

Interview and collaborate with external scientific community to capture compelling narratives and promote the work that JDRF funds to a broad audience.

Translate scientific information, including research proposals, progress reports and publications, into compelling content for non-scientific audiences for use in fundraising and marketing assets.

Participate actively in all Research Department and Research Committee meetings to act as a voice for Research support within and outside Marcom. Includes fielding questions and requests for messaging and resources from senior leadership, development and the field.

Develop strong relationships with Research staff and volunteer leadership to act as trusted adviser.

Liaise with Leadership Giving team to translate research progress into compelling cases for support for major

Manage more junior team members and peers on projects, as

Plan, produce and measure reliable stream of research-themed blog posts on

· 10+ years of experience writing in a nonprofit, academic, journalism or similar organization

· Expertise in scientific research, especially biological sciences, and ability to translate progress into lay-friendly messages

· Demonstrated passion for storytelling and ability to use personal narratives to tell an organizational story

· Experience interviewing research scientists, including preparation and follow up

· Excellent project management, organizational and time-management skills

· Impeccable proofreading and editing skills

Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, biological sciences or a related field. Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred.

Additional Information
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