Senior Science Writer

Posted On: August 14, 2018

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: JDRF

Company Description

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.

Job Description

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 excellent 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.

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 gifts.
Manage more junior team members and peers on projects, as needed.
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.

To Apply

If you’d like to join our team, please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to JDRF by clicking the job URL
No Phone Calls Please. Only those candidates who meet our qualifications will be contacted. No staffing agencies please.

JDRF is an Equal Opportunity Employer