Research!America, the nation’s largest not-for-profit advocacy and public education alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority, is seeking a creative, highly organized, and energetic communications professional to join the team as a Communications Specialist. The Communications Specialist will work directly with the Director of Communications and responsibilities include writing and editing communications materials and providing communications support for a variety of projects, campaigns and events to increase support for public and private sector research and innovation among policymakers, media and the public.
The ideal candidate will have a BA in communications, public relations, political science or a related field, plus a minimum of three years related experience; strong verbal and written communications skills; expertise with digital platforms and website content management systems; social media coordination; strong understanding of Google Analytics, SEO, social media analytics, content strategy, and content marketing; experience with membership associations; excellent organization and time management skills; experience with Adobe suite; ability to multitask and prioritize assignments; self-starter with the ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Manage Research!America’s blog, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Medium.com accounts.
Track website and social media analytics, providing weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual analysis and recommendations based on data.
Support the maintenance of the website content management system (Drupal) ensuring fresh, up-to-date content is available.
Assist with developing communications/marketing initiatives to improve online engagement.
Develop short- and long-term e-mail marketing and social media plans for annual events and various advocacy initiatives.
Write, edit, proofread and fact-check materials: newsletter articles, press materials, email communications, fact sheets, invitations, annual report content, letters-to-the-editor, etc.
Assist with development and membership communication plan and support execution.
Work with membership team to engage and steward members through digital properties.
Assist with PowerPoint development for executive speaking engagements.
Minimum of three years’ experience in a communications-related environment
Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, political science or a related field
Proficiency in interactive environments (website content management systems, database management, social media websites and networks, etc.)
Additional Salary Information: Research!America offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plans, parking or Metro benefits, gym membership, and a convenient location in Crystal City.
Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance committed to making research to improve health a higher national priority. Together, with our member organizations that represent a vast array of medical, health and scientific fields, our goals are: Achieve funding for medical and health research from the public and private sectors at a level warranted by scientific opportunity and supported by public opinion; Better inform the public of the benefits of medical and health research and the institutions that perform research; Motivate the public to actively support medical and health research and the complementary sciences that make advances possible; Promote and empower a more active public and political life by individual members of the research community on behalf of medical and health research, public health, and science overall.