Communications and Marketing Manager

New York
Jan 08, 2013
Feb 07, 2013
Ms. Dr. Yung Lie
Full Time
Position Description

The overarching goal of all Damon Runyon communications and marketing efforts is to reinforce and build awareness with the goal of growing donations to support brilliant young scientists. The Communications Manager oversees all communications activities of the Foundation, including print, web, media relations and marketing initiatives. Reporting to the Chief Scientific Officer, the Communications Manager also works closely with the fundraising team to coordinate donor communications and the scientific programs team to communicate about the research and discoveries of the scientists funded by Damon Runyon. The key responsibilities are:

•Tell the stories of Damon Runyon scientists in a way that demonstrates the impact of the Foundation and its unique role in the fight against cancer. Develop and use print, social media, video, etc., creatively to communicate these stories.

•As brand steward, ensure that all Damon Runyon communications effectively and consistently articulate its mission and values.

•Conceptualize, write, design and oversee production of all print and online communications, including the Foundation’s annual report, newsletters, brochures, press releases and other materials.

•Ensure that the Damon Runyon website, eNewsletters and social media efforts are on the cutting-edge and help build and reinforce awareness of and support for the Foundation.

•Identify and execute creative new marketing approaches that are cost-effective and high impact, working as needed with outside consultants and agencies.

•Develop media relations and identify new opportunities for media coverage of the Foundation. Manage any PR agency and media sponsor relationships, including those in connection with special events.

•Work with the Marketing Committee of the Board of Directors on communications and marketing strategy and implementation.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

•Bachelor’s Degree and 3-5 years of communications experience. Experience working for a non-profit organization a plus.

•Exceptional writing skills and ability to shape and tell compelling stories, as well as a strong aptitude for visual presentation and design “look and feel.” Experience writing about scientific and medical topics a plus.

•Experience with web-based communications and marketing strategies, including social media strategies. HTML familiarity preferred.

•Experience creating and analyzing digital performance metrics, such as Google Analytics.

•A track record of success that demonstrates creative and strategic thinking, project management skills and timely execution.

•Experience working with advertising and public relations firms to strategically use paid and unpaid media to build brand awareness.

•Experience pitching stories to broadcast, digital and print reporters.

•Excitement about the mission of the Foundation.

•Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as a member of a team.

Please send cover letter and resume to Yung S. Lie, PhD, at