Communications Officer, Vaccine Advocacy and Ed.

Jan 30, 2014
Mar 01, 2014
Ms. HR Manager
Full Time
Position Summary:

The Communications Officer, Vaccine Advocacy and Education will serve as a member of the Vaccine Advocacy and Education team responsible for various duties including, but not limited to, supporting the Director, Special Projects and Executive Vice President through grant/funder opportunities, advocacy and communications efforts, and events and logistics planning. This is an exempt position reporting to the Director, Special Projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

•Manage specified project implementations, including coordination of all functional areas
•Manage program and event planning activities of specific advocacy projects
•Coordinate international vaccine advocacy project development initiatives
•Provide support for media relations, including creating and maintaining media and partner contact lists, and social media outreach (DVI blog, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube)
•Develop a range of written materials for internal and external audiences across a variety of platforms, including press, social media, fundraising, email, marketing, policy advocacy and web domains
•Assist with creating digital content and reporting on results
•Identify relevant news stories and prepare clips emails for internal and external audiences
•Conduct thorough background research that will support communications activities, including media pitches and social media and video projects
•Manage social media for multiple advocacy projects
•Manage website and web presence for specific projects
•Coordinate and lead working groups on various initiatives, as assigned
•Develop strategies for measuring, evaluating and reporting the impact of advocacy and vaccine education efforts
•Gather regional and disease-specific data and research
•Design and develop consistent research-based materials for outreach, in conjunction with advocacy and communications team
•Assist with the creation of proposals, concept sheets (topics, countries, approaches) and draft reports, as needed
•Assist with program budgets and other financial documents
•Serve as liaison with donors and international partners
•Additional administrative duties, as needed

Experience and Educational Requirements:

•Bachelor’s degree in related field such as journalism, English, communications/public relations or public health, plus a minimum of 3 years relevant experience
•Excellent communication skills
•Social media/digital/media relations/web work experience
•Superior writing and editing skills with an ability to produce strong first drafts and review team members' work
•Experience managing web presence (websites, social media, etc.)
•Experience with design tools highly desirable
•InDesign or comparable image editing tool skills highly preferred
•Video editing such as Final Cut or comparable tool highly preferred
•Web editing experience or an eagerness to learn Drupal skills preferred

Other Requirements:

•Strong attention to detail, ability to manage complex tasks, highly organized, dependable and able to prioritize competing demands in order to meet deadlines
•Shows insight and awareness of the audience and tailors communications so complex messages are conveyed clearly and with impact
•Listens carefully to feedback and comments from staff and adapts plans/actions accordingly
•Demonstrates patience and perseverance in the face of setbacks and achieves a high output
•Works across the organization, building strong relationships with colleagues
•Effectively manages projects so problems are anticipated and solutions identified quickly
•Assertive, entrepreneurial orientation; innovative
•Capable of setting and maintaining priorities
•Ability to develop and align managerial and administrative processes that support implementation
•Highly flexible
•Strong interpersonal skills; excellent at working closely with others over geographical distance
•Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment for a rapidly growing, mission-focused organization
•Ability to travel, with notice

To be considered, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary requirements. Please be sure to reference “VAE-CO” in the subject line. Your cover letter should: (1) address the reasons for your interest in this position; and, (2) describe the knowledge, skills and abilities you would bring to the Sabin Vaccine Institute and its Vaccine Advocacy & Education program. No phone calls, please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Sabin Vaccine Institute has a generous benefits package.