Digital Media Manager, SPARK

Simons Foundation, New York, NY USA

Work at Simons Foundation


Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)

Duration: Full-Time


SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge) is a national research study supported by SFARI that aims to recruit, engage and retain a community of 50,000 individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their family members living in the United States. Participation in SPARK involves the contribution of medical and behavioral information online, mailing in saliva for genetic analysis, the option to have genetic findings related to autism returned, and consenting to be invited to participate in future research studies. The SPARK community also provides researchers with an efficient way to invite individuals to participate in their research.

Reporting to the Participant Engagement and Outreach Manager, the Digital Media Manager will be responsible for overseeing all digital aspects of the SPARK Communications & Outreach team including, but not limited to, organic and paid social media advertising and other digital advertising, as well as digital asset management and creation.

This full-time position will be based at the Simons Foundation offices in New York City.


  • Oversee the creation of digital content including but not limited to the newsletter, social media graphics and program collateral for the SPARK Clinical Site Network.
  • Establish and maintain a library of print and digital assets for clinical site partners to utilize in recruitment and outreach efforts.
  • Create written content for monthly e-newsletter and additional e-communications as needed.
  • Create and implement video strategy with media vendor.
  • Manage relationships and design processes with appropriate vendors (designers, videographers, etc.) for the purposes of updating and developing new content.
  • Create, curate and manage all organic and paid content for social media in partnership with design / marketing vendors and other members of the Communications & Outreach team.
  • Monitor, listen and respond to users on all social media channels including complex recruitment concerns, technical recruitment issues, and ongoing engagement.
  • Organize and host monthly webinars, Facebook Live events and other engagement opportunities through social media.
  • Analyze and report on metrics and recruitment and engagement ROI as needed.
  • Stay up to date on social media trends, audience preferences and best practices.
  • Liaise with the SPARK content manager on overall content strategy and message themes for cross-promotion on social media.
  • Support the development of collateral such as data reports and recruitment materials in concert with external designers and writers.



  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree a plus.


  • At least 3–5 years of experience in communications, community engagement, marketing, media relations or social media.

Related Skills & Other Requirements

  • Past professional experience in social and digital media
  • Facility with various tools of digital technology and communication, including content management systems, design and editing software (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite), and marketing and outreach tools such as Google Analytics, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Sprout Social.
  • Excellent graphic design skills, including the ability to adapt style and tone depending on the audience.
  • Knowledge of customer relationship management (CRM) tools and best practices in digital marketing.
  • Analytical and multitasking skills
  • Sound judgment and discretion
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with all levels of the organization, as well as external communities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and is conscientious about grammar, spelling and tone in all communications.
  • Comfort working independently, but also works well in a collaborative team environment.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills, with attention to detail and ability to balance workload under deadlines and multiple commitments.
  • Strong computer skills, particularly with email, Excel, PowerPoint, and word-processing programs.
  • Must be able to travel to conferences and community events.


  • Please submit a résumé and cover letter stating your interest in the position.

The Simons Foundation’s Diversity Commitment

Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.

About Simons Foundation

The Simons Foundation is a private foundation established in 1994 in New York City by Jim and Marilyn Simons. With an annual grants and programs budget of $300 million, the foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

The foundation pursues its mission through its grant-making division, comprising programs in Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Education & Outreach and autism research, and through its internal research division, the Flatiron Institute.

The Mathematics & Physical Sciences program supports work in mathematics, theoretical computer science and theoretical physics. The Life Sciences program works to advance basic research in life sciences, with, among other efforts, large grant programs in ocean ecology and in the origins of life.

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is a campaign that aims to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance. SFARI also supports the editorially independent autism research news site Spectrum.

In 2016, the foundation launched the Flatiron Institute (FI), a multidisciplinary institute whose mission is to advance scientific research through computational methods, including data analysis, modeling and simulation. The FI hosts scientists and collaborating expert programmers who work to create, deploy and support new state-of-the-art computational methods.

Outreach & Education supports and promotes scientific literacy in society generally. Specifically, the program supports the nonprofit Math for America and the independent science news site, Quanta Magazine. This program’s Science Sandbox initiative seeks to unlock scientific thinking in all people, so that science becomes a more integral part of culture.

In addition to competitive salaries, the Simons Foundation provides employees with an outstanding benefits package.

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