Job Opportunity: Scientific Outreach and Communications Manager

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Janelia Research Campus is a pioneering research center in Ashburn, Virginia, where scientists pursue fundamental questions in neuroscience and imaging. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) launched Janelia in 2006, establishing an intellectually distinctive environment for scientists to do creative, collaborative, hands-on work.   Our integrated teams of biologists, computational scientists, and tool-builders pursue a small number of scientific questions with potential for transformative impact.  We share our methods, results, and tools with the scientific community.  It is a uniquely innovative and collaborative atmosphere that reflects HHMI’s reputation for excellence.


The Janelia Science and Training group creates and manages a range of dynamic and innovative scientific programs and activities that foster collaborations, intellectual interactions, and a culture of leadership development.

About the Role:

The Scientific Outreach and Communications Manager will report to the Director of Scientific Programs, and will work in close collaboration with others in the Office of Scientific Operations and Programs. The successful candidate will engage and educate the scientific community about Janelia and its Scientific Programs through various modes of outreach.

What We Provide:

  • A competitive compensation package, with comprehensive health and welfare benefits.

  • A flexible hybrid schedule (M&F at home office, T-W-Th on-site).

  • Professional development opportunities

  • Attend and participate in Janelia’s scientific seminars and conferences

  • One on one mentorship relationship with a director of scientific programs

What You'll Do:

  • Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of all components of Janelia’s Scientific Programs, including their unique goals and offerings.

  • Work with key individuals at Janelia to build and implement an outreach strategic plan that is regularly reviewed and adjusted based on the evolving priorities of Janelia’s Scientific Programs.

  • Design, manage, and implement creative outreach efforts and activities.

  • Expand awareness for Janelia’s scientific programs by actively engaging with relevant target audiences, using the appropriate channels with accurate, impactful, and timely content.

  • Cultivate relationships with colleagues across Janelia and with key external organizations (e.g., scientific societies).

  • Give presentations about Janelia’s offerings at various institutions and scientific events.

  • Compile metrics on outreach activities and their impact and adjust priorities and strategies accordingly.

What You Bring:

  • Doctoral or professional degree (PhD or equivalent) in a scientific field is required.

  • Experience working in a scientific environment or research organization is required.

  • Experience communicating with both a scientific and lay audience about science is required.

  • Experience developing and implementing stakeholder outreach strategies is preferred.

  • Experience developing a variety of outreach materials, including but not limited to content for webpages, social media, email blasts, posters and videos is preferred.

  • Excellent organization, prioritization, and strategic decision-making skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills – particularly in communicating with multi-cultural audiences

Please include a cover letter with your application.


Physical Requirements:

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compensation and Benefits

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our Benefits at HHMI site to learn more.

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer