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JOB TITLE: Communications Manager
DEPARTMENT: Blavatnik Awards
REPORTS TO: Director, Blavatnik Awards
The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists is a landmark national award for young scientists 42 years of age or younger. Established in 2007, the program recognizes early-career scientists who have made innovative advances in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and chemistry. The awards are managed by the Academy and funded by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, an active supporter of numerous leading educational, scientific, and cultural institutions throughout the United States and the world. The Blavatnik Family Foundation was founded by Len Blavatnik, an American industrialist and chairman of Access Industries—a privately-held, global industrial group.
Until 2013, the Blavatnik Awards were limited to young scientists in the New York Tri-State region. However, due to the tremendous importance and success of the program, the Academy, with the support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, expanded the geographical coverage of the awards to include scientists nationally from across all of the United States. The Blavatnik Awards are now poised to launch in two new international regions in 2017.
The Academy is seeking an entrepreneurial and dynamic Communications Manager to help drive the success of our internal and external PR, Media Relations, and Reputation Management efforts on the path to building an international brand in support of young scientists and their breakthrough science in the service of humanity. The Communications Manager will be responsible for creating and maintaining a robust communications program in support of the established Blavatnik Regional and National Awards. He/She will also develop and implement the public relations and communications launch strategies for the Awards in two new international markets in 2017. He/she will report directly to the Director of the Blavatnik Awards, and on a dotted line to the Academy’s Director of Communications.
For more information about the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, visit www.blavatnikawards.org.
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
In this role, you’ll be responsible for creating, implementing, and overseeing a cohesive and integrated communications strategy and initiatives for the Regional, National, and International Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, effectively describing and promoting the extraordinary achievements and impact of the young scientists and engineers honored by this Award, while driving consistency with the Academy’s overall communications and strategic objectives and timeline. This will include the development of the program’s print and digital collateral, PR/media relations, web site management and content development, bylined articles, Blavatnik Scholars community engagement, marketing budget development and cost tracking, RFP development and review, and responsibility for the Awards’ social media accounts. The Communications Manager will work with the Chief Scientific Officer and Director to develop and implement launch strategies for the Awards in two new international markets in 2017.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
The successful candidate will have: the ability to develop strategic communications plans and advise senior leaders on communications strategy while also delivering at the tactical/operational level – this person should be able to conceptualize a media strategy, as well as work directly with staff and reporters to implement it.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applications must include a resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and salary requirements.