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Communications Manager, Blavatnik Awards

Location: New York, NY

Department: Blavatnik Awards

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

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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.



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.



  • Create strategies to increase brand awareness and promote institutional participation and public awareness of the Awards in our established Regional and National territories, and in new regions as the program expands
  •    Work with the Chief Scientific Officer and Director to develop and implement public relations and communications launch strategies for the Awards in two new international markets in 2017
  •  Cultivate and vet opportunities for media interest and secure media to cover Blavatnik Award honoree announcements and related events, including annual Awards ceremonies and Blavatnik Science Symposium
  •  Assess brand awareness and speaking engagement opportunities for Award honorees and leadership in Tri-State, National, and International regions, and manage those opportunities from decision-point through the event itself
  • Produce print and digital collateral to inform nominating academic institutional representatives, the scientific and tech sectors, and the public about the Awards and the breakthrough science and scientists honored
  • Write and issue press releases, draft media pitches, arrange interviews with honorees, respond to media requests
  • Compile press kits, internal and external presentations, and talking points on the Awards program
  • Use copy writing and editing skills to create compelling content across all public relations and communications channels
  • Create and maintain an editorial calendar, including all program touch points; Organize and create communications agenda for weekly team meetings, and ensure all communications collateral is reviewed, approved, and released in a timely and efficient manner
  • Take the Awards’ website and social media efforts to the next level in terms of the quality of daily written content, content formats, relevant and topical subject matter, search optimization, and engagement by scientists, nominating institutions, general public, and the growing global community of Blavatnik Award honorees
  • Serve as the liaison for our growing community of 180+ Blavatnik Scholars, tracking and reporting on their professional achievements and Award impact
  • Oversee the selection and contract responsibilities with third-party vendors in the Awards process, including writers and PR agencies, graphic designers, videographers, and photographers; Manage Blavatnik Awards projects and ensure high quality products
  • Manage brand collateral assets including printed collateral, photography, slide and video files, logos, and creative guidelines
  • Drive efforts to measure the effectiveness of our channels and content, by evaluating campaigns and sharing insights back to the team
  • Meet regularly with the Academy’s Director of Communications, representing the Blavatnik Awards and making sure its editorial plan is well integrated with the rest of the Academy’s communications, both in terms of content and timeline
  • Serve as a member of the Academy’s Editorial Planning Group and Social Media Working Group; Participate in weekly Marketing Meetings to promote and maintain inter-departmental awareness of the Awards’ MarComm activities
  • Assist the Chief Scientific Officer and Director with administrative and ad hoc projects as needed.



  • Bachelors’ degree in communications, journalism, public relations, marketing or a related field
  • 3-5 Years of communications or public relations experience in a science, medical or technology field
  • Experience in media relations and reputation management
  • Strong record of scientific content generation, including science writing and copyediting is highly desired; Possess research and proofreading skills to ensure all materials are high quality and scientifically accurate
  • Excellent organization, communication, and presentation skills; Keen eye for detail
  • Fantastic people skills; Strong self-motivation and ability to handle multiple projects from start to finish, prioritize and act with a sense of urgency; Personable and flexible with demands and changes in projects
  • At least one year leading or contributing to institutional social media accounts; Strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital media/social media
  • An understanding of, and enthusiasm for, science and technology, and the ability to stay on top of relevant news and trends
  • Experience working with website content management systems a plus
  • Ability to travel for international award ceremonies and press events, 5%.

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.



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