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Science Communications Manager

Communications | San Francisco, Ca | Full Time

Job Description

About Us

At the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, we imagine a world where cancer is curable. We are making this a reality by transforming the way research is done. We bring together the top minds in cancer immunotherapy. We fund the boldest ideas that will lead to breakthrough discoveries. And we give our researchers the most innovative tools and resources to fuel their work. A not-for-profit organization, our goal is to accelerate the development of breakthrough immune therapies to turn cancer into a curable disease.

At the Parker Institute, you’ll be welcomed into a mission-driven family of smart, motivated colleagues. You’ll work on projects that make an impact for cancer patients and have a front row seat to innovations in cancer research.

Help create a world that is cancer-free. Join us.

Overview of the Role

The Science Communications Manager is charged with telling PICI’s story across a variety of media, creating content that showcases the impact of PICI funded research and developing materials that simplify the complexity of immunotherapy to engage audiences. The ideal candidate must be able to grasp scientific and technical concepts quickly and easily and be able to simplify complex topics into an easy-to-digest, compelling stories and content. The ideal candidate must be comfortable writing long form articles and stories and developing fact sheets and shorter content for the web, social media and other mediums.

In addition, this position is responsible for developing and managing relationships with scientific journalists and press as well as national media. The Science Communications Manager will be charged with pitching and placing stories about PICI, our work and our members’ research in trade and mainstream press.

Reporting Structure and Team

The Science Communications Manager reports to the Vice President of Communications and is a key member of the Communications team.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Essential Job Functions

  • Work with the communications team to recommend and create stories and content that help meet the Parker Institute’s business objectives. Partner with other PICI business units to translate and tell the PICI story to stakeholders from members to donors to the press.
  • Collaborate with the team to simplify complex scientific topics and bring topics to life through strategic storytelling (through multiple formats and in long and short form).
  • Draft articles, papers and pieces to promote research results and milestones, create releases and other materials to support media efforts and develop backgrounders, fact sheets, messaging and other content to showcase PICI efforts.
  • Develop content that supports our centers’ and investigators’ efforts ranging from talking points on research to template content that centers can customize.
  • Partner with art director to develop compelling content that aligns with creative concepts and products from PowerPoint slides to infographics to animations.
  • Stay on top of cancer research and new studies in the immunotherapy space.
  • Manage relationships with trade and mainstream media, place stories, work with PICI spokespersons to coordinate interviews and track results.
  • Develop and execute communications plans for campaigns and medical meetings, in partnership with communications team members, cross-functional team members and external partners.
  • Report results of media relations and scientific communications efforts quarterly as part of larger communications metrics.
  • Handle sensitive and/or confidential documents and information.
  • Be able to manage multiple projects at the same time and effectively manage
  • a project calendar to ensure that deliverables are completed on time.
  • Adhere to existing messaging guidelines while still bringing new creative ideas to the table.
  • Work within a very collaborative team environment to execute deliverables.
  • Communicate with manager on job or deadline issues.
  • Execute other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Formal training in writing with particular focus in science and/or medicine.
  • Experience working with the media with a proven track record of media placements.
  • A minimum of 5-7 years’ science writing experience in a deadline-driven environment. Previous experience in the biomedical/science or medical field required. Previous work in cancer a plus.
  • Bachelor's degree in a biomedical science a plus.
  • Highly organized and can manage scheduling of projects according to priority.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and proofing skills. Exceptional communication skills and a strong attention to detail.
  • Proactive, creative and a self-starter.
  • Expert in MS Office applications.
  • Be passionate about the mission of PICI.