The Lieber Institute for Brain Development (LIBD) was established in 2010 to plot a new course in biomedical research that would change the lives of individuals affected with developmental brain disorders. We are one of the only research institutions in the world focused specifically on understanding how genes and the environment influence the way our brains develop that lead to conditions such as schizophrenia, autism, bipolar disorder and related developmental brain disorders. Through our cutting-edge research, answers are emerging and being translated into a robust pipeline of new drugs in development. And, by focusing on genes and their dynamic interplay with the environment, we are getting even closer to the “holy grail” in medical research, the discovery of strategies for primary prevention.
We are a group of dedicated, multidisciplinary and optimistic researchers, working at the cutting edge of science, utilizing state-of-the-art tools to unlock the mystery of the brain and transform the way we approach the development of new treatments, and ultimately cures. LIBD is an independent 501(c)(3) medical research institute located in the Bioscience Park on the campus of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Hospital in Baltimore, MD.
The Lieber Institute for Brain Development is seeking a very special person to become a part of a vibrant and unique organization. The Director of Communications will be a dynamic, creative, self-motivated strategic thinker who will play an instrumental role in furthering the important mission of the Institute. The Director of Communications will develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan for communications. This position is critical to paving the way for a successful revenue generation effort from both private and public sources. The successful candidate must have a proven track record of interfacing effectively with leadership, scientists, external influencers and support staff.
The Director of Communications will showcase the Lieber Institute’s significant research and discoveries, as well as the scientific leaders at the Institute through various platforms such as a compelling website, media outreach, social media channels, media placements, live and virtual events and other opportunities as a part of the strategic plan implementation. One of the key strengths of the Lieber Institute is the approach to scientific and operational problem solving through inclusive collaborative efforts. An internal communications effort will be critical to integrating all staff at the Institute into the awareness of initiatives and communicating what their individual roles are in achieving the successful completion of the initiatives. The internal communication plan will encompass many different ways to involve Lieber Institute staff. We expect that the Director of Communications will be a sophisticated business person, adept in the budgeting process and appreciative of the need to establish goals, track milestones and report the results to leadership.
• Provide vision and leadership for the Institute’s communications efforts, including developing, articulating, and implementing an integrated communications plan for internal and external audiences.
• Establish and staff a Communications Department that will provide a platform for a future revenue generation effort
• Engage with key media outlets, both proactively and reactively, to generate high quality, high impact media coverage
• Engage with stakeholders including but not limited to funders, institute leadership, collaborators, industry partners, etc.
• Create original content across a variety of platforms including current and emerging channels
• Establish annual goals and deliver results as committed
• Develop benchmark criteria to track and evaluate the effectiveness of the communications strategies on a regular basis
• Manage the annual Communications budget
• Provide event management support including logistics, communication, and marketing
• Manage administrative duties and execute other projects as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism or related field required
• A minimum of 10 years of demonstrated progressively responsible communications and public relations experience required, preferably in a medical/science/health organization
• Demonstrated leadership experience designing and executing a strategic communications plan
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Proven experience in media relations, website and social media management
• Proficiency in all Microsoft and Adobe software required
• Proficiency in WordPress and MailChimp preferred
• Excellent interpersonal skills, persuasive presentation and public speaking skills, a sense of humor, flexibility, and a commitment to the Institute’s mission
To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume via the Paylocity portal with the subject line “Director of Communications”.
Physical Requirements for Office position:
- Remaining in a seated or standing position for extended periods of time;
- Reaching and grasping to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard;
- Communication skills using the spoken and written word;
- Prolonged ability to view computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results;
- Having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communications;
- Mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as small office furnishings, reams of paper, a laptop computer or files);
- All other physical demands in a standard office environment.
** If accommodations are needed due to pregnancy or a disability, please contact email@example.com.
At the Lieber Institute, we are committed to a work environment of mutual respect where employment decisions are based on merit. As an equal opportunity employer, the Lieber Institute does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability (physical or mental), genetic information, military service, or other non-merit based factors protected by state or federal law or local ordinance, with regard to any position or employment for which the applicant or employee is qualified.