Communications Manager

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is searching for a Communications Manager who will be responsible for managing media relations for the Society and implementing several member communication strategies, including message development and the management of several SfN communications vehicles.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Drives diverse and growing communications strategies and tactics that inform and engage SfN membership and enhance awareness of and participation in programs.
  • Develops, writes, and edits content for member communications and media relations. Manages internal review for member- and public-facing communications.
  • Manages the press program for the annual meeting, highlighting newsworthy science for the media through press conferences, news releases, lay summaries, direct reporter pitching, and more.
  • Implements strategy for the Society's media relations efforts, including outreach around SfN advocacy and public policy issues, and advising on other priorities including scientific journals.
  • Works with other departments to execute multichannel strategy and messaging for various initiatives and events.
  • Manages writing and production of Society's annual report.
  • Writes, edits, and vets press releases, statements, opinion-editorials, talking points, and other communications, working collaboratively with internal partners.
  • Oversees freelance writer's products and services as needed.
  • Monitors effectiveness of member communications, advocacy communications, and media strategies and messages, and reports regularly on outcomes and opportunities for enhancement.


Supervisory Experience:

  • Supervises three direct reports.
  • Delegates effectively, communicates expectations clearly, and provides professional development opportunities.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • A minimum of 4 years of related professional experience required.
  • A minimum of 2 years of supervisory or team lead experience required.
  • Proven track record of managing a results-oriented media relations programs, strategic organizational communications, superb verbal, written, and editing communication skills, and publications development.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated capacity to develop and organize communications strategies involving multiple communications platforms and tools.
  • Previous work in a newsroom setting or a newspaper.
  • Experience with public affairs and advocacy communications.
  • Exceptional time and project management skills.
  • Familiarity with member-driven associations.
  • Strong organizational and editing skills with high attention to detail.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Expertise with establishing and managing multiple priorities in a flexible manner.
  • Ability to work well and collaboratively under deadlines.
  • Experiencing leveraging social media platforms to enhance media relations strategies.

If this is you and you are eager to make meaningful contributions to a highly relevant and important mission, please submit a cover letter with your salary requirements, a copy of your resume, and a professional writing sample for consideration. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

Our generous benefits package includes: medical, dental, disability and life insurance; flexible spending accounts, two retirement plans with employer matching and nonmatching contributions; 12 days of paid vacation, 12 days of paid sick leave, with additional personal leave and 10 paid holidays; gym membership reimbursement; and tuition reimbursement.

The Society for Neuroscience is wholly dedicated to recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse group of talented people. We are committed to provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected criteria, in accordance with applicable law and we welcome Veteran applicants.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement