Brown University Communications & Outreach Manager in Providence, Rhode Island
The Brown Institute for Brain Science (BIBS) faculty members pioneer research that illuminates how neural circuits give rise to complex behavior, generating benefits for society as well as the scientific community. Scientists within BIBS are uncovering molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms that underlie healthy brain function and understanding how those mechanisms malfunction in disease. Scientists are pursuing research revealing better understanding and better treatment of epilepsy; autism; ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders and movement disorders; mental illness such as depression, suicide, obsessive compulsive disorder. BIBS scientists and engineers are creating new tools that give the scientific community unprecedented views into understanding brain function; medical devices that can read out brain signals and adjust brain circuits; software that can more rapidly and smartly analyze brain and behavioral data to better predict when someone will have a seizure, who is at risk for attempting suicide, or what drug is best for a patient. Researchers are also building artificial vision systems that see like humans do, leading to a new generation of smart technology.
BIBS maximizes these impacts by creating an environment at Brown that allows faculty, postdocs and students to innovate, create and advance knowledge in brain science without constraint. BIBS supports research, training and outreach to benefit 130+ faculty from a range of academic and clinical departments at Brown University. BIBS has recruited and retained world-class faculty, students, and staff; raised $60M in philanthropy and pledged support ($30M since 2015); funded early-stage innovation that has generated new federal funding; supported faculty in grant preparation and management; operates state-of-the-art research facilities and instruments; secured a $11M NIH award to help launch research of early-stage faculty; and supported training including fellowships for postdocs, graduate students and undergraduates; and engaged the local community in brain science.
To support these efforts and raise the profile of BIBS, this position oversees all communications for the Brown Institute for Brain Science. The incumbent will develop and execute a comprehensive, multi-faceted communications plan in collaboration with BIBS leadership, BIBS faculty members, Brown’s Office of University Communications, and the University’s division of Advancement. The Communications Manager will review and update the communications plan at regular intervals. Duties include generating and managing content to be disseminated through multiple channels, including the BIBS website. The incumbent will create specialized content such as brief, highly effective proposals for individual donors and foundations in coordination with BIBS faculty and the University’s Division of Advancement. The incumbent will conceptualize and implement events to showcase BIBS research and raise the institute profile. The incumbent also will serve as a liaison to Brown’s Office of University Communications to facilitate media interviews with BIBS faculty and leadership, and coordinate coverage of BIBS research.
Undergraduate degree in life sciences and/or communications; advanced degree or training in life sciences and/or communications preferred and 5+ years’ experience in science communication (or any equivalent combination of education and experience).
Communications expertise and ability to coordinate among various offices at Brown are essential.
Knowledge and/or interest in brain science is a plus.
Excellent written communication skills essential
Excellent interpersonal skills essential
Experience developing integrated strategies that span multiple outlets including print, web, and social media
Demonstrated experience communicating science to non-experts
Demonstrated experience working with an editor as evidenced through published material (other than primary scientific literature)
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Communications & Outreach Manager
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