[Ip-health] Job Announcement: Communications Manager, DNDi North America

Rachel Cohen rachel.cohen72 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 11 13:57:59 PDT 2014

Job Announcement

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), North America

Communications Manager

June 2014


The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), North America seeks a
passionate Communications Manager with deep global health communications
experience to bring energy and creativity to DNDi's efforts to bring the
best science to the most neglected. Based in New York, the Communications
Manager will be a dynamic, experienced individual overseeing DNDi's
communications activities in the US, as well as Canada and Mexico, while
contributing to DNDi's global communications strategy. S/he will be
responsible for informing North American audiences about DNDi, particularly
in the US; increasing public awareness about the urgent need for new health
technologies for neglected diseases and patients; and fostering greater
public understanding of DNDi's principles, model, and advocacy messages. 


Main Job Responsibilities:

.         Lead the development and implementation of the DNDi North America
communications plans, and contribute to defining DNDi's global strategic
objectives for communications

*	Generate features and hard news angles to raise the profile of DNDi
and highlight and pitch DNDi's R&D projects and milestones

.         Write, distribute, and pitch press releases, op-eds, blogs, and
other articles in media outlets

.         Develop and maintain good working relationships with key
journalists and editors through DNDi's international network and own network
and field responses to media inquiries

.         Lead the development of publications for DNDi NA, including DNDi
NA e-News, periodic mass emails, and other fundraising materials, as well as
selected publications for DNDi globally

.         Coordinate DNDi presence at key scientific and other conferences
and public events

.         Organize and participate in field visits to collect multimedia
footage and accompany journalists

*	Actively contribute to DNDi's social media activities 
*	Support content, architecture, visual design, and functionality of
"dndina.org" website in partnership with DNDi's Social Media & Web Manager

.         Participate in formulation of advocacy messages related to
neglected disease R&D



*	Minimum seven years' professional experience (journalism, medical
writing, media relations, etc.) with a strong scientific and/or global
public health background
*	Excellent written and verbal communications skills and ability to
work effectively as part of a small, nimble North American team, as well as
a large, diffuse international, multicultural team
*	Excellent organizational, multitasking skills and ability to produce
high-quality results under tight deadlines
*	Deep understanding of and commitment to global health, medical
innovation, scientific research, and access to medicines issues in
developing countries
*	Established press network and relationships with high-level
journalists and media/broadcast outlets
*	Independence, initiative, good judgment, strong interpersonal skills
*	Experience working internationally with a non-governmental
organization or other non-profit organization

.         Education: Master's degree (M. A.) or equivalent 

.         Language: Fluent written and spoken English required; Spanish
desired; French a plus

.         Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with publishing,
database, graphics, and web editing software


Start date: Summer 2014. Full time, based in New York City. Competitive
salary and benefits. Some travel required.


To apply, please email CV and cover letter by June 27 to Robert Grembowitz,
Administration Coordinator,  <mailto:rgrembowitz at dndi.org>
rgrembowitz at dndi.org (Subject line: Application for Communications Manager).


To view the full job description, click here:

DNDi is a patient-needs driven, not-for-profit research and development
(R&D) organization developing and delivering safe, effective, and affordable
medicines for deadly neglected diseases that afflict millions of the world's
poorest people. DNDi focuses on developing new treatments for neglected
diseases including sleeping sickness (human African trypanosomiasis),
leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, filaria, and pediatric HIV. DNDi's primary
objective is to deliver 11 to 13 new treatments by 2018 and establish a
strong R&D pipeline for its target diseases. 


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