Monday, January 30, 2012

Public Information Coordinator, Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC

Public Information Coordinator, Society for Neuroscience,
Washington, DC

Job Description:

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is a non-profit, professional
association representing over 41,000 members working in the dynamic and
multi-disciplinary field of science that deals with the brain and
nervous system. Our staff of 80-plus is a highly dedicated group
passionate about and proud of supporting the scientific research,
advocacy and public education activities our members are engaged in. We
work in a unique, award-winning, environmentally friendly building and
offer excellent employee benefits. We foster a culture of creativity,
initiative-taking and excellence, and seek highly motivated, bright,
inquisitive, and energetic team players interested in contributing to
the multi-faceted mission of the Society.

SUMMARY: The Public Information Coordinator helps project manage the
production of publications and other resources that explain neuroscience
research, its impact, and SfN’s role to key audiences, including the
general public, primarily through a new online public information
initiative called, which will launch in April 2012.
Responsibilities include research and writing as well as coordinating
scientific review of material, including images; developing and
monitoring production schedules; ensuring that all activities are
completed on time, to specification, and within budget; directing
contracts with vendors; and coordinating the posting and distribution of
material online and in print. In addition, the Coordinator responds to a
broad range of inquiries from the general public and Society members and
actively supports Media Relations staff.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (along with other duties that may
be assigned):

• Develops and monitors timelines and production schedules. Also
coordinates posting and distribution of publications online and in

• Works with writers, editors, and researchers to manage production of a
variety of content, including online content, publications, and images,
and helps coordinate scientific vetting process to ensure accuracy of
materials. Also writes and copyedits material as appropriate, and
responds to public inquiries on a broad range of neuroscience topics.

• Researches and obtains appropriate scientific imagery for use in
articles and publications, and manages permissions for image use.

• Posts publications and imagery for the general public online via a
content management system, and helps develop and contribute to other
multi-media projects as appropriate.

• Coordinates vendor contracts, translation agreements, and order
fulfillment for various publications and materials. Assists Public
Information Manager in budgeting and administration.

• Supports annual meeting press room planning and event management;
supports on-site press corps.

• Supports work of the volunteer Public Education & Communications
Committee, which guides communications activity. Assists with the
preparation and dissemination of materials for meetings and ongoing
projects. Coordinates staff and volunteer travel.

• Serves as active team member of Public Information Department: works
with other staff; helps report on department progress; and works
effectively and responsively with volunteer leadership committees and

GENERAL DUTIES: Serves as an engaged and involved team member,
respecting the varied experiences and perspectives of internal and
external colleagues. Supports and actively builds an office culture
dedicated to superior quality work and superior customer service that
exceeds member expectations. Works within the team and among teams to
ensure that decisions are made to further the organization's goals.


QUALIFICATIONS: Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
superior organizational skills and attention to detail; collaborative
style to work effectively with colleagues, other departments, and
Society volunteer leaders and scientific reviewers. Proficient in
effectively and independently managing projects and timelines,
multi-tasking, and setting priorities in a flexible manner to address
changing needs. Skilled in Microsoft suite and familiar with database
software, HTML, and social media like Twitter and Facebook. Ability to
handle interpersonal situations with tact and professionalism.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree required, preferably in
English, journalism, communications, business, or science; minimum two
years of experience. Experience with project management and experience
at a scientific or medical institution/organization or public relations
agency a plus.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Excellent oral/written communication skills and
knowledge of the English language.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Basic math required.

REASONING ABILITY: Must show good judgment, logic and strong analytical
and reasoning skills. Also must be able to competently handle
potentially controversial topics and situations.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here
represent those an employee encounters while performing the essential
functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must
be able to work as a collaborative team member.

Please forward your letter of interest, current resume, salary
requirements, writing sample, and references by e-mail or mail to:

Human Resources, SfN
1121 14th Street, NW
Suite 1010
Washington, DC 20005
email:; Web:


The Society for Neuroscience is an equal opportunity employer and is
committed to fostering a diverse and multicultural work environment. SfN
welcomes applications from all qualified candidates without regard to
race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability,
sexual orientation, veteran or any other category protected by law.

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