Opportunity: Manager, Communications, Gulf Research Program

job_picIn 2013, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine established the Gulf Research Program (GRP) to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. outer continental shelf areas.

The Program seeks to improve understanding of the region’s interconnecting human, environmental, and energy systems and fostering application of these insights to benefit Gulf communities, ecosystems, and the Nation.


The communications manager plays a central and critical role in the GRP’s work.  Candidates must have proven capabilities to: plan, develop, and manage internal and external communications projects, funding opportunity outreach, and other dissemination and outreach activities.  Oversee GRP’s web and intranet sites, social media strategy and activities; evaluate and improve all communication activities, especially the GRP’s digital presence.  Develop, write, and review material intended for public dissemination to ensure that it represents the best interests of the National Academies, is consistent with established objectives and policies, and supports Gulf Research Program goals.  Candidates will mentor and supervise communications staff, including both exempt and/or nonexempt staff. 


1. Demonstrates proven leadership and excellence in communications.  Works closely with program staff to plan and implement a broad set of communications and dissemination initiatives that support the GRP’s mission and goals.  Implements and develops communications strategies, policies, procedures, and organizational structures under the planned initiatives. 

2. Supervises assigned staff.  Provides leadership and mentors employees.  Plans and assigns personnel, including consultants where appropriate, for given projects.  Forms effective teams and cultivates a work environment that fosters teamwork. Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies.  Trains and develops employees to successfully perform current responsibilities and encourages development of staff for future roles.   Initiates personnel actions, including performance and compensation reviews and disciplinary actions.

3. Independently plans, writes, and edits communications materials, including announcements of funding opportunities, descriptive program materials, annual reports, social media content and other communications documents. Leads the program as it develops ways to communicate the results of the research it is funding. Manages production of communication products, internally or through vendor relationships. 

4. Manages the GRP website and online presence, including both strategic planning, coordination with Institutional standards, and implementation.  Drives social media and content campaigns. Strategizes with staff and others to develop and expand the reach of funding opportunity announcements, research results, and other projects; work with staff to expand outreach including GRP participation in conferences, speaking engagements, and other opportunities to engage with stakeholders. Explore and develop new ways to communicate GRP plans, activities, and results.

5. Reviews material intended for dissemination and public release to ensure that it represents the best interests of the National Academies.  Ensures adherence to institutional and division-level dissemination, branding, usability, and design models.

6. Performs internal and external research and gathers data on communications issues relevant to GRP activities.  Ensures coordination with GRP program staff so communications activities closely align with and support program goals.

7. Develops and pitches ideas to be used for communication and outreach activities.  Serves as program liaison with the Academies communications group, central web office, and news office; lead efforts to build awareness of key media and expert contacts, the trade press, nongovernmental organizations, industry and community bloggers, and other thought leaders.

8. Prepares and manages budgets for assigned group. Reviews and approves expenditures. 

9. Tracks and reports on progress of complex communications initiatives, including web analytics.  Develops metrics of success for the GRP communications effort.

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