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Communications Coordinator

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Communications Coordinator [Specialist] will[oversee | be responsible for | coordinate] the smooth operation and expansion of CGS’s comprehensive communications program. They will work with the CGS team to build and expand our organizational communications strategy, whose elements include a broad range of conventional media, social media, and web-based activities for multiple audiences, aimed at achieving high-level visibility and impact of CGS’s programs and perspectives. The Communications Coordinator will report to the Executive Director.

ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE

  • Coordinate CGS news-gathering and posting routines
  • Track and coordinate analysis of media coverage on CGS issues
  • Develop, with the CGS team, short and long term organizational, program, and campaign messaging strategy and media efforts
  • Coordinate CGS media relations: maintain and develop media contacts; track and analyze media contacts and interactions; interact with reporters, editors, and producers as appropriate
  • Write press statements, blog posts, and op-eds
  • Plan and execute social media activities
  • Coordinate strategic and creative use of organizational content : the CGS website, email newsletter, associated e-media, multimedia, series of online conversations and interviews, and publications
  • Coordinate writing, editing, designing, and producing CGS organizational and program materials: reports, web pages, event and collateral materials, briefing kits, PowerPoint presentations, videos and podcasts, etc.
  • Work closely with CGS staff, interns, fellows, consultants, and partners on event organization and to support campaigns and policy efforts through online and traditional media; with the Director of Finance and Administration on implementing CGS’s new website; and with the Executive Director on other tasks as requested
  • Supervise interns / staff associates on communications projects

IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Passion for CGS’s mission and goals, and commitment to social justice and the public interest
  • Strong interest in the social, political, and policy implications of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies
  • Demonstrated experience and superior skills in research, writing, and editing, including published articles and/or blog posts, and in presentation and interpersonal communications
  • Experience with media strategy and media relations
  • Experienced user of social media, analytics, and emerging social media outlets/channels
  • Experience with basic HTML, SEO, user experience, graphic design, and producing multimedia
  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree preferred

This is a non-exempt position. CGS offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

The physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions.

While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to work on their respective computer workstation. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, or crouch. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

While performing the responsibilities of the job, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the job holder will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to high volumes of photocopying and printing. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

The Center for Genetics and Society, a project of Tides Center, is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to jobs@geneticsandsociety.org, with the job title in the subject line.

Only candidates invited to interview will be contacted.


Campaign Director

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Campaign Director will oversee the planning and implementation of CGS’s campaign against the creation of genetically modified humans (via the use of genome editing tools like CRISPR for human reproduction) and ensure that human biotechnologies are used for beneficial purposes. The campaign aims to foster collaboration among allied individuals and organizations; raise awareness among the public, media, policy makers, and civil society; and influence state, national and international policy. Campaign elements will include online and in-person briefings and events for a wide range of audience types and sizes; traditional and social media efforts; production of campaign materials; and participation in policy processes. As a key member of the CGS team, the Campaign Directorwill work with staff, fellows, consultants, interns, and colleagues, and report to the Executive Director. For information on the current controversy about human gene editing for reproduction, please see www.geneticsandsociety.org/article.php?id=9618.

ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE

  • Strategize, plan and organize online and in-person events, including briefings, webinars, and meetings
  • Develop and deliver presentations for a range of audience sizes and types
  • Represent CGS and its perspectives to the media, in policy venues, at meetings, public events , etc.
  • Write op-eds, commentaries, blog posts, press statements, and related materials
  • Plan and implement campaign materials such as fact sheets, white papers, and briefing memos
  • Monitor and analyze relevant technological, policy (state, national, international, and organizational), political, social, and cultural developments
  • Build and strengthen relationships with individual and organizational allies in civil society sectors (including racial justice, reproductive health and justice, LGBTQI rights, disability rights, human rights, environmental justice), and with scholars, scientists, and professionals working on issues related to the social implications of human biotechnologies
  • Work with the Executive Director and other CGS personnel, and in consultation with key colleagues, to further develop campaign strategy and timeline
  • Supervise interns / staff associates

IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Passion for the mission and goals of CGS and the campaign against human gene editing for reproduction
  • Commitment to social justice and the public interest
  • Familiarity with or strong interest in the social and policy implications of human genetic technologies and assisted reproductive technologies, especially human gene editing for reproduction
  • Demonstrated experience and strong skills in monitoring and responding to policy developments; presentation and interpersonal communications; research, writing, and editing
  • Strong leadership skills; aptitude for addressing cutting-edge complex political and intellectual challenges, and for strategic thinking about translating new challenges into campaign activities
  • Experience in developing and managing programs / campaigns in the public interest sector
  • Ability to work with a fast-paced team and to collaborate across organizations; to develop relationships with key scholars and advocates in social justice and public interest fields; to take initiative; and to manage multiple priorities
  • Willingness to do some state, national, and international travel
  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree preferred

This is an exempt position. CGS offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

The physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions.

While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to work on their respective computer workstation. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, or crouch. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

While performing the responsibilities of the job, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the job holder will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to high volumes of photocopying and printing. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

The Center for Genetics and Society, a project of Tides Center, is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to jobs@geneticsandsociety.org, with the job title in the subject line.

Only candidates invited to interview will be contacted.


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