Feb 09, 2020

Science and Communications Manager

  • Children's National Medical Center
  • Washington, DC, USA

Job Description

Science and Communications Manager - (200000EJ)


This position will directly work with the Director of the Center for the Developing Brain, in the management and formulation of scientific concepts, discussion, and development of novel research ideas to a broad audience, assist in writing research grants, as well as thoroughly reviewing grant application guidelines and overseeing the grant management process. Topics of the grants/research cover a wide spectrum of science, health and technology areas as well as commercialization plans for grant proposals. Successful candidate will have the opportunity to make impactful contributions in a fast-paced and dynamic research environment at the cutting edge of clinical research during pregnancy and postnatally. This is an ideal position for a highly motivated individual who thrives by taking the initiative to apply both scientific and communication skills in an intellectually stimulating, collaborative, and social environment. Success will involve collaboration with marketing vendors, product managers, scientific researchers and software developers and community and advocacy groups.


Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree- Required
Master's Degree

Minimum Work Experience
8 years- minimum of direct experience in developing grants and scientific writing (Required)
Experience in project management, managing large writing projects with multiple authors and several rounds or revision and feedback or previous experience in a health-related academic/research setting; specific experience/exposure to clinical trial research (Preferred)

Required Skills/Knowledge
Able to push science from “good” to “great” at project stages from inception to publication and beyond
Exceptional writer with a strong science background who can deliver clear, accurate, and compelling pieces
Adept at gathering information through interviews and enjoys engaging in discussions with researchers and other internal and external stakeholders ;
Able to thrive in a dynamic environment with multiple overlapping and shifting objectives
Knowledge and experience in writing and submitting high-level grants and proposals
Ability to interpret and communicate clinical terminology, research data and statistical language for multiple audiences
High level of computer literacy, including proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, online databases and search engines, and reference management software (e.g., EndNote)
High level of experience and expertise in conducting and summarizing academic literature reviews using a variety of databases (e.g., PubMed, Medline, EMBASE, etc.)
Self-directed with excellent writing, copy editing, analytical, critical thinking and research skills
Ability to prioritize, multi-task and problem-solve in a fast-paced environment, and effectively manage urgent and long-term deadlines
Excellent ability to work and learn independently with minimal supervision required, as well as collaborate well as part of a larger team
Excellent stakeholder relation skills, with a sense of diplomacy
Excellent organizational skills and record keeping
Willing to be in a dynamic working environment that involves advanced and evolving research where constant learning is needed. Strong interest to become knowledgeable, through self-studying, on topics that are beyond her/his background.
Ability to analyze and solve problems with innovative, creative solutions
Demonstrates creativity and innovation in their work to benefit their customers/end users.
Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
Knowledge and experience in medically focused writing projects such as clinical guidelines and/or pathways preferred

Functional Accountabilities

Formulation and Management of Novel Research Ideas
1. Works closely with investigators to generate and develop novel ideas associating various advanced clinical concepts and covert these concepts into written documentation;
1. Explores, elaborates and proposes innovative feasible ideas and concepts;
1. Conducts extensive literature reviews on relevant advanced topics
7. Conceptualizes research, conducts interviews and writes various communication materials for different audiences
1. Assist in editing major scientific manuscripts, reviews, formal correspondence, and other key scientific documents
2. Clearly and persuasively communicates scientific research and clinical concepts in writing;
1. Ensure that work products conform to formatting and internal/external policy/regulatory requirements, are free of errors, and that scientific ideas are presented clearly, accurately, and persuasively;

Commercializes Plans
4. Conduct prospect research to investigate potential funding mechanisms and sources directly related to the vision of the Center for the Developing Brain;
3. Help researchers translate laboratory results into manuscript format and propel them to publication;
2. Prioritizes and manages several projects with various authors and reviewers at one time, while ensuring timely and accurate submission of all materials;
4. Manages research projects as required to meet submission deadlines;
1. Confer with customer representatives, vendors, plant executives, or publisher to establish technical specifications and to determine subject material to be developed for publication.
6. Writes and communicates information of a highly complex nature in a clear, precise, and compelling way through grants and presentations;
7. Creates and use tools to measure and monitor the effectiveness of written and oral communication initiatives
8. Develops communication vehicles and methods to build community, e.g. websites, e-newsletters, medical news tidbits pushed to cell phones, etc
9. Develop, propose, and implement open science and intellectual property protection strategies, including the management and oversight of patents, copyrights, and trademarks.
1. Work with content writers to ensure page copy , descriptions and titles are optimized for search.
1. Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.
1. Draw sketches to illustrate specified materials or assembly sequence.
1. Study drawings, specifications, mockups, and product samples to integrate and delineate technology, operating procedure, and production sequence and detail.
1. Collaborate with graphic artists, editors and writers to produce master copies according to design specifications.
1. Review published materials and recommend revisions or changes in scope, format, content, and methods of reproduction and binding.
1. Develop or maintain online help documentation.
1. Oversee all communications within specifically assigned territories.

Oversees Grant Management Process
1. Assist in planning, writing, editing, and submission of grants, proposals and progress reports for federal, industrial, and philanthropic funding;
2. Analyze and interpret research results and the scientific literature in connection with writing or editing high-quality grant proposal narratives, grant reports, letters of recommendation, fellowship applications, etc.;
3. Develops scientific grant proposals, applications and related documents (e.g., letters, budgets, reference lists, appendices, curriculum vitaes) according to specific institutional guidelines (e.g., NIH, DoD, Foundation Grants, March of Dimes, etc.);
4. Manages various aspects of grant applications, including reviewing funding guidelines and regulations;

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility

Primary Location

: District of Columbia-Washington

Work Locations

: Sheikh Zayed Campus 111 Michigan Avenue Washington 20010


: Non-Clinical Professional


: COE Hospital-Based SpecliatiesRegular / Temporary: R (Regular)Position Status: FT - Full-TimeShift: DayWork Schedule: M-F

Job Posting

: Feb 5, 2020, 3:08:14 PM