Rita Allen Foundation - Communications Lead


Princeton, NJ, USA Remote

Full time

$120-140k (annually)

Marketing, Communications + Public Relations


Jan 31

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The Rita Allen Foundation is a venture philanthropy organization that supports early-career biomedical scholars doing pioneering research and seeds innovative approaches to fostering informed civic engagement. We support discoveries in their earliest stages that will ultimately improve human health, democracy, and understanding. We seek out curiosity, collaboration, leadership, and courage, knowing that the first steps in solving complex problems are steps into the unknown—and they are rarely taken alone.

Over recent years we have built investments, research, and coalitions in civic science—fostering new connections between science and diverse communities. Our partners include pioneering scientists and civic science leaders, renowned national organizations and emerging startups advancing positive social change, and networks of influential peer funders. Together, we work to collaboratively support inclusive scientific and civic ecosystems where discovery and the public good can thrive. 

We are seeking a versatile writer, editor, and communications professional with an aptitude and interest in science to join our entrepreneurial, mission-driven organization. In addition to creating communications that advance our work every day, you will help map content strategies to engage high-priority audiences on emerging areas of exploration, and you will interface with our grant partners and collaborators to tell the story of our work. Communications serves a central role at the Foundation in advancing shared learning in our networks, celebrating excellence and ingenuity, and building collaborations that help our resources create greater impact. The Communications lead at Rita Allen therefore works at the nexus of communication and program strategy—a critical role in our agile and highly effective small team. This position reports to the President and CEO of the Rita Allen Foundation. 

What You’ll Do

In collaboration with colleagues, you will design and create communications to build awareness and energy around the Rita Allen Foundation’s work and ideas relevant to current and future collaborations. As key elements of the position, you will:  

  • Develop and implement strategic communications plans for the Foundation and its initiatives in collaboration with the President and CEO and other team members, with attention to building relationships and shared learning with partners in the science, civic science, philanthropy, and social sectors. 
  • Write and curate content across traditional and digital platforms to engage the Foundation’s growing network of leaders in science, philanthropy, and civic science around stories and ideas of shared interest, amplifying voices from our network and the Foundation’s work. Topics covered may include, for example, a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar’s pioneering cancer research; new findings on reducing the influence of misinformation; or cross-sector efforts to strengthen connections between science and diverse communities.
  • Collaborate with the CEO and the Rita Allen team to create strategic correspondence and event talking points driven by ideas in philanthropy and our fields of investment and brought to life by stories of emerging leaders, pilot efforts, and learning communities within our network.
  • Oversee, manage, edit, and update the Rita Allen Foundation’s digital presence—including its website, online content, and newsletters—developing an overall vision and plan, gathering and creating written and visual content, producing multimedia elements, and posting and disseminating content using WordPress, Mailchimp, and other platforms. 
  • Manage freelance writers and designers and our external web development team, as well as manage content creation and review by internal staff. 
  • Track news from our network and fields, curating and summarizing selections to help internal and external audiences stay abreast of relevant developments in the context of underlying themes.
  • Assess communications needs and preferences of different priority audiences, and strategize to deliver on them within our capacity, creating efficiencies when possible. 
  • Help expand and strengthen the Foundation’s network, including assisting with communicating to the press and public and serving as a communications contact for the organizations we work with. 
  • Contribute to researching, synthesizing, and communicating about topics related to the context of our work and potential future partnerships.

Skills and Attributes

We are seeking an experienced communications professional with 5+ years of demonstrated professional excellence in writing, editing, content strategy, project management, and press relations as part of a mission-driven team. In particular, we are looking for: 

  • A clear and compelling writer, able to tell a good story and address complex topics with crisp prose.
  • Excellent news sense, with the ability to sift through incoming material from a number of networks and pull out what’s important to the Foundation and our constituents.
  • Demonstrated skills in project management, with the ability to deliver final materials on deadline, as well as plan and communicate adjustments if conflicting priorities arise. 
  • Meticulous attention to detail, with expertise in proofreading and fact-checking, as well as editing for clarity and accessibility. 
  • Experience effectively engaging diverse audiences, drawing on excellent overall cultural awareness. In particular, we value awareness of issues and communication styles in scientific and academic communities, journalism, the social sector, and underrepresented and underserved communities. 
  • Fluency in working in collaboration with a diverse mix of people, embracing an iterative process of content creation and advancing projects with enthusiasm for working in partnership with others. 
  • Keen interest in developments in biomedical science, civic engagement, philanthropy, and public engagement with science and evidence.  

To Apply

Please send a cover letter describing your interest in this position, plus a resume to amy@chaloner.com and indicate “Communications Lead-RAF” in the subject line. Chaloner will review all applicants and, upon qualification, contact you to determine next steps.

The starting salary range for this full-time position is $120,000–$140,000, depending on experience. We also offer a highly competitive benefits package, including health, dental, and life insurance; a defined-contribution retirement plan; and a generous paid-time-off program.

Our office is located in downtown Princeton, New Jersey, though Rita Allen staff are currently working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. When it is safe to return to in-person work, a hybrid working arrangement is possible for this position. A fully remote working arrangement for non-local candidates is also possible. 

We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. The Rita Allen Foundation is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation or expression, gender, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, military status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established under law. All individuals are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

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