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We’re Hiring!

We are seeking an experienced writer, editor, and communications professional to join the Rita Allen team.

Position Opening

The Rita Allen Foundation is a venture philanthropy organization that enables early-career biomedical scholars to do pioneering research, seeds innovative approaches to fostering informed civic engagement, and develops knowledge and networks to build the effectiveness of the philanthropic sector. 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 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. 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 particular attention to building relationships and shared learning with partners relevant to a given issue and in the broader philanthropy, science, civic science, 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.
  • 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 needed, as well as manage content creation and review by internal staff.
  • Track news from our network and fields, curating and summarizing selections to help keep internal and external audiences 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 7+ 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 or CV, to amy@chaloner.com and indicate “Communications Position” in the subject line.

The starting salary range for this full-time, 35-hour-per-week position is $90,000–$140,000, depending on experience level. 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 partial remote-working arrangement is possible for this position. We anticipate a minimum of one day a week in the office, as well as additional in person attendance at other meetings and events.

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.