Communications Associate

Communications Associate

Join the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) ( and become a leader at one of the premier non-profit organizations in the biomedical research field.  FNIH works to accelerate research by forging powerful public-private partnerships among the NIH and leading public and private sector institutions, including cutting-edge initiatives such as the Biomarkers Consortium and the Accelerating Medicines Partnership.

Job Description:

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) seeks a Communications Associate (CA) to enhance its talented team of communicators working to raise awareness about the FNIH and its programs, training initiatives and events. The CA will be specifically responsible for developing strategic plans and content creation for FNIH’s digital platforms, including social media, email marketing and its website. This individual will also assist generally with generating strategies and content for FNIH programs, as well as conduct stakeholder outreach and thus may be called upon to assist with projects outside of his or her main duties as necessary and appropriate. Reporting to the Director of Communications, the CA will work closely with the Communications Officer and other program and administrative staff at the FNIH in a team environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as Communications team lead on the FNIH’s digital platforms, including its website, social media channels and email marketing platform.
  • Develop, implement and manage social media content plans for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, including drafting posts, working closely with the FNIH Communications team and program staff. 
  • Source and create graphics/visuals/videos for FNIH digital platforms (using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Spark or Canva) as well as oversee vendors to develop social graphics and videos.
  • Manage social media campaigns, including paid advertising, and track and report results to be shared with leadership.
  • Maintain digital archive of FNIH photos and other visual assets for use in promotional materials.
  • Monitor FNIH social platforms on a regular basis (using Hootsuite) and recommend when to retweet and share when appropriate. Additionally, monitor and report any negative feedback on social media channels and work closely with the communications team to develop and execute an appropriate response strategy.
  • Coordinate with Development and Communications Systems Officer to analyze digital traffic and recommend changes to current strategies.
  • Draft content for and update the FNIH website as needed and coordinate with the contractor on website maintenance.
  • Serve as the project manager to launch a new e-newsletter for the FNIH and lead efforts to maintain the e-newsletter going forward.
  • Continuously research and share best practices in digital media and monitor how partners and competitors are using digital channels.
  • Assist Communications Officer and Director of Communications, as necessary, to develop content for FNIH programs and activities—including media materials, e-blasts, speaking remarks, etc.—on various platforms.
  • Process invoices for the department and handle other administrative tasks as necessary.
  • Work effectively with other FNIH staff and with NIH representatives to support the overall FNIH communications strategy and activities.

Ideal Qualifications:

  • A minimum of one year of communications experience and a Bachelor’s degree in communications or other relevant field(s);
  • Focused and motivated self-starter, able to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Excellent writing, design and editing skills;
  • A working knowledge of social media, email marketing and website design principles and web editing skills;
  • Experience working on multiple projects with deadline pressures and competing priorities;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other relevant tools;  Experience with Drupal (or other content management systems) and familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and/or Canva are considered a plus.

How to Apply

If you are ready to pursue a rewarding career to advance biomedical science, send your resume and cover letter to, with the job title and "WS" included in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

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