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Director of Communications - Communications & Network Engagement

JOB TITLE:  Director of Communications           

DEPARTMENT: Communications & Network Engagement

REPORTS TO:  Senior Vice President, Communications & Network Engagement 


In this role, you will lead the Academy’s communications activities, including strategy and planning, media relations, creation of programmatic collateral, development and maintenance of partner relationships, and serving as Executive Editor of The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine. You will manage a team focused on growing the Academy’s reputation and visibility through a variety of activities that support and promote its brand. This is an excellent opportunity for a seasoned, energetic, and strategic communications professional to play an integral role in leading a 200-year-old heritage brand into its third century.   


Strategy and Planning

  • Create and execute short- and long-term communications plans for each of the Academy’s key institutes and programs, including the Global STEM Alliance (GSA), Frontiers of Science, and Science Alliance programs, as well as for grants through external organizations.
  • In concert with the Social & Digital Content Strategist, lead the Academy’s cross-departmental Editorial Planning Group to align content marketing and communications efforts with organizational business goals and messaging.
  • Serve as the communications lead on major organizational activities such as the Academy’s annual fundraising Gala, Annual Members Meeting and GSA Summit.
  • Provide strategic counsel for program teams as needed to support partnerships; provide crisis management counseling when required.

Content Production

  • Serve as executive editor of The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine—the organization’s semi-annual outreach publication for its global Membership of over 20,000.
  • Conceptualize magazine themes to align with Academy activities, Member Engagement, and business goals. Oversee article acquisitions, edit submissions, and manage freelance writers, graphic designer, and print and mailing vendors.
  • Manage the production of communications collateral across the Academy.

Media Relations

  • Proactively pitch both niche and mainstream media for a wide variety of key Academy programs.
  • Manage all incoming press requests, utilizing superior judgement.

Thought Leadership

  • Work closely with executive leadership (CEO, COO, SVPs) to seek new thought leadership opportunities such as external speaking opportunities, Op-eds and Opinion placements, and support these activities with the development of talking points, articles, PPTs, etc.


Lead a team of two in-house communications staff members, including a communications manager, and a content development specialist, as well as dotted line supervisory responsibility for a communications manager assigned to the Blavatnik Awards team.  In addition, the Director manages the Academy relationship with external communications-related consultants and vendors.


  • Bachelors' degree required.
  • 7–10 Years of communications experience.
  • Superior writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to undertake both short-term and long-term communications planning.
  • Strong self-motivation and an ability to shepherd complex projects from start to finish.
  • High comfort level working with executive leadership, and both internal and external partners to achieve goals.
  • Experience working with media and attaining media coverage. Media contacts in science or related field a definite plus.
  • Experience managing vendors, including public relations firms and other consultants.
  • Ability to manage a team with a focus on achieving departmental goals, as well as fostering professional growth and development in staff members.
  • Flexibility and a positive, can-do attitude in the face of new challenges.
  • Agency experience preferred.


The Academy operates during standard business hours Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Standard work week is 35 hours, unless otherwise noted.


This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, etc. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some movement is required. Examples world be lifting files, opening filling cabinets and bending or standing as necessary.


The New York Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer, adhering to the laws which prohibit discrimination in the terms, conditions and privileges of employment.  Academy policy expressly prohibits discrimination in employment because of any legally impermissible classification, including but not limited to actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Equal Opportunity and equal consideration will be afforded to all personnel actions involving applicants and employees, including (but not limited to) recruiting and hiring, selection for training, promotion, job assignments, working conditions, rates of pay or other compensation, discipline, transfer and layoff, or termination.


Applications must include a resume, cover letter and salary requirements.

We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package to both full-time and part-time staff that includes affordable health care insurance, tuition reimbursement, retirement plan, and liberal vacation time and holiday schedule.