The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) was established in 1933 by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. The goals of SRCD are to advance interdisciplinary research in child development and to foster the dissemination and application of research findings. Its membership of more than 5,700 scientists is representative of the various disciplines and professions that contribute to knowledge about child development. SRCD publishes several journals, including the premier journal in the field, Child Development. It hosts a biennial meeting, off-year special topic meetings, institutes, and workshops and supports a vibrant Policy Fellows program with both Federal and State placements.
SRCD is seeking a Director of Communications and Marketing to implement, manage and evaluate the communication efforts of the Society. The Director of Communications and Marketing will work alongside the Society’s leadership, including the scientific affairs, policy, meetings, and membership management teams, to develop and implement vibrant new integrated communication and marketing plan, to strengthen both dissemination of information among society members and media awareness of the research activities of the Society and its members.
The position requires an individual who can balance strategic thinking with tactical implementation while managing a team and coordinating with others. The Director of Communications and Marketing will support member engagement activities (e.g., posting information of interest, highlighting Society initiatives and member opportunities) and coordinate external communications (e.g., media relations, public relations, event publicity), and should have an interest in promoting research on an infant, child, and adolescent development.
Duties and Responsibilities
Oversee the development and implementation of SRCD’s integrated communications and marketing plan
Manage a communications team of two staff members and assess the team through ongoing performance management
Work with the Executive Director to establish goals/metrics, monitor benchmarks, and report on efforts to foster both member and public engagement
Coordinate with scientific affairs and policy teams to identify and develop content for dissemination to members, press, and policymakers
Manage the dissemination of messages to ensure they are coherent, consistent, and effective
Oversee maintenance of platforms for information dissemination within the membership across career stages
Supervise media relations staff who build and develop long-term working relationships with targeted journalists and communications partners, as well as respond to media requests and train member researchers to interact with media and facilitate interviews as needed
Identify and shape timely opportunities that leverage SRCD into the national spotlight
Innovate using the latest technologies, trends, and best practices in social/traditional media outreach
Optimize biennial and other event marketing to target segments of the developmental science community
Review and approve media-related materials, including ghostwritten articles for leadership
Regularly consider latest trends and creative ideas from the team and leverage their skill sets
Qualifications and Skills
Master’s degree in communications or related field strongly preferred
Minimum ten years of experience in strategic marketing, communications, public relations, or related field
Experience and interest in developmental science research
Firm understanding of social media and digital marketing
Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and organizational skills
Ability to contribute to a strong team-based environment
Familiarity with Cision and other media monitoring tools and resources
Objective-oriented with attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
Experience creating, segmenting, and optimizing content across relevant channels to audiences
Experience promoting scholarly research to target audiences
Experience working with international media markets preferred
The Society is a multidisciplinary, not-for-profit, professional association with a membership of approximately 5,500 researchers, practitioners, and human development professionals from over 50 countries. The purposes of the Society are to promote multidisciplinary research in the field of human development, to foster the exchange of information among scientists and other professionals of various disciplines, and to encourage applications of research findings. Our goals are pursued through a variety of programs with the cooperation and service of our governing council, standing committees, and members.