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Senior Advisor, Communications

PCORI Washington, DC
  • Expired: August 29, 2019. Applications are no longer accepted.
Department: Communications
Reports to: Director, Communications

Position Summary

The Senior Advisor for Communications (hereafter, Senior Advisor) is a key member of the leadership of PCORI's Engagement, Dissemination and Implementation, and Communications team, reporting to the Director of Communications and working in close cooperation with colleagues including Program Directors in PCORI's Engagement, Dissemination and Implementation, Public Policy and Government Relations, and Science teams. The Senior Advisor is a leader in the communications field, with broad knowledge of corporate and strategic communications, meeting and event organization and management, scientific communications, and familiar with research, preferably comparative clinical effectiveness research. Further, the Senior Advisor has substantial experience and familiarity with the areas of dissemination of evidence, public and patient engagement, scientific publishing, and public policy and government relations. The Senior Advisor will provide expert advice and counsel on strategic deployment of selected communications activities, particularly those related to supporting PCORI's stakeholder engagement, research information product, and evidence dissemination and implementation initiatives. The Senior Advisor will work closely with the Directors of Communication, Public Policy and Government Relations, Public and Patient Engagement, Engagement Awards, and Dissemination and Implementation to complement and support their work to promote PCORI, its work, and mission. The incumbent is responsible for collaborating with Program Directors and Associate Directors as they establish and maintain innovative approaches to providing, facilitating, and creating opportunities to enhance the communication of PCORI activities. The position is located in Washington, DC.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and guidance regarding the development and execution of strategic and ongoing communications activities and programs
  • Serve as a consultant to the Director of Communications and Associate Directors within the Communications team on activities to promote and extend awareness and understanding of PCORI's mission, priorities, funding, and direction
  • Oversee the planning and execution of the PCORI Annual Meeting
  • Function as part of the senior leadership team of the Engagement, Dissemination and Implementation, and Communications Department and help to set, refine and meet strategic goals and outcomes consistent with the direction of the Board of Governors and PCORI's authorizing law
  • Provide strategic collaboration and advice across PCORI in the design and evaluation of major communications activities:
    • Collaborates and advises around digital media activities
    • Collaborates and provides strategic advice around engagement with mass media, including print, radio, television, and web outlets
    • Collaborates and provides strategic advice around content and development of PCORI collateral, including, but not limited to, drafting and editing blogs, fact sheets, web content, and op-eds
    • Speaks internally and externally to provide a broad perspective on PCORI's mission, priorities, funding, and direction, as well as regarding the activities of the Communications team

Incumbent(s) in this position may be required to perform other duties and special assignments not specifically stated above.

Statements outlined in this section are designated as essential job functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Required Skills

  • Broad communications expertise covering all areas of an organizational communications program
  • Well-developed skills and understanding of extramural research funding agency processes
  • Familiarity with research and evaluation methods
  • Deep understanding of the healthcare stakeholder landscape, including perspectives and preferred contextual communications styles of the clinician, payer, purchaser, policy and patient communities (including consumers, patients' family members, caregivers, and patient advocates)
  • Extensive experience in communication of sensitive and complex information
  • Extensive experience engaging with lay and scientific media/journalists across a variety of formats (print, digital, television)
  • Extensive experience planning, developing, and executing large organizational events, such as annual meetings or conferences
  • Extensive experience and comfort with digital media, including web site development, blogs, vlogs, video, audio, and social media
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Ability to see the big picture, balance priorities and remain flexible in a high-visibility environment
  • Creative and innovative self-starter with close attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively across multiple programs
  • Excellent negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and speaking skills
  • Experience working with or managing governing boards and committees
  • Strong computer skills, including thorough familiarity with PowerPoint, Word, Excel and related business and communications products and tools

Required Experience
  • Bachelor's degree required; specialization in communications, journalism, marketing, or other relevant field strongly preferred. Master's degree a plus
  • Minimum 15+ years of progressive experience in strategic communications, including at least five years managerial experience, in a corporate, non-profit, or government setting
  • Advanced training in communications, especially in communications strategy and mission-focused messaging
  • Demonstrated progressive experience working in complex organizations
  • Demonstrated progressive experience working with researchers, clinicians and other end-users of research



Washington, DC
20036 USA