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Manager, Communications

Sabin Vaccine Institute


The Communications Manager is responsible for project management, regular promotion of Sabin and its programs, and developing and managing the editorial calendar. Under the leadership of the VP of Communications, the Communications Manager will also develop and manage project budgets and staff/resource allocations.

Management and Timelines

  • Supervise and mentor direct reports, supporting skills, and professional development
  • Assist in regular assessment of Communications Team workloads, adjusting resources, and sourcing and managing vendors/freelancers as needed
  • Ensure communications projects are delivered in accordance with timelines and within budget
  • Recruit and manage interns
  • Assist in the development and implementation of onboarding plans for new staff and interns
  • Manage vendor contracts and payments

Editorial Planning and Review

  • Develop and manage the editorial calendar of communications-related activities across Sabin for the year ahead, including publications, project and organizational milestones, events, and global health days
  • Review and edit written content produced by Communications Team, program teams, and leadership for accuracy, writing quality, organizational messaging and conformity to A.P. Style
  • Circulate written content for the team and executive review and incorporate feedback from multiple editors

Digital and Web

  • Manage Sabin’s websites, including overseeing website vendors, to implement all back-end updates and administrative functions of web and social platforms, and all other supportive technologies
  • Oversee metrics and analysis of social campaigns and websites; regularly provide recommended adjustments based on analytics
  • Keep sites refreshed with regular content and blog posts addressing the full range of Sabin’s topic areas

Programs and Events/Conferences

  • Regularly meet with program teams to discuss upcoming events, projects, and publications to identify opportunities and develop a communications strategy
  • Develop and update key messaging for Sabin programs in collaboration with program teams
  • In coordination with Manager of Meetings and Events, determine communications needs for Sabin-hosted and outside events

Executive and Sabin Promotion

  • Work with Sabin teams to write, produce and promote the annual report
  • Identify opportunities to promote Sabin leadership and secure relevant speaking, social media, networking or writing opportunities; assess speaker needs and provide all supportive communications
  • Provide final edit and review of all external promotional materials
  • Ensure consistent application of Sabin’s branding standards
  • Other related duties, as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as communications, marketing, public health, journalism, English, public relations; Master’s degree in a related field preferred
  • Minimum 7 years relevant professional experience
  • Prior management and supervisory experience required
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrated experience running integrated online campaigns, including email, website, blogs, and social media required
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including use of project management software required
  • Exceptional writing skills with an ability to distill complex issues into compelling messaging targeting a variety of audiences
  • Familiarity with A.P. Style a plus
  • Some experience with HTML, digital asset creation and archiving required
  • Proven experience as an active social media participant with demonstrated ability to engage stakeholders and partners
  • Skill in tracking and analyzing digital metrics to measure communications performance required
  • Experience in researching, reading and distilling scientific information a plus

Why Sabin:
Our mission is to make vaccines more accessible, enable innovation and expand immunization across the globe. We seek a future free from vaccine-preventable diseases. We are an innovative, collaborative and engaged team that values accountability, teamwork, partnership and driving impact. We are vaccine champions improving lives through immunization. Sabin staff, management and Board of Trustees are committed to developing a diverse, equitable and inclusive team.


District Of Columbia
2175 K Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20037
Health/Human Services
$70,000 to $90,000
Posted on:
April 22, 2021

How to Apply

To be considered, please submit your cover letter, writing sample and resume via e-mail to jobs@sabin.org. Please be sure to reference “Manager, Communications” in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Your cover letter should: 1) address the reasons for your interest in this position; 2) describe your unique knowledge, skills and experience that you would bring to the role; and, 3) describe your experience in developing a high performance team. No phone calls, please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Sabin Vaccine Institute has a generous benefits package (see https://www.sabin.org/careers/employee-benefits).
Sabin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or genetic information, sex (including gender identity, pregnancy or sexual orientation), marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.