Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Location: Washington, DC

Position Summary:

The Vice President of Communications (VP) is the senior advisor for Sabin’s communications initiatives.  He/she will be responsible for planning and executing communications, digital media, marketing and public relations strategies.  The VP will be responsible for devising and spearheading the launch of a multi-faceted communications strategy and a targeted communications campaign for Sabin’s new influenza vaccine leadership initiative.  The VP will be a strategic thinker that thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment that requires flexibility and a capacity to adapt quickly to change.  He/she will have experience leveraging corporate communications expertise in a social entrepreneurial environment and the ability to apply effective business techniques to develop, fund, implement and measure the impact of Sabin’s programs.  The VP will lead a dynamic communications team focused on planning, directing and implementing a comprehensive strategy that elevates awareness of Sabin’s mission and programs on an international scope.  The incumbent will possess the proven ability to inspire and motivate internal and external parties and will function as the subject-matter expert for all of Sabin’s outreach activities.


  • Provide high level strategic guidance to strengthen the organization’s brand and monitor brand loyalty across all organizational communications, editorial and design services, digital content, social media and publicly-facing materials
  • Lead the establishment of communications policies, protocols and procedures and promote work with cross-functional team leaders to develop new communications programs and initiatives
  • Manage and develop relationships with champions and media, and leverage these relationships to optimize and significantly increase Sabin’s visibility and its outcomes via all promotional channels
  • Implement widespread coverage for targeted programs via workshops, in op-eds, through earned media and on social media
  • Supervise implementation of new program initiatives, including the new influenza leadership initiative launching in 2018, which includes directing all media, digital communications and technology support; creative development; corporate partnership and thought leader engagement activities; and, coordinating with Sabin’s Policy, Resource Development and programs teams, as well as external partners, to achieve objectives
  • Oversee communications efforts including writing, assigning, editing and distributing media materials; development of advocacy materials; and, production of videos and other collateral for internal and external audiences
  • Provide strategic oversight and guidance on the implementation and maintenance of Sabin’s websites and social media platforms
  • Support Sabin’s fundraising efforts through the development of promotional materials and providing messaging support
  • Build, manage and mentor the Communications team
  • Ensure all communications services are coordinated in support of Sabin’s strategic objectives
  • Work cross-departmentally with project leaders, management and staff to translate strategies to actionable communications roadmaps
  • Supervise management of external communications vendor relationships on behalf of all Sabin programs
  • Other related duties, as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Journalism, Communications or related discipline; Advanced degree preferred
  • 12+ years relevant experience and leadership in managing strategic communications, media relations and public relations, preferably in a healthcare-related field, preferably with both domestic and international experience
  • Seasoned corporate communications/PR expertise and the ability to interpret emerging trends, transfer knowledge to peer executives and implement as appropriate to enable continued achievement of the organization’s vision
  • Experience working in grant-funded, mission-driven environment preferred; experience working in highly technical, scientific and/or health environment highly desired
  • Significant experience developing and executing multi-channel strategic communications plans
  • Well established media relationships and the ability to build additional media, social media, industry and other relationships on Sabin’s behalf
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication and presentation skills, including ability to distill complex, highly technical issues into compelling communications
  • Proven fiscal and people management experience
  • Ability to operate with purpose, urgency and accuracy in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment
  • Demonstrated success securing high level cross functional collaboration; ability to establish leadership credibility and inspire teams to achieve common goals
  • Big picture/strategic thinker with the ability to execute flawlessly
  • Strong business acumen/sensitivity; thinks holistically and incorporates overall company objectives in developing team strategy and decisions
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and ability to adapt to a dynamic environment
  • Must be able to travel, as needed, and work effectively with people of diverse background and cultures

How to Apply:

To be considered, please submit your cover letter and resume via e-mail to, fax to 202-842-7689 or mail to HR Manager, Sabin Vaccine Institute, 2175 K Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20037.  Please be sure to reference “Vice President, Communications” in the subject line.  Your cover letter should: (1) address the reasons for your interest in this position; and, (2) describe the knowledge, skills, and abilities you would bring the Sabin Vaccine Institute.  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.

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.