Reports to: Director of Research, VAD
Location: Office in Washington, DC; Option to Work Remotely in US Only
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 are committed to developing a diverse, equitable and inclusive team.
A central objective of Sabin’s Vaccine Acceptance & Demand (VAD) program is the translation of knowledge into action. This position’s primary responsibilities will include the synthesis of findings and insights from the VAD program’s research and knowledge-generating activities (VAD Knowledge workstream) to inform a range of written and presentation materials for reporting and dissemination among key research, policy and practice stakeholders (VAD Influence). The Manager/Senior Manager, Knowledge Translation will work closely with the Director of Research, VAD and other VAD team members to organize and lead the development of content for external publications, Sabin’s virtual and social media platforms, and resources to inform Sabin’s vaccination networks, partnerships, and communities of practice. The Senior Manager/Manager will liaise with and provide support Sabin’s Communications team on technical content matters. The incumbent will have an advanced degree in a relevant scientific field, demonstrated experience in technical writing, and project management skills.
Technical Writing and Communications
- Proactively collaborate with team members to establish a knowledge translation agenda for Sabin, including establishment of goals, objectives and workplan for key content deliverables
- Lead in the development of creative and effective methods to promote research-informed lessons learned from both Sabin-wide, global research and programmatic investments to inform global health policy advocacy agendas
- Collect, compile and analyze/synthesize program and related activity to lead and support the development of key materials for the implementation science and practice communities
- Produce meaningful written outputs (e.g., white papers, briefs, memos, reports, narratives, opinion pieces, handouts, brochures) across VAD to promote new knowledge about vaccination acceptance and inform programs and policy
- Through ongoing literature reviews and synthesis of Sabin programming, collaborate with team members to identify gaps in Sabin’s current knowledge/literature to align current and new research programs
- Provide technical review and advise on content produced by partners across VAD programming, such as training presentations for journalists, health workers, and other stakeholders
- In partnership with the Sabin Communications team, harness and distill findings for VAD engagements with researchers, health workers and journalists to include talking points, action briefs, and other materials to be utilized for external engagement with policymakers and influencers
- Support strategy, design, technical writing and M&E for the development of Sabin’s online and in-person educational resources, as needed
Project Management and People Management
- Manage the full life cycle of technical writing and editing deliverables, including development of project strategy, timeline management, drafting content and coordination of input from key staff
- Support the Director of Research, VAD, in accomplishing departmental objectives to ensure the successful delivery of projects are on time and within budget
- Ensure that work products conform to the Sabin-required formatting, are free of errors, and scientific ideas are presented clearly, accurately and persuasively
- Work collaboratively across the organization, building strong relationships with colleagues, to stay informed of latest organizational and field developments to advance internal priorities
- Supervise, mentor, coach and train team members, as assigned
- Other related duties, as assigned
- Master’s degree in a related field, including social and behavioral sciences, medical anthropology, social determinants of health, infectious disease, public health/global health, health communications, health policy, or another related field.
- 7+ years relevant experience that includes technical writing in a scientific field, preferably global health research, medical anthropology, infectious disease, public health, or another related field
- Superb verbal and written communications skills
- Proven success in communicating scientific research to variable audiences
- Strong strategic/critical thinking and goal orientation
- Demonstrated project management skills with proven ability to manage workloads and multiple priorities efficiently
- Ability to manage, mentor and coach people
- Demonstrated ability to operate with purpose and accuracy in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment
- Readiness to interact with a variety of people and assume diverse duties and tasks
- Ability to build relationships and understand what motivates others
- Subject to a criminal background investigation
- Request for three professional references
- Verification of education/degrees
Attributes that Are Important to Sabin:
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking
- Communication and Professionalism
- Initiative and Ownership
- Productivity and Quality Control
- Professional Development/Personal Learning
How to Apply:
To be considered, please submit your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample via e-mail to [email protected] Please be sure to reference “Manager/Senior Manager, Knowledge Translation” 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 and title 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.