Reports to: Vice President, Communications
Location: Offices in Washington, DC; Option to Work Remotely

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.

Position Summary:

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


Management and Timelines

  • Hire, supervise, mentor, coach and train Communications Team members as assigned, supporting skills and professional development
  • Regularly assess Communications Team workloads, adjusting resources and sourcing and managing vendors/freelancers as needed
  • Ensure communications projects are delivered in accordance with SmartSheet timelines and within budget
  • Lead in development and implementation of onboarding plans for new Communications staff
  • Manage vendor contracts and payments
  • Plan and conduct regular team meetings

Editorial Planning and Review

  • Develop and manage 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 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
  • Regularly scan social media for news (responding as appropriate) and to identify opportunities to engage with partners and stakeholders
  • Keep websites 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, Meetings & Events, determine communications needs for Sabin-hosted and outside events
  • Develop conference presentations for Sabin executives, as needed

Executive and Sabin Promotion

  • Work with Sabin teams to write, produce and promote 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
  • Develop a Sabin thought-leadership plan, including conference participation criteria and strategy
  • Provide final edit and review of all external promotional materials
  • Ensure consistent application of Sabin’s branding standards
  • Prepare quarterly board reports
  • 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 9 years relevant experience
  • Strong people management and interpersonal skills; excellent at working closely with others over geographical distance
  • Budget oversight and decision-making experience
  • Ability to support strategic development and execution
  • 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

How to Apply:

To be considered, please submit your cover letter, writing sample and resume via e-mail to [email protected]. Please be sure to reference “Senior Manager/Director, 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

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.