Director, Scientific Communications

  • Augusta University
  • Augusta, GA, USA
  • Nov 15, 2022
Full time Deans & Directors

Job Description

Director, Scientific Communications

Job ID: 244754
Location: Augusta University
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
Augusta University is Georgia's innovation center for education and health care, training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and healthcare providers in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state. More than 9,000 students choose Augusta for educational opportunities at the center of Georgia's cybersecurity hub and experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities, and the health sciences. Augusta is home to Georgia's only public academic health center, where groundbreaking research is creating a healthier, more prosperous Georgia, and world-class clinicians are bringing the medicine of tomorrow to patient care today.

Augusta University –
Our Health Sciences Campus:
1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912

College/Department Information
The Immunology Center of Georgia (IMMCG) represents a new initiative by the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University to leverage the ability of the immune system to combat disease. The IMMCG will accomplish this by assembling teams of biomedical researchers with strong records of scientific innovation and technological development. The IMMCG will be co-directed by world-class immunologists Drs. Catherine ‘Lynn' Hedrick and Klaus Ley, both of whom have made major discoveries linking immune cells to specific mechanisms of disease. The goal of the IMMCG is to produce novel and effective treatments for conditions that heavily impact the communities of Georgia and the United States. The new center is aggressively recruiting faculty and staff to lead projects focused on cardiovascular disease, obesity and metabolic disorders, autoimmune and infectious disease, neurodegenerative disease and cancer.

Job Summary
Job Posting Refreshed
The Director of Scientific Communication will develop and review all scientific content for the Immunology Center of Georgia (IMMCG) via the management of a communications team. The Director will communicate scientific and administrative material to faculty members, postdoctoral scientists, and graduate students within the IMMCG. The Director will also liaison with faculty, staff, and students from other departments at the Medical College of Georgia and act as a subject matter expert for internal and external stakeholders. The Director will ensure that funding applications, special journal issues, and book chapters derived from IMMCG material are submitted correctly and on time. Finally, the Director will produce content for the public that highlights the personnel and findings of the IMMCG.

The duties include, but are not limited to:

Public Communication
Create, manage, edit, and update the public face of IMMCG; Draft press releases of scientific findings; Provide, manage, and update the IMMCG website; Solicit and edit scientific content from each faculty member for the IMMCG website; Update web site monthly; Science, Twitter, Facebook and other social media

Other Faculty
Organize search committees; Be liaison for visits; Organize faculty meetings; Organize scientific meetings

Communication with Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students
Organize an internal IMMCG seminar series; Keep CVs of faculty on file, edit, and update; Liaison with the Dean of the Graduate School to promote the IMMCG to prospective graduate students

Contacting Funding Agencies
Support multi-PI grants for funding from both private and public funding agencies; Maintain up-to-date biosketches and resource pages for key IMMCG personnel; Edit biosketches and resource pages for specific purposes; Track solicitations and RFAs from the NIAID, NHLBI, NIH Director(s); Seek funding opportunities from foundations and communicate with foundation leadership

Manuscript and Book Editing
Organize books related to research topics covered by the IMMCG; Produce and edit tables of content; Ensure all chapters and graphics are delivered on time; Edit book material for grammar and scientific accuracy; Draft book forewords

Organize Special Scientific Issues For Journals
Solicit and screen potential contributors; Keep all manuscript submissions on time; Edit manuscript contributions as needed

Networking with Other Immunologist
Manage networking activities for the IMMCG; Represent the IMMCG at scientific conferences; Quality-control abstract submissions from IMMCG faculty and graduate students; Coordinate Augusta U group meetings at national conferences; Track special solicitations and RFAs; Prepare packages for award nominations; Solicit faculty candidates from other immunology departments and institutes; Work with other administrators and faculty liaison to organize external seminars

Perform other related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications
Ph.D. from an accredited college or university plus one year of supervisory experience OR Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of five years supervisory experience OR Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of eight years supervisory experience.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases

Shift: Days; Monday - Friday (Work outside of normal business hours may be required)

Pay Grade: 23

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position

Recruitment Period: Until Filled

Augusta University offers a variety of benefits to full-time benefits-eligible employees and some of our half-time (or more) employees.

Benefits that may be elected could include health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, Teachers Retirement System (or Optional Retirement Plan), as well as earned vacation time, sick leave, and 13 paid holidays.

Also, our full-time employees who have been employed with us successfully for more than 6 months can be considered for the Tuition Assistance Program. Consider applying with us today!

Conditions of Employment
All selected candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.

If applicable for the specific position based on the duties: the candidate will also need to have a credit check completed for Positions of Trust and or approved departmental Purchase Card usage.

All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during their employment and beyond.

Other Information
This position is also responsible for promoting a customer-friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner every day with patients and families for success."

Augusta University is a tobacco-free environment, and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

How To Apply
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