Internal Communications Manager

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • Feb 07, 2020
Full time   External Relations, PR, Marketing Other Administrative Positions

Job Description

Job #: G973

Posted Date: February 6, 2020

Closes On: Open Until Filled

Job Title: Internal Communications Manager

Status: Regular Full Time

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Laboratory/Department: Communications

The Department's mission is to present the Institute, its research, faculty and staff, and its iconic buildings, to diverse audiences via print, electronic media and the Internet.

Position Description:

The Internal Communications Manager facilitates Salk’s internal communications program designed to create, strengthen and support connections between Salk leadership, employees and faculty to advance the Institute’s mission of cutting-edge discoveries through an engaged workforce. The incumbent must be an excellent writer and a critical thinker who can tie together priorities of many internal stakeholders who are all trying to reach the same audience (or a subset thereof). This individual must have exceptional organizational skills to balance the relevance and consistency of information with the availability of multiple avenues that can be used to disseminate content effectively. In summary, the Internal Communications Manager utilizes best practices in writing, communications and technology to drive successful internal communications.

Identified goals include implementing and managing internal communications strategies that bolster morale, retention and engagement efforts by working with all arms of Salk’s campus. Through effective, creative and innovative communication solutions, regular participation in activities across the Salk campus and active collaboration with internally focused departments who provide services to Salk faculty and staff, this visible position is integral in building upon, supporting and promoting Salk’s community and culture.

Working closely with Communications (COMM) colleagues, the Internal Communications Manager develops a wide range of written and multimedia content for various channels to promote the Salk experience and enhance employee interactions and engages cross-campus leadership (including faculty) to facilitate messaging across campus. In addition, the Internal Communications Manager manages and schedules the distribution of content across available channels and tools in a timely and consistent manner while maintaining established style and brand. The Internal Communications Manager also serves as a proofreader and copyeditor, to ensure that all materials are consistent and in line with Salk’s Style Guide. The Internal Communications Manager will also be responsible for engaging with Salk Faculty and leadership in creating communications related to Salk’s Campaign for the Future.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Journalism or Communications, or equivalent combination of education and experience.



  • 5+ years of experience working in public relations, internal communications, general communications or related field.
  • Experience in a role that requires recommendations to broad stakeholders about effective internal communications.
  • Experience developing and distributing digital content.
  • Demonstrated experience in utilizing various computer software applications for word processing, spreadsheets, databases and desktop publishing.
  • Extensive experience editing and proofreading correspondence, reports and proposals.


  • Prior experience in a larger (500+) non-profit organization
  • Experience working in a shared governance organization.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
  • Will require occasional evenings and weekends to assist with events.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Institute’s background investigation.
  • Must be willing to sign an employee confidentiality agreement.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant adjusting focus, grasping, hearing, keying, seeing, sitting, talking, analyzing, calculating, communicating, reading, reasoning, writing and working inside and in confined areas.


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