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Manager Scientific Communications/Media Relations

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Manager, Scientific Communications/Media Relations

Department: Public Relations

Location: Chicago, IL


The communications position is responsible for handling day-to-day account needs, while demonstrating forward thinking, sound judgment and decision-making skills, and providing proactive counsel and direction in all facets of public relations. This position requires the committed expertise of a talented and passionate team member in media and influencer relations.

Responsibilities and Traits

  • Represents the agency’s clients to the press and public by fielding responses to all media-related inquiries. Also, maintains database of media relations contacts.

  • Plans and implements clients’ public relations strategies, policies and procedures.

  • Effectively reviews and interprets scientific material into communications strategies and tactics that resonate with specific audiences, including scientists, C-suite executives of medical and healthcare organizations, and consumers, among others.

  • Effectively and persuasively presents scientific information to senior internal agency staff and to external clients.

  • Creates/maintains strong relationships with key scientific/medical media, both regionally and nationally.

  • Advises on the preparation and presentation of product or service information at trade shows, displays and exhibits.

  • Assists and coaches clients’ staff in preparation of speaking engagements, presentations and media interviews.

YOUR EXPERIENCE: Qualifications and Skills

  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in the healthcare public relations field — agency experience required.

  • Proven ability to interpret complex scientific content and translate this understanding for multiple lay, scientific, patient, and investor audiences.

  • Demonstrated national media pitching experience — life science media preferred.

  • Proven ability to manage long-term client accounts.

  • Self-starter with strong organizational skills.

  • Naturally curious and motivated to learn new things, innovate and grow.

  • Able to collaborate across disciplines and levels.

  • An entrepreneurial spirit and an exceptional problem solver.

  • Drive for exceptional performance from self, as well as others.

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in biology, journalism, communications, or related.

This position reports directly to the Managing Editor

About HDMZ

To create a new kind of marketing partner – one with exceptional strategic, scientific, creative and digital talent that can affect real change by lifting life science brands beyond their technologies and facilitating effective, meaningful and authentic conversations with customers and other important stakeholders. We have our sights set on working with the world’s most important companies solving the most pressing scientific and healthcare challenges of today.

Equal Opportunity Employer

We offer comprehensive compensation and a benefits package that includes medical, dental, 401K. Please include a cover letter, resume and compensation requirements to:

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