Job: Policy & Communications Director, North Carolina Biosciences Organization, Research Triangle Park, NC
About the North Carolina Biosciences Organization
The North Carolina Biosciences Organization (“NCBIO”) is the trade association for the life science industry in North Carolina. NCBIO represents pharmaceutical, medical device, clinical research, and agricultural and industrial biotechnology (collectively, the “life science sector”) interests before the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina government agencies, and the North Carolina delegation to the United States Congress. NCBIO’s mission is to advance North Carolina’s life science sector through (1) the promotion of government policy designed to support the sector’s companies and their contribution to human health and the economy, and (2) establish educational and best-practice programs for its members and their employees.
NCBIO currently employs a staff of five and is supported by a similar number of contractors. NCBIO aspires to accomplish its corporate objectives while affording its employees opportunities to grow in both skill and ability, while achieving a favorable work-life balance. Our work environment is casual but professional and team members are allowed flexibility with respect to where and how they fulfill their job duties. Career advancement is appreciated and supported.
About the Policy and Communications Director Position
The Policy and Communications Dierctor is a full-time position. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.
The NCBIO Policy and Communications Director works directly with the Organization’s President to develop policy positions, manage communications with members and policymakers and to collaborate with allied organizations to support a positive perception of North Carolina’s life science industry among the state and national leaders and the general public.
Responsibilities of the Policy and Communications Director include:
• Work with President and Government Affairs Director to set annual public policy advocacy agenda; monitor state and federal legislative and executive branch activities for actions of importance to Organization’s members
• Conduct research and quantitative analysis to better understand and explain the importance of the Organization’s policy priorities and positions; contract with consultants as necessary to support this function
• Write high-impact reports, memoranda, and other materials in support of the Organization’s policy priorities and positions; oversee production of policy position papers and similar materials, including graphical and pictorial content
• Work with the Government Affairs Director to maintain and expand the Organization’s relations with allied entities, including the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, state and national trade associations, and member companies’ federal and state affairs personnel; coordinate the Organization’s activities with the activities of these allies to maximize impact
• Work with Government Affairs Director and Events Director to conceptualize and implement public, private and political events that advance Organization’s policy priorities; coordinate the Organization’s participation in or assistance to policy-driven activities of allied entities
• Take overall responsibility for Organization’s brand and implementation of measures for its advancement; prepare an annual communications plan
• Attend Organization’s events and prepare appropriate content for Organization’s communications platforms
• Draft monthly electronic newsletter for Organization’s members and oversee layout, graphic, and pictorial content and distribution; work with graphics contractor to produce new templates as appropriate
• Draft monthly electronic newsletter for state legislators and North Carolina Congressional delegation; work with graphics contractor to produce templates as appropriate.
• Draft and send Member Advisories on matters of importance to member companies; work with graphics contractor to produce templates as appropriate
• Maintain list of media contacts with interest in subject matters addressed by Organization
• Draft Organization’s news releases as needed; work with graphics contractor to produce templates as appropriate
• Draft guest editorials and letters to the editor addressing public policy issues of importance to Organization’s members; place guest editorials with appropriate media outlets
• Maintain Organization’s website, including positing of newsletters, member advisories, position papers, news releases, guest editorials; maintain website calendar of events; work with web development contractor to select hosting services, develop new websites and web pages as appropriate
• Post content to the Organization’s Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, including content from meetings, member companies, allied national trade associations, and Organization’s policy documents
• Work with Membership Director to produce Organization’s marketing materials; work with graphics contractor to develop new marketing templates as appropriate
• Work with Events Director and Membership Director to prepare and oversee the production of a member company “poster garden” for display at annual legislative reception
• Prepare Organization’s annual report for distribution at annual meeting of members; oversee graphics contractor’s layout of report, including graphic and pictorial content.
• Other duties as assigned.
Experience: NCBIO seeks a candidate with state or federal policy experience as well as capability in public affairs, including strong skills in writing and oral communication and experience with social media and website design and utilization. The ideal candidate will have experience in one or more of the following subject matter domains: pharmaceuticals, medical devices, clinical research and agricultural biotechnology. Experience with photography is desirable.
Education: Undergraduate degree required. Degree in public policy or communications desirable.