Advocacy Communications Coordinator

Nov. 13, 2019

Join our team and be a part of one of the largest life science societies in the world.
With 30,000 members, including researchers, educators and health professionals, ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications and educational opportunities. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences.
We offer competitive salaries, top-notch benefits and liberal PTO.
  • Employee pays $0 toward their own health insurance
  • We contribute 10% of your salary to a 403(b) after 2 years of fulltime employment
  • Holiday schedule includes the days between Christmas and New Year’s
Just to name a few benefits…
The American Society for Microbiology is looking for a dynamic Advocacy Communications Coordinator in the Marketing and Communications department. This individual will help develop clear, concise and effective advocacy communication strategies and subsequent communications outreach regarding ASM’s advocacy positions to ASM members, the public and our key stakeholders. This role requires a strong communicator with experience in persuasive writing, media relations and/or advocacy communications who can leverage multiple communications platforms to activate and engage ASM members and outside audiences. The incumbent also needs global public health knowledge in order to tie our advocacy messages to ASM’s global public health programs.

Primary Functions:
  • Plan and implement advocacy communication initiatives/campaigns to increase support for research and innovation in the microbial sciences sector among policymakers, regulators, media and the public
  • Craft and edit communications content such as opinion-editorials, public statements, fact sheets, talking points, presentations, web and social media content that highlight ASM’s policy agenda
  • Monitor and report out impact of tactics and use findings to inform future plans
  • Oversee ASM’s advocacy messaging on social media
  • Help create infographics around ASM’s advocacy priorities
  • Keep abreast of ASM’s global public health programs and find avenues to connect  advocacy messaging with ASM’s global health initiatives
Primary Competencies:
  • Strong writing, proofreading/editing skills; familiarity with AP Style.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working with senior-level scientific experts and partner organizations; ability to interact with journalists and policy opinion leaders.
  • Must show excellent judgment and possess the diplomacy to handle potentially controversial issues.
  • Strong ability to interact professionally and comfortably with individuals at all levels
  • Strong interpersonal skills and pleasant disposition needed to work with different management styles and personality types
  • Strong collaborative skills and ability to organize work across departments to achieve shared objectives.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and set priorities in a flexible manner to address changing needs.
  • Able to meet deadlines and operate with limited supervision.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Proven skill and background in science, science communication or science policy/advocacy at the federal, state and local levels.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, SALSA or other advocacy software, web content management systems, graphic design principles and/or software preferred.
  • Proficiency in digital communication platforms.
  • Ability to travel as needed.
Education and Experience:
  • Four-year degree in English, journalism, communications, public relations or science-related degree
  • 4+ years' experience in media outreach, science policy communication and executive relations
  • Familiarity with web posting; Kentico platform preferred
  • Experience with a non-profit organization, institution of higher learning or other scientifically-focused organization, preferred
If you are ready for a real challenge and to make a real difference in science, apply for this unique position today.  Please submit salary requirements, cover letter and resume to
We are an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all team members.