BrightFocus Foundation is a premier source of private research funding to defeat Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Through investing in an ongoing research portfolio of more than 220 awards, we are working toward cures for the medical conditions we all fear most: loss of mind and loss of sight. Our public awareness efforts share the latest research findings and best practices with families impacted by these diseases.

Our talented, dedicated team brings together a wide range of talents and disciplines to advance our mission of ending diseases of mind and sight. We hope you will consider joining us at BrightFocus.

See our open positions below.

Open Positions

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  • The Director of Marketing and Communications will strategically create, implement, and manage mission-driven cross-channel communications and marketing content and activities for BrightFocus Foundation and its three research programs (Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Macular Degeneration Research, and National Glaucoma Research) across a robust and evolving marketing and communications ecosystem for the organization. The successful candidate will be able to work collaboratively across multiple departments, including Development, Scientific Affairs, and Strategic Partnerships. Reporting to the VP, Integrated Marketing and Communications, the Director will play a pivotal role in elevating the brand and its external communications while increasing engagement and growing BrightFocus’ robust supporter base.

    Duties, Responsibilities, and Functions:

    • Collaborate with the VP, Integrated Marketing and Communications and internal stakeholders to develop, execute, and evaluate marketing and communications strategies and tactics to meet key organizational objectives in support of strategic objectives, including fundraising and public awareness goals, for BrightFocus.
    • Conduct and analyze media and influencer research, manage media and influencer relations, manage media database and build targeted media lists; lead the distribution of press releases; maintain media archives.
    • Write and edit press releases and other external-facing content for multiple audiences, contribute to executive presentations and thought leadership content; identify opportunities for BrightFocus team members to grow as thought leaders while ensuring that messaging surrounding BrightFocus and its programs is communicated effectively, consistently, and on brand to diverse intergenerational audiences.
    • Work to maintain external-facing communications content calendar for BrightFocus in collaboration with internal department stakeholders, ensuring that content, including email content and newsletters, is completed on time and approved by internal stakeholders.
    • Ensure integrated campaign deliverables for BrightFocus and its three research programs are completed in accordance with defined goals and timelines, including but not limited to videos/PSAs, advertisements, publications, infographics, newsletters, email content, website content, and brochures.
    • Collaborate with and manage freelance writers and the production of articles and other content for the website, including expert articles and research communications, ensuring that BrightFocus’ scientific research impact points are clearly conveyed.

    Supervision:

    • Responsible for supervising Digital Content Specialist, freelance writers, and part-time Spanish Materials Coordinator.

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, marketing, or similar field; master’s degree preferred.
    • Minimum seven years of demonstrated success and increasing leadership responsibilities in communications and marketing; experience with mission-driven and non-profit organizations preferred; experience with health-related and medical communications preferred.
    • Superior writing, communications, and editing skills, including the ability to write for multiple audiences; the ability to write and distribute press releases to defined and targeted media lists using AP style. (Three writing samples and a cover letter are required to be considered)
    • Proven success in the development and implementation of cross-channel marketing and promotional campaigns, with excellent follow-through and problem-solving abilities.
    • Experience with media and influencer relations, media research, and database management, such as Meltwater or Cision.
    • Experience in digital optimization and analytics, marketing, and communications to acquire, activate, and retain supporters.
    • Commitment to the mission and values of BrightFocus with specific knowledge of its distinguished research programs, characteristics, goals, and accomplishments.
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a part of a hybrid team in a professional and collegial manner.
    • Ability to lead and partner with passion, humility, patience, and a deep commitment to patients, families, donors, and personnel.
    • Ability to travel to meetings and conferences and represent BrightFocus on occasion (<10%).

    Equal Opportunity Employer: BrightFocus is committed to the full utilization of all human resources and to a policy of equal opportunity. In accordance with applicable laws, it is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to any legally-protected characteristic including, but not limited to, race, age, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

    HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to hrjobs@marcumllp.com with “Director, Marketing & Communications” in the Subject line for consideration. Your cover letter should demonstrate strong written communication skills by conveying your related experience, passion for our mission, and what you aspire to contribute through your work at BrightFocus. Submission of your cover letter and three writing samples are required for consideration.

    For a full position description, visit: http://www.brightfocus.org/careers.

  • Reporting to the VP, Integrated Marketing and Communications, the Graphic Designer will play an instrumental role in reflecting this multifaceted global nonprofit and its critical research programs across multiple mediums—including digital, print, video, and photography— in a compelling and creative manner. The Graphic Designer will conduct a comprehensive design review of all current creative assets across the organization and identify methods for optimizing the brand’s design implementation and visual storytelling in collaboration with the Integrated Marketing and Communications team and multiple stakeholders at BrightFocus.

    Remote (East coast preferred)

    Duties, Responsibilities, and Functions

    • Professionally and creatively convey the brand to attract new audiences and engage current audiences in a donor-centric marketing ecosystem through compelling imagery and clean, professional, and consistent design, layout, and use of visuals.
    • Working with the Project Manager, Integrated Marketing, serve as the primary creator of a range of creative assets, ensuring that the deliverables for BrightFocus and its three research programs are completed on time and in accordance with brand standards and defined goals for multiple departments and stakeholders, including but not limited to videos/PSAs, advertisements, long-and-short form publications, invitations, social media graphics, science and medical research infographics and illustrations, postcards, flyers, envelopes, business cards, branded materials, newsletters, digital and print templates, including slide presentation templates, website content, and brochures.
    • Working with the Web Content Specialist, ensure that the website’s visuals are consistently updated, approved, and on brand.
    • Maintain multimedia library, coordinate multimedia production, and produce new photos and videos, identifying needed assets and producing shot lists; identify photos and graphics to support the overall goals of a given creative or design project, ensuring that all photo, video, and design assets are archived appropriately.
    • Serve as the point-of-contact for creative asset accessibility and ensure that all creative assets, including digital, meet ADA Standards for Accessible Design and that the visual storytelling execution for BrightFocus is inclusive and reflects multiple audiences, including producing materials in Spanish and other languages.
    • Participate in the full creative cycle, from brainstorming to design to production, across all creative products.
    • Identify opportunities for creative and digital awards and coordinate submission with Director of Marketing and Communications.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Supervision

    • N/A

    Requirements

    • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in a graphic design-related field of study.
    • At least four years of experience in a professional design role; experience with nonprofits or medical and/or scientific research and mission-driven, donor-centric integrated marketing campaigns preferred.
    • Advanced proficiency with design software such as Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator, XD, Photoshop, InDesign); multimedia design experience (motion graphics, video, audio) preferred.
    • Microsoft Office (with emphasis on the creation of high-quality PowerPoint presentations) strongly preferred.
    • Experience with managing the print production process and with vendor relations.
    • Experience with Drupal or other CMS a plus; experience with email campaign software a plus.
    • Commitment to the mission and values of BrightFocus with specific knowledge of its distinguished research programs, characteristics, goals, and accomplishments.
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, consistently meet deadlines, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to communicate clearly in written and verbal communications and ask questions proactively.
    • Ability to engage in dialogue related to creative feedback and the viewpoints of others in a professional and considerate manner.
    • Ability to be self-driven and work independently, proactively, and collaboratively as a part of a hybrid team in a collegial manner.
    • Ability to travel as needed, including for photo/video production, BrightFocus events, and vendor approvals/meetings (<10%).

    Equal Opportunity Employer: BrightFocus is committed to the full utilization of all human resources and to a policy of equal opportunity. In accordance with applicable laws, it is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to any legally-protected characteristic including, but not limited to, race, age, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

    HOW TO APPLY:

    All applicants are required to submit a (1) resume, (2) cover letter, (3) salary requirement or range, and (4) portfolio of creative work that includes a range of print and digital work. Applicants without a portfolio and professional design experience and training will not be considered. Applicants must email the require documents to hrjobs@marcumllp.com with “Graphic Designer” in the Subject line for consideration. Your cover letter should demonstrate strong written communication skills by conveying your related experience, passion for our mission, and what you aspire to contribute through your work at BrightFocus.

    For a full position description, visit: http://www.brightfocus.org/careers.

 

About BrightFocus Foundation

BrightFocus Foundation (BrightFocus) is at the forefront of brain and eye health by promoting awareness and driving innovative research worldwide to help eradicate diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. To learn more about BrightFocus, visit www.brightfocus.org.

BrightFocus is committed to the full utilization of all human resources and to a policy of equal opportunity. In accordance with applicable laws, it is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to any legally-protected characteristic including, but not limited to, race, age, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

 

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