Communications and Transition Manager

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) based at the University of Maryland College Park is currently seeking to hire a full-time Communications and Transition Manager.  START supports research that applies the theories and methods of social science to the study of the human causes and consequences of terrorism and is now expanding its portfolio to the study of irregular warfare. A critical component of START’s mission is transitioning research findings to policymakers, practitioners, journalists, and the public.  START is part of the University’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.


The Communications and Transition Manager is responsible for designing and implementing strategies for communicating about START research, education, and training to a variety of audiences, including federal and other funders and end-users of START products, members of the media, and the public.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

30%        Communications and Outreach Strategy

  • Design and manage START’s communications and outreach strategies, include monitoring, measuring, analyzing, and reporting on the impact of the center’s outreach strategies.

15%        Supervision

  • Supervise a small team, including a full-time communications and transition specialist and an hourly graphic designer.

15%        Relationship Management

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key START stakeholders, including government funders, University of Maryland outreach and communications offices, START researchers, and the news media
  • Maintain relationships and lines of communication regarding the design, development, and deployment of START’s website

25%        Communications Material Production

  • Draft written products to contribute to a monthly newsletter, project management materials, social media, and website content.
  • Edit and provide quality control on written products produced by team members
  • Work with START researchers to design and edit short-form (research briefs, background reports, infographics, presentations) and long-form (technical reports, research articles) products.
  • Oversee and participate in production and maintenance of templates for START communications, including research products and marketing materials.
  • Support maintenance of current website and transition efforts to new website

15%        Program Marketing

  • Work with START education and training programs to market programs, products, and services.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, or related field
  • At least five years’ experience in communications or media relations, with two years’ experience in an academic or research setting
  • Proven success designing and executing communications, marketing, and/or public relations campaigns
  • In-depth knowledge of best writing and messaging practices across multiple platforms
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and re-prioritize as needed
  • Prior supervisory experience
  • Experience with Drupal or similar content management systems


  • Experience in research communication
  • Experience with maintaining and developing content for websites
  • Experience coordinating with technical personnel and/or vendors on issues related to website design and functionality
  • Familiarity with 508 compliance
  • Experience in event planning, including virtual events
  • Proficiency with design software, such as Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience with media management systems, including Cision, Hootsuite and Mailchimp
  • Familiarity with national security issues

The annual salary for this position will be in the range of $69,000 to $85,000 (depending on education and experience), plus full University of Maryland benefits (as explained at This is a regular exempt staff position reporting directly to START’s Director.  The successful candidate will work on-site at START’s offices. START is located less than two miles from the University of Maryland campus. This position is eligible for telework up to three days per week.

Application Instructions

Interested parties should submit an application, including a cover letter, current resume, list of references, and work samples, via the University of Maryland’s eJobs site here.

While performing essential functions of this position, the employee operates a computer and other office devices, such as telephones and copy machines. This position requires the employee to frequently communicate and exchange accurate information via telephone and email. This position requires occasional lifting of materials up to 25 pounds. This position requires movement around the office and to locations on the University of Maryland campus.

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. A prior criminal conviction or convictions will not automatically disqualify a finalist from employment in the position.

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.