Chief Communications Officer

Washington D.C.
Nov 28, 2018
Dec 13, 2018
Full Time
Job Description Summary:

Job Description:

Job Description

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) is seeking an innovative and visionary leader to guide the institution as its Chief Communications Officer (CCO). This critical senior leadership role is responsible for defining and directing all internal and external communications activities in support of the Academies' mission. The incumbent will provide strategic communications advice for senior leadership, establish a strong institutional brand, increase and enhance the digital presence of the NASEM, and develop clear metrics for assessing the effectiveness of communications activities.  The CCO develops policies that ensure cohesion in communication activities across the organization, and ensures that the dissemination of products meets the needs of all stakeholders.  The CCO will also oversee initiatives and recommendations outlined in a recent external review of the Academies' communications activities.

The CCO is responsible for fulfilling the vision, defining the strategic direction, and leading the development and implementation of a communications plan for the NASEM. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate past successes in:

  • Building and leading a dynamic communications team, and offer concrete examples of how she/he has developed policies that ensured cohesion in communication activities across the organization.  
  • Establishing a strong institutional brand
  • Enhancing the digital presence of a current or prior employer
  • Managing a social media team that had a direct and significant impact on the growth and impact of a prior employer.
  • Developing digital metrics (including social metrics) in order to reliably understand the effectiveness of communications efforts. 

The position reports to the Executive Officer of the National Research Council, and contributes to institutional management and policy development while establishing current and long-range objectives for the NASEM.


  • Master's degree communications, public relations, marketing, journalism or related field, or equivalent knowledge
  • 15 years in an executive role with experience developing and implementing successful and comprehensive communication plans, marketing and public affairs programs at a large complex enterprise
  • Significant understanding of the today's media environment, including the effective use of digital and social platforms


  • Experience working in a complex research, educational or technical institution; ability to cultivate strong working relationships with others in the institution, as well as external subject matter experts and Academy members
  • An understanding of how nonprofit organizations contract with the federal government and the ability to work with senior division leadership to help the institution migrate from a traditional publishing environment to a digital-first publishing platform.

Any qualification to be considered equivalent, in lieu of stated minimum, requires the prior approval of the Office of Human Resources.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Employee Type:EmployeeScheduled Weekly Hours:37.5City/State:Washington, District of Columbia

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