Manager, Communications

28 Apr, 2021


Manager, Communications

California Life Sciences Institute
Washington, DC

About California Life Sciences Association (CLSA)

California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) is the state’s largest and most influential life sciences advocacy and business leadership organization. With offices in Sacramento, San Diego, South San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington DC, CLSA works closely with industry, government, academia and others to shape public policy, improve access to innovative technologies and grow California’s life sciences economy. CLSA serves biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics companies, research universities and institutes, investors and service providers throughout the Golden State. CLSA was founded in 2015 when the Bay Area Bioscience Association (BayBio) and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI) merged.


CLSA currently offers a full suite of team member benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, LTD, STD and Group Life insurance, 401(k) plans with matching, FSA and HSA options, and a generous paid time off and paid holiday schedule.


CLSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit and business needs.


Job Summary

We are looking for a self-motivated and talented Communications Manager to help lead our communications department under the guidance of the executive leadership team and organizational strategic plan. In this position, you will be in charge of producing high-quality content that engages association members, stakeholders and other third-party partners while building brand recognition.

Your main duties will also include creating informative content, press releases, articles, and media opportunities to share our organization’s brand, products, and services. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, with brilliant presentation and organizational skills, and a wide degree of creativity when approaching projects.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage the development and implementation of a proactive media relations strategy, spanning traditional media, social media, and member company communications.
  • Create informative and interesting press releases, press kits, newsletters, social media, and related marketing materials in collaboration with the organization’s marketing team.
  • Develop and implement effective communication strategies that build membership loyalty programs, brand awareness, and satisfaction.
  • Prepare detailed media activity reports.
  • Plan and manage the design, content, and production of all communications materials under the supervision of the VP, Federal Government Relations and External Affairs
  • Work with different departments to generate new ideas and strategies.
  • Supervise projects to guarantee all content is publication-ready.
  • Working closely with marketing and other appropriate teams and/or constituencies as appropriate, create communication and marketing strategies for new products, launches, events, and promotions.
  • Respond to communication-related issues in a timely manner
  • May be called upon to act as a spokesperson for the organization
  • May serve as communications counselor to senior management and may be called upon to prepare materials for external engagements
  • Actively engages, cultivates, and manages relationships with members of the news media
  • Manages day-to-day activities related to media relations and organizational communications, such as tracking news coverage, managing media events and public announcements, and drafting communications resources.


  • Applies experience and knowledge to work on complex projects requiring creative solutions and application of high levels of subject matter expertise.
  • Positively influences and collaborates on projects across team functions.
  • Reports to a Vice President and provides regular updates and input on direction and decision-making.
  • May supervise professional level staff, support staff and/or consultants. Will utilize people skills and available tools to develop within the role.
  • Builds an environment that supports organization values including: a disciplined focus, integrity, teamwork, respect, quality, and ownership.

Background and Experience:

  • Minimum of B.A. or B.S. degree, or relevant combination of education and equivalent experience;
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of professional level experience.
  • Campaign and trade association experience a plus
  • Political acumen —able to understand and translate public policy issues, trends and legislative initiatives into compelling messages; experience in coalition-building.
  • Experience managing programs, project teams and/or managing staff or consultants, preferred.
  • Exceptional verbal, written and digital communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong teamwork, project management and interpersonal skills.
  • Utilizes initiative to problem solve and succeed in evolving environments.
  • Demonstrated record of sound political judgment and bipartisanship.


Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to stand, sit, talk, listen and respond for an extended period of time;
  • Must be able to operate a computer, telephone and keyboard;
  • Must be able to reach, stoop and kneel;
  • Close vision is required due to computer work;
  • Must be able to lift/handle up to 25lbs;
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Disclaimer: This job is currently to be performed remotely but will return to an office setting as state and local restrictions are lifted. This job description reflects the requirements of the position in a normal environment and while certain responsibilities may be adjusted to provide for a safe working environment during COVID-19, CLSA plans to follow state and local guidelines for reinstating normal business activities when appropriate. At such time, the responsibilities outlined herein will be required by the successful candidate.

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Job posted: 2021-04-28