Research Comms Manager at JDRF

Are you a talented science communicator who can engage people across the country with our mission to cure type 1 diabetes? Are you ready for a management role?

The role of Research Communications Manager is vital to the achievement of our mission. You will enable us to tell our current and future type 1 diabetes research story – winning new support for us as a charity.

You will line-manage our Research Communications and Engagement Officer. Together, you will be our two-person Research Communications team.

Role: Research Communications Manager
Salary: £29,175-£34,275 per annum inclusive (Birmingham or Leeds)
Location: Birmingham, Leeds
Closing date: Monday 11 March at 10am
Interview: Wednesday 20 March

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Innovative research into type 1 diabetes is developing some of the most advanced technological treatments in healthcare. Our world-leading scientists are making exciting progress in immune therapy research and in regenerative treatments, as well as via genetic studies revealing who’s at risk. In fact, we’ve seen more research progress in the last five years than in the previous fifty years before that. It’s a thrilling time to work in our sector.

JDRF’s supporters range from people recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes wanting more information, to digital innovators creating their own wearable tech. It’s a really responsive community, who will love to share your team’s insights.

As JDRF’s Research Communications Manager you will support the delivery of our communications strategy. You will be responsible for the delivery of vibrant, engaging research-themed content for different audiences via different channels. You’ll oversee the maintenance of important relationships with UK-based research scientists, as well as other stakeholders vital to our mission.

We’re an international organisation. So you’ll be collaborating internationally, ringing the New York office one day and the Toronto office the next.

You’ll already have plenty of experience of working in a communications team. You’ll have evidence of how your leadership has enabled an organisation to galvanise audiences to support science. Needless to say, you’ll have great digital and social media skills. You’ll have experience of public speaking and developing others to be public speakers too. It’s crucial that you have first-rate writing abilities – and that you can coach this in others. You’ll also be able to demonstrate your project management, time management and people-management skills.

In return we offer you flexible working, good annual leave entitlement, a season ticket or bike loan, an employee assistance programme and a childcare voucher scheme. We have strong, positive values and friendly culture where we support you in developing your career aspirations.

JDRF is the type 1 diabetes charity.  We are committed to eradicating type 1 diabetes and its effects for everyone in the UK with type 1. We:

  • Fund our world-class research which is approved and administered by our international research programme to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes
  • make sure research moves forward and treatments are delivered as fast as possible
  • give support and a voice to people with type 1 and their families

We are an ambitious and changing organisation. Be part of the change and help find a cure for type 1 diabetes. We’d love to hear from you.