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Director, Communications

Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI) is seeking a Director, Communications who will be responsible for all communications for PNRI including corporate messaging, promotion, internal communications, and philanthropy communications. Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, the Director, Communications will collaborate with PNRI leadership and faculty to devise and execute communications strategies that inform and inspire the community 1) to financially support and advance PNRI’s strategic initiatives through philanthropic support; 2) understand the impact that donor support has on the advancement of scientific research and initiatives and 3) Build awareness, credibility and esteem for PNRI’s scientists, labs and initiatives.

The Director, Communications is a seasoned communicator and storyteller with exceptional writing skills and experience in the management of publication and video production, electronic communication and social media, and creative multi-channel campaign development. The Director, Communications will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a consistent brand for PNRI and will coordinate and collaborate with leadership and faculty to ensure that communications are targeted, coordinated and impactful. Applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples that will not be returned.


  • Required – Bachelor’s Degree Communications, Journalism, or related field.
  • Seven years relevant marketing, communications or writing experience.
  • Experience in traditional and digital communication.
  • Experience conducting interviews and crafting emotive human-interest stories around a common theme.
  • Experience producing collateral materials, newsletters, and videos.
  • Must be capable of translating complex scientific information for a general audience.
  • Preferred experience working in science, medical, academia, or nonprofit setting.

About PNRI:

PNRI is an independent, nonprofit, biomedical research institute with a distinguished history of contributing scientific advances to improve health in a variety of disease areas. PNRI is committed to creating a diverse environment and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

Please see www.pnri.org for more information.

How to Apply:

For immediate consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume (or curriculum vitae) to hr@pnri.org. No phone calls please.

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