Director, Communications

Location: Washington, DC
Department: FasterCures

FasterCures, a Washington, DC-based center of the Milken Institute, is a globally focused, publicly supported, non-partisan and nonprofit think tank, whose mission is to save lives, by saving time. The Milken Institute’s mission is to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health. FasterCures is focused on cutting through the roadblocks that slow medical progress in order to speed up and improve the biomedical innovation system. 

Position Summary

FasterCures is looking for a talented professional to lead communications and marketing efforts in order to elevate the profile of FasterCures within its target market of philanthropy, disease foundations, industry, research-performing institutions, policy and advocacy, investors, government and the media to inspire those audiences to take action to address systemic barriers in biomedical innovation in order to save lives by speeding medical research to patients. The Director will report to the Executive Director, FasterCures

  • Execute a comprehensive communications, marketing and thought leadership strategy for FasterCures, including traditional media, social media, outreach, etc.
  • Develop and execute distribution and promotion of FasterCures project-specific work products to targeted and broad audiences and determine where broad dissemination or specific outreach is needed,
  • Drive content generation and messages for thought leadership pieces, including opinion pieces, blogs, white papers, etc., and work with Milken Institute Marketing and Communications (M&C) team on placement and promotion,
  • Identify opportunities for original research where there is significant interest in the community and support coordination with FasterCures program directors in planning and publishing of research and findings,
  • Manage development of key communications tools, including collateral, case studies, etc.,
  • Manage content development for FasterCures digital presence, including website and social media,
  • Effectively translate and communicate technical work to the public audiences,
  • Liaise with external agencies and firms to support project-specific campaigns including public affairs campaigns, as needed,
  • Support establishment and management of strategic relationships with key M&C stakeholders (i.e., media contacts, etc.),
  • Identify opportunities for co-creation of content with other MI centers, fellows, experts, etc.
  • Monitor biomedical innovation trends and coverage of them in trade press and media,
  • Evolve FasterCures messaging, branding, and identity in line with overall MI updated identity,
  • Support development presentation materials for FasterCures leadership speaking engagements, and
  • Support proposal development and business development efforts, as needed.


  • Education to graduate level preferred,
  • At least 8 years of relevant work experience (experience in communications or marketing in the fields of healthcare, public health, medical research, philanthropy, or social impact),
  • Deep understanding of the target audience and effective communications channels,
  • Knowledge of peer organizations to best position FasterCures amidst the changing landscape,
  • Excellent writing skills, both for traditional and digital content (technical writing experience is a plus),
  • A strong personal network of biomedical innovation media contacts,
  • Strong interpersonal and client relationship/customer service skills,
  • Superior project management skills with ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines,
  • Personal attitude that includes being outgoing, entrepreneurial, action-oriented, flexible, with a willingness to adapt to changing situations and having a good sense of humor,
  • High intellectual capacity that can be and has been applied to learning new fields, and
  • High level of computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office, Adobe, and other web-based communications tools.

Working Conditions & Travel Requirements

This position will work in a professional office environment. This person will also be required to travel occasionally to other offices and/or venues to assist with events as needed, requiring occasional work outside of traditional hours. International along with domestic travel is possible.

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

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