The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health offers innovative research & education programs to design and implement new technologies to solve real global health challenges. The Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360°) program led by Rice 360° is an eight-year initiative to enable African hospitals to provide comprehensive newborn care and to establish a pipeline of local innovators, technicians and medical staff, in partnership with an international group of engineers, physicians, health experts and entrepreneurs from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Sub-Sahara Africa. The first phase of the project will focus on Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria.
Rice 360° is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of director of communications. The director of communications, under the supervision of the Rice 360° executive director and the faculty co-directors, Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Dr. Maria Oden, is responsible for advancing the Institute’s mission by developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive communications and marketing effort to enhance visibility of its programs, expanding the Institute’s audience and prominence and increasing donor support. This position is responsible for the editorial direction, design, production, and distribution of all Rice 360° communications needs, including the Institute’s website, social media, informational documents, promotional and event materials, newsletters and invitations.
The ideal candidate has extensive working knowledge of the use of communications platforms to generate awareness, galvanize resources, build partnerships and influence systems change for global health and development issues in the global south, experience with strategic communications to support engineering education and innovation programs and/or maternal, neonatal and child health programs, experience working in a multi-cultural environment and is willing and able to periodically travel internationally, particularly across sub-Saharan Africa.
Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree
Specify Concentration / Degree Type: Public relations, communications, marketing, journalism, English or related field
Substitution for Education Requirement: Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.
Education Preferred: Master’s degree in public relations, communications, marketing, journalism, English or related field
Experience Required: 8 years
Specify Type of Experience: Related experience in communications/public relations
Substitution for Experience Requirement: Education may be substituted for the experience requirement on a year by year basis.
Experience in communicating complex engineering, public health and/or scientific concepts to a variety of audiences
Experience in use of communications efforts to increase broad awareness of and support for global health and development issues
Experience in use of communications efforts to inform political and financial support for health and development goals in the developing world with governmental and non-state organizations.
Experience in the conception, design and management of communications strategies, initiatives and materials
Experience in copy writing, editing, web writing, photography, graphic design, creating program collateral material and/or presentation design
Social media communications experience
Media relations experience
Strong communication skills both oral and written
Organization and creativity skills
Analytical problem solving skills
Expertise in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs and/or other publishing and design software
Familiar with new media applications and social media outlets
Knowledge of communications issues related to higher education
Public Health knowledge
Demonstrated sensitivity to low resource settings
Knowledge of the interests and needs of engineering, science, technology and education reporters in multiple forms of media highly desirable
Ability to use imagination and innovation to effectively communicate with appropriate audiences and constituent groups
Must be a team player with excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to details and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
Ability to work under deadline with flexibility, tact, good judgment, discretion, and take initiative
Must demonstrate Rice 360° Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service
Develops and executes marketing strategies and marketing plans / programs to meet RICE 360° and NEST360° initiative objectives
Leads the execution of communication and brand strategy for multiple programs incorporating appropriate channel
Responsible for staff including the recruitment, management, development, and retention of staff
Sets budget, goals, and objectives in alignment with organizational goals
Oversees event management as needed to support marketing objectives
Manages vendor relationships
Oversees market research and analysis
Uses the results to inform decisions regarding strategic marketing direction, product segmentation and customer targeting
Assesses market opportunities and track market trends. Implement marketing improvements based on findings
Performs all other duties as assigned
Advise leadership and direct staff on Rice 360° communications strategy
Alerts Rice 360° Directors to emerging issues being covered in the media that would affect Rice 360° and/or NEST360° and advise on strategies and responses
Closely watches media landscape around priority areas and issues, providing guidance on how to position and pitch Rice 360° and/or NEST360° topics for publication
Develops and executes the ideas/tactics to help increase Rice 360° and/or NEST360° visibility and stakeholder participation in engagement opportunities through media outreach, campaigns and events
Develops and leads media best practices and training sessions for Rice 360° faculty, staff & students, as needed
Lead Rice 360° and NEST360° communications planning, development and engagement
Manages Rice 360° engagement with Rice University public affairs and communications staff, as well as that of NEST360° initiative partner organizations
Mobilizes and aligns internal and external partners on the development and execution of public relations plans and communications pieces
Connects with and represents Rice 360° and NEST360° to the communications networks of relevant global health and development communities, particularly those for maternal, neonatal & child health and for engineering education & innovation
Management and oversight of communication platforms and channels
Manages the Rice 360° and NEST360° initiative website and blog
Oversight of social media for Rice 360° and the NEST360° initiative
Develops Rice 360° and NEST360° print communications
Ensures Rice 360° and NEST360° communication distribution lists are maintained
Manages Rice 360° and NEST360° communications library/content
Internal Number: S21090
About Rice 360° Institute for Global Health
The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, at Rice University, offers innovative research & education programs to design and implement new technologies to solve real global health challenges.
Through a Global Health Technologies curriculum, international summer internships, and post-baccalaureate fellowships, these early stage technologies are prototyped, evaluated, refined, deployed and scaled across the world. Rice 360° has become a leader in global health and technology education, research and implementation, focused on experiential and problem-based learning, and recognized as a model of excellence by Science magazine and the US National Academy of Engineering.
Rice 360° works closely with research project and educational program partners in the developing world, collaborators within Rice, the Texas Medical Center and other educational and medical institutions in the U.S. and across the globe. Rice 360° is headquartered in Houston, TX, and has staff permanently located in Blantyre, Malawi to support partnerships with the Malawi Polytechnic, the Malawi College of Medicine and a long-standing relationship with the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
The Newborn Essential... Solutions and Technologies (NEST360°) program led by Rice 360° is an eight-year initiative to enable African hospitals to provide comprehensive newborn care and to establish a pipeline of local innovators, technicians and medical staff, in partnership with an international group of engineers, physicians, health experts and entrepreneurs from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Sub-Sahara Africa. The first phase of the project will focus on Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria.