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Communications Coordinator | Biocomplexity Institute

Communications Coordinator | Biocomplexity Institute

  • R0042290
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Communications
  • The University of Virginia
About Us.

The Biocomplexity Institute (BI) integrates scientific research - from genetic sequencing to policy analysis - to tackle the complex task of understanding massively interacting systems and predict solutions to issues impacting human health, well-being, and habitat. We collaborate across many disciplines to discover connections between health, information networks, security, and infrastructure. The foundation of our methodology lies in information biology - the synthesis of mathematics, computation, informatics, and biology. We approach complex problem solving by assembling teams of experts in a variety of fields to work together to create solutions that challenge the very fields in which the teams operate.

To learn more visit: https://biocomplexity.virginia.edu

The Role.

We are looking for Communications Coordinator to join our dynamic Research Operations team, the administrative division of BI.

This role contributes to the daily operations of the Institute, focused on supporting a broad range of ongoing communications functions from content creation (web, print, video, etc.) and event support, to marketing and other creative production, for both internal and external audiences.

The role will be varied and challenging, including projects such as:
  • Drafting communications pieces and press releases for various uses, including but not limited to e-newsletters, print publications, websites, and social media
  • Developing and editing external and internal communications to ensure accuracy, clarity, and consistency with the organization’s mission and values
  • Editing photos, flyers, slideshows, and other visual assets for the website and social media
  • Drafting, editing, and scheduling social media posts
  • Assisting with event support including lecture series, symposiums, conferences, webinars, and other workshops
  • Managing calendars to ensure consistent and timely dissemination of content that aligns withcommunicationsand programmatic priorities
  • Serving as the communications liaison with the Institute’s research groups
  • Ensuring compliance with university brand guidelines and visual standards
  • Participating in duties and other special projects

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing, or a related field
  • Minimum two years of experience in communications, social media management, journalism, or a related field
  • Experience or familiarity with the Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office, email marketing tools (e.g., Mailchimp), social media management tools, and web content management systems
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication
  • Ability to prioritize and executive multiple projects, organizing deadlines in order to focus on key deliverables
  • A willingness to be a collaborative contributor to a dynamic team-based organization
  • Experience with photography, videography, audio, graphics would be a great bonus
  • Professional experience in a STEM-related organizations (museum, university department, government entities, or similar non-profit) is also valued


Flexible Workplace: BI offers a flexible hybrid workplace, providing a balance of in-person and remote work for each employee. Due to the collaborative nature of our work, team members are expected to be present and attend team meetings and other critical functions in person.

Time Off: In addition to 11-15 paid holidays depending on the calendar year, the flexible University Leave program offers employees 22-30 days per year depending on years of service. UVA employees also receive the additional benefit of 16 hours of paid leave per year for public service to contribute to the community.

Parental Leave & Care : The Paid Parental Leave policy offers eight weeks of paid leave to employees who have been employed by UVA for 12 consecutive months. UVA also offers access to a backup care program for child and eldercare.

Pay : UVA provides market-based compensation that recognizes competitive starting pay, merit increases, promotional opportunities, rewards, and recognition.

Recognition : Our culture encourages care and recognition for one another. We aim to measure, improve, reward, and celebrate individuals and team performance.

Health : Our health plan options are designed to support a healthy lifestyle for you and your family. Multiple choices allow you to assess your medical needs and choose the best plan while achieving a balance of low premiums and maximum flexibility for health, vision, and dental.

Wellness : UVA cares about your good health. Our programs encompass tools to help you emotionally, physically, and financially.

Career Development : Our culture of lifelong learning promotes an education benefits program that provides tuition toward your next degree, academic certificate program, or relevant professional development expenses. We will support you in your current role and foster development throughout your lifelong career.

Retirement : Choose from excellent options as we partner to invest in your future. VRS offers a defined benefit + defined contribution plan, with UVA matching up to 3.5% for the Hybrid plan. Or choose ORP, a defined contribution plan based on tax-deferred accumulations. You contribute 5%, UVA contributes 8.9%

To Apply.

Please apply through Workday by searching “Communications Coordinator | Biocomplexity.” Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching ‘Find Jobs.’

Complete an application online with the following:
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter outlining your interests in the role

Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.

This position will remain open until filled. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. For questions about application process, please contact Daniel Strong, Senior Recruiter at das6zb@virginia.edu

All roles within the institute are restricted positions and are dependent upon project need, availability of funding, and performance.

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings and programs. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This position also requires an Education Verification (FSAKA).

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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