Head of Communications - Baylor College of Medicine

We are seeking a visionary Candidate who will be responsible for all communications and outreach activities to help the Translational Research Institute (TRI) execute its mission of safeguarding health and performance of humans exploring deep space. TRI is charged with funding disruptive health and human performance approaches and technologies to reduce risks to humans on long-duration space missions, including NASA’s Deep Space Gateway. This position will be a key member of a small management team and responsible for developing and implementing effective communication campaigns that will attract partners, scientists, and trainees from the private, public, and government sectors both nationally and globally. This position will work with Institute scientists and trainees to distill highly technical content into memorable and actionable material suitable for a lay audience. This visionary and bold individual will craft the Institute’s public voice by developing compelling content and collaborating with the BCM Office of Communications to disseminate to media.


  • Craft and implement strategies for all outreach, communications, and education campaigns nationally and globally.
  • Advise on improvements for internal team workflow communications strategies and tools.
  • Lead production and authoring of rich content for digital properties, social media, print and presentations.
  • Develop collateral materials using BCM best practices guidelines.
  • Work with the Head of Information Technology at the TRI to develop an online community open to hundreds of external users including our trainees.
  • Coordinate with the BCM Office of Communications for press opportunities related to the TRI activities.
  • Translate technical and scientific data into well-crafted stories and content for the website and presentations, providing an accessible story for government, Fortune 500 executives, or the general public.
  • Work with BCM Web Development and external vendors on the Institute website and generate content on a regular basis to keep it fresh.
  • Serve as a representative of the TRI in external settings and public events.
  • Stay abreast of various space, health, and technology events and topics and look for opportunities for cross promotion.
  • Attend and help coordinate networking events or conferences as needed.
  • Recommend, evaluate, select, and manage all outside vendors.
  • Help develop content for Institute reports or presentations.
  • Track TRI trainee progress and accomplishments.


  • Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related fields.
  • At least seven years of experience working in communications, marketing or related fields.


  • Efficient project management skills.
  • Comfortable using digital technology platforms.
  • Highly 'plugged-in' individual aware of current social and business trends and political events which may have implications for the Institute.
  • Flexible and able to prioritize duties in fast-paced and changing environment.
  • Exquisite written communication, public speaking, and interpersonal skills
  • Comfortable using digital technology platforms


  • The ideal candidate will have strong writing skills with a background in digital and social platforms and brand development.
  • This individual will have an understanding and/or a passion for space, science, technology, or health.
  • This person must be an action-oriented, self-motivated leader who is highly independent, politically astute, and socially savvy.


  • B.A in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, or other related

Level: Director level/senior manager

Position Reports to: Institute Director

Preferred Contact Method: Email

Company Website: http://www.bcm.edu/centers/space-medicine/translational-research-institute


Baylor College of Medicine - NASA Funded Translational Research Institute

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Dorit Donoviel
(713) 798-8588