Research Community and Communications Administrator

Research Community and Communications Administrator

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge, MA 



The Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks a research community and communications administrator to design and implement the external and internal communications for the BRIDGE-Train project at MIT and support the establishment of the Lean Research community of practice (CoP).


The potential USAID BRIDGE-Train Award, which is estimated to be a $15M award over five years, seeks to build the innovation and research capacity of higher education institutions in Guatemala and neighboring Central American countries. The Department of Mechanical Engineering and MIT D-Lab will implement the project in partnership with collaborators in Latin America.



  • Develop and implement the communications plan.
  • Engage with the communications teams at USAID, collaborator institutions, and MIT.
  • Develop and implement a plan for research uptake and translation by policy and practitioner audiences.
  • Develop and implement a plan to support an active Lean Research CoP, including curating content from members, developing content for newsletters or mailings, managing the contacts list, managing social media presence, and planning and executing events.
  • Generate content for press releases, website, social media, newsletters, etc.
  • Coordinate with vendors to develop and maintain web, communications, and collaboration platforms.
  • Provide technical writing and copy-editing support on publications.
  • Complete and ensure adherence to the USAID branding and marking plan and MIT requirements.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or relevant field.
  • Three years of project-level communications experience, including creating press releases, web materials, marketing videos, print media, graphic design, newsletters, and social media.
  • Experience managing a professional CoP.
  • Ability to write clearly, succinctly, and effectively in English.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience communicating academic work to non-technical audiences.
  • Research uptake and research translation experience.
  • Experience in international development, public policy, and/or the technical area of focus of the project.
  • At least two years of experience facilitating CoPs.

A full description is available at


This is a five-year term position.


 Funding for this project has not been awarded. If the team is successful in the proposal process, the award will likely be made in April 2021. An offer will be dependent on receiving the award.


Interested candidates may apply on-line at  Please reference job number 19444.


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