Job Opening: Communications and Program Manager (deadlline 9/14) in Berkeley, CA

Communications and Program Manager

Deadline extended to September 14th


The Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) is the leading U.S. public interest organization focused on ensuring a just and equitable future in which human biotechnologies benefit the common good. We have worked since our founding in 2001 to raise awareness about the broad societal implications of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies; to encourage their responsible use and effective democratic governance; and to inform public, civil society, and policy conversations about them from a perspective grounded in social justice and human rights.

CGS is a nonprofit organization based in Berkeley, CA. We work with a growing network of scholars across a range of disciplines; with scientists, health professionals, legal experts and policy analysts; and with advocates across a range of civil society sectors (reproductive health, rights and justice; racial justice; disability rights; environmentalism; human rights and others).

Position overview

The Communications and Program Manager will focus on developing, coordinating, and implementing key elements of CGS’ communications, event, and outreach activities to further our mission of bringing a social justice framework to current public and policy debates on human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies. The Communications and Program Manager will work closely with CGS staff, as well as with consultants, fellows, and interns. This is an exempt full-time position. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement key aspects of CGS’s Strategic Communications Program, including refining and expanding CGS’ traditional and social media presence; managing CGS’s blog posts, newsletter, and other publications; and monitoring, gathering and posting relevant news
  • Writing, editing, design, and production of selected CGS organizational and program materials, including reports, fact sheets, resource and event materials, etc.
  • Develop and implement online and in-person events, including webinars and meetings
  • Work closely with the CGS team to develop short- and long-term organizational, program, and campaign strategy, and to support campaigns and policy efforts

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Write blog posts, press statements, and related materials as needed
  • Build and strengthen relationships with individual and organizational allies in public interest sectors (including racial justice; reproductive health, rights, and justice; LGBTQI rights and justice; disability rights and justice; human rights; environmental justice; and public health), and with scholars, scientists, and professionals working on issues related to the social implications of human biotechnologies
  • Supervise interns and staff associates as needed

Required Qualifications

  • Passion for CGS’s mission and goals, and commitment to social justice and the public interest
  • Strong interest in the social, political, and policy implications of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in developing and implementing social media strategies, managing conventional media relations, research and writing, and event planning
  • Ability to work with a fast-paced team within CGS and to collaborate across organizations, to develop relationships with key scholars and advocates in social justice and public interest fields, to take initiative, and to manage multiple priorities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with program planning and implementation for public interest organizations
  • Familiarity with the social and policy implications of human genetic technologies, and basic scientific understanding of them
  • Willingness to do some travel
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher

CGS offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a comprehensive benefits program.

The Center for Genetics and Society, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

To apply, send cover letter and resume by COB September 14, 2018 to Emily Galpern at, with the job title in the subject line. 

Only candidates invited to interview will be contacted.