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Manager, Science and Research Communications

American Dental Association

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Manager, Science and Research Communications

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Who We Are: It all starts with purpose.

We are a purpose-driven nonprofit with a dynamic staff culture.

With a meaningful purpose, motivated staff, and excellent benefits, working here will definitely have you smiling! The ADA’s headquarters is located just steps from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and close to public transportation. With more than 400 colleagues, the ADA Staff are some of the most talented people in the Chicago, Washington D.C., and Maryland area.

We were named a Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune in 2019 and 2021! Come join our team!

Job Responsibilities:

The Manager, Science and Research Communications leads ADA channel plans and content to translate complex scientific and health policy research and analyses into compelling stories for public and professional audiences to position ADA as the preeminent resource on oral health. By applying existing and evolving industry best practices, the manager leads cross-divisional teams, develops and executes omni-channel communications plans, and creates content that can lead to improvements in public health and dental materials while elevating the ADA as the leading resource of cutting-edge research published in peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of the American Dental Association and JADA: Foundational Science: research conducted by the ADA Science & Research Institute and ADA Health Policy Institute; and additional research collaborations between the ADA and other entities.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 5 years of experience managing complex and collaborative communications programs, working in a digital and social media environment
  • Experience creating, executing, and measuring highly-effective communications efforts, understanding content development and delivery, and identifying insights
  • Experience developing and executing owned, earned, and paid media channels and working directly with subject matter experts
  • Must have excellent writing, editing, speaking, analytical, collaborative, project management, problem-solving and interpersonal skills
  • Must have knowledge of traditional and digital communications
  • Must have the ability to build and manage diverse relationships; work effectively both independently and in a team
  • Lead with high energy and a strong sense of accountability
  • Must be able to analyze, synthesize and utilize data; translate complex topics into easily understandable language
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment, work well under pressure and within deadlines, and collaborate with cross-divisional teams and external organizations
  • Ability to write for the public, dental profession, and allied health professionals; research, strategize and translate technical messages, issues, and policy into compelling plain language.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Some evening/weekend work. May be required to travel several times a year for ADA meetings, external conferences such as AADR, and media training or events


  • Experience in healthcare, science, research, technical or journal communications. Experience with content management systems, media, and social media distribution, Google Analytics

Just a few of the benefits offered to employees:

  • Promotes Work/Life Balance
  • Hybrid Work Schedule (3 days from home)
  • Health insurance/ dental reimbursement plan
  • Ample Paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • Pension
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Life insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Pet Insurance
  • Student Loan Refinance
  • 2 days off to work at a charity event of your choice

The American Dental Association is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. The American Dental Association is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at recruiting@ada.org.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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