Director of Communications Search

The IASLC is seeking to hire a Director of Communications to support the Association's worldwide activities and its expanding portfolio of educational and scientific products and services. Please see the job description below for details on this important role.

Director of Communications

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Nature of Work

The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) is the only global organization solely dedicated to the study of lung cancer. Founded in 1974, the association's membership includes more than 3,800 lung cancer specialists in 80 countries.

IASLC members work to enhance the understanding of lung cancer among scientists, members of the medical community and the public. IASLC publishes the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, a valuable resource for medical specialists and scientists who focus on the detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.

The IASLC mission is:
  • to embrace the study of the etiology, epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and all other aspects of lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies
  • to provide education and information about lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies to IASLC members, to the medical community at large, and to the public
  • to use all available means to eliminate lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies as a health threat for the individual patient and throughout the world

The IASLC is seeking to hire a Director of Communications. The Director of Communications will have primary responsibility for directing the IASLC's overall communications efforts including the creation, implementation and oversight of strategic, multi-faceted programs and policies designed to build and strengthen the organization's role and reputation as a leader and authoritative voice in the field of research and treatment of thoracic malignancies. The Director is responsible for launching communication initiatives and resource allocation in support of the IASLC communications strategy and also oversees media activities and special events. Specifically the Director of Communications will manage and maintain the IASLC Website, promotes materials from the Journal of Thoracic Oncology and publishes the IASLC Newsletter.

Professional Field

Writing, Communications and Multimedia.


This position reports directly to the Chief Operating and Financial Officer of the IASLC.

This position currently has no direct supervisory role.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Director of Communications will be responsible for the development and implementation of a communications plan designed to support the organization's mission and generate member, opinion-leader, and broad public support for the goals and objectives set forth in the IASLC strategic plan. Important elements in this role will include:

  • Collaboratively conceiving and implementing external campaigns aimed at advancing the Association's mission;
  • Identifying opportunities to support organizational initiatives and developing collateral materials and programs to promote and publicize these activities;
  • Building and fostering collaborative relationships with all departments within the organization to stay informed of new initiatives;
  • Building and fostering long-term working relationships with various publics of importance including members, the media, various international groups and interested parties, and other organizations;
  • Recommending the use of staff, Board officers and members and other leaders in support of overall public relations plans and reporting quarterly on the successes of these efforts;
  • Increasing awareness in the relevant international media of the IASLC and its program goals in a manner consistent with the Association's positioning.
  • Continuous maintenance of the IASLC Website as central hub for supporting organizations' interaction with members, practitioners and other constituents.

Works with colleagues in other departments to incorporate a strategic use of communications and public relations to advance the IASLC goals, including:

  • The Director of Education to coordinate publicity of events and to actively assist with cultivation of potential funding;
  • The Director of Membership regarding message development, constituent outreach and building on awareness of the benefits of membership.
  • Advising staff regarding public relations implications of policy and budgeting decisions;
  • Supporting communications needs of colleagues through effective management and updating of the organization's website.
Specific Examples of Work Performed:
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of all public relations programs.
  • Oversee the creation of communications materials including news releases, news materials, fact sheets, talking points, online content, program announcements, and an annual report.
  • Responsible for special media events including briefings, seminars, press events, etc.
  • Train and mentor IASLC staff to ensure the consistent and effective inclusion of strategic public affairs planning and media cultivation activities in all of their work, including membership development and fund raising efforts.
  • Develop and implement appropriate organizational media training.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including experience in developing collaborative relationships across many cultures and countries. Ability to translate scientific concepts into materials for broad constituencies. Writing samples will be requested.
  • Demonstrable management and strategic planning abilities.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Experience developing and managing realistic annual and programmatic budgets.
  • Experience with orchestrating special events and media tours.
  • Excellent and extensive proficiency with wide range of computer technologies including effective use of various social media platforms.
  • Working knowledge of HTML5, InDesign and Drupal desirable
  • Experience in medical field highly desirable
Minimum Requirements

Advanced degree or equivalent in public or media relations or closely related discipline; relevant medical/scientific experience may be considered as an acceptable qualification.

A minimum 5 years' experience in a public relations or communication role including program development, strategic planning, and international public affairs issues; non-profit experience would be a plus.


Based on experience

Applying for the Role

Self-starters who are looking for an exciting new opportunity are encouraged to submit their resume and salary requirements to:

John Wetherington

Chief Operating and Finance Officer

January 3, 2014