Senior Director of Communications

Reports To: Chief Executive Officer
FLSA Status: Exempt
Date: November 2019


National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS)  unrelentingly invests in, mobilizes and unites our community to discover a cure, deliver effective treatments and advocate for patients and their care partners.  

NBTS is a leading policy advocacy and research organization as well as a convener of brain tumor research leaders including industry, regulators, funders, clinician researchers and patient advocates. The organization also delivers timely information and support to patients and families.  Through collaborative leadership with partners, our results include increased federal funding for brain tumor research, improved clinical trials, the enactment of the most comprehensive childhood cancer law in decades, and improved clinical trial education.

While we have seen significant progress in terms of scientific understanding of brain tumor biology, we are unsatisfied with the status quo of today’s treatment options. NBTS is committed to investment in new ideas and research poised to incent the development and realization of treatments that dramatically increase survival and quality of life for patients.


The Senior Director of Communications will develop and guide the strategy and production for organization-wide communications and public relations to effectively and consistently express and engage people with National Brain Tumor Society’s (NBTS) mission, programs, services, initiatives across all platforms and channels.  

In partnership with the NBTS Executive Team, the Senior Director will lead communications on a variety of strategic initiatives, ensuring that NBTS is positioned as a primary source, disseminator, and conduit of thought leadership and information to the brain tumor community.

The ideal candidate will have experience in the life sciences, health care, and nonprofit sectors. In addition, the candidate will have demonstrated experience in the following areas:



National Brain Tumor Society is seeking an accomplished Senior Director of Communications with a minimum of 10 years of communications experience at a complex life sciences, academic medical, or healthcare nonprofit entity. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in directing communications strategy, a solid understanding of fundraising approaches and technology, and a track record of partnering with executives, thought leaders, and high-level volunteers. The ability to absorb strategic initiatives and research progress and transform them into exciting and useful messages, including dissemination to the right audiences through the best distribution channels, is critical.

Specific requirements include:


Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree in Communications preferred.

Physical Demands: (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Work Environment: (The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)