Society News

ASN Society News - November 2008

ASN Seeks a Director of Communications

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN)—which represents 11,000 clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to the fight against kidney disease—seeks a fulltime Director of Communications. Reporting directly to the ASN Executive Director, the Director of Communications will work with the Society's publications committee, editors, and staff to develop, implement, and maintain a cohesive communications program that supports ASN's mission and strategic goals.

The Director of Communications will maximize use of the Society's resources, and current and future communications technologies, to:

  • Publish two peer-reviewed medical journals—the Journal of the American
  • Society of Nephrology (JASN) and the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN)—that are published monthly by the Society.
  • Publish a continuing medical education journal—the Nephrology Self-
  • Assessment Program—(NephSAP) every other month.
  • Publish a newsmagazine (ASN Kidney News) every other month in 2009 and
  • monthly in 2010 and beyond.
  • Partner with U.S. News Custom Briefings to distribute ASN Kidney Daily by
  • email to ASN members every weekday.
  • Help produce, enhance, and distribute Renal Express, which is ASN's twice
  • monthly electronic newsletter.
  • Publish the JASN Abstract Book, which includes all of the abstracts from
  • ASN's annual meeting (Renal Week), and Onsite Highlights, which is distributed at Renal Week.
  • Oversee ASN's press strategy, which includes producing and distributing
  • monthly press releases as well as holding press briefings during Renal Week.
  • Strengthen ASN's brand identity as well as develop and enforce the Society's
  • style manual.
  • Help increase ASN's overall web presence, which includes expanding
  • presentation options of ASN's publications on the web and developing a strong interactive presence with members and other users.
  • Improve ASN's efforts to market its publications to potential subscribers and
  • advertisers.
  • Identify audiences and develop marketing campaigns to enhance
  • awareness of key aspects of ASN, including publications and communications, educational activities, policy priorities, grants, and other member services.
  • Oversee ASN's relationships with vendors in the communications and
  • publications arena.
  • Serve as the senior staff contact to the editorial boards of the Society's
  • publications and the ASN Publications Committee.
  • Develop and oversee annual budgets in the communications and
  • publications arena.

In addition to having significant experience in communications, publications, and marketing, the ideal candidate for ASN Director of Communications will have a strong background in the publishing industry, financial acumen, demonstrated experience in managing change, the ability to assess major technological advances in scientific communications and respond to such change in an appropriate and cost effective manner, experience in the management of not-for-profit associations, knowledge about the medical profession and the expectations of physicians, excellent interpersonal skills, a talent for supervising and mentoring coworkers, superb aptitude in Microsoft Office, excellent writing ability and oral communication skills, and a knack for learning tasks quickly.

Although the director of communications does not need to reside in the Washington, DC, area, he/she will serve as one of the senior members of the ASN staff. As a result, the Society will require the director to travel to participate in meetings at the ASN office and in other locations.

Interested applicants should email cover letter and resume to ASN at Please note that the Society can only accept online applications for this position.