Communications & Marketing Director

Center for Healthy Minds

Founded by world renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard J. Davidson, the Center for Healthy Minds envisions a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world. Our mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind.

Position Details

Communications & Marketing Director
Southwest Wisconsin
Madison, WI

The Communications and Marketing Director at the Center for Healthy Minds provides leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of the Center's communications and marketing strategies, media, and public relations activities; works collaboratively with Center leadership to create annual strategic communications plans; and is responsible for effectively creating a global presence for the Center. This role is expected to lead Center goals related to audience reach, diversity, equity, inclusion, and philanthropic impact. Therefore, the ideal candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and experience reaching diverse audiences.

The Center for Healthy Minds envisions a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world. As an interdisciplinary research Center, Our mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind. CHM is a leader in conducting science - both in and out of the lab - on how to nurture emotional well-being in daily life across the lifespan.

Equity and inclusion are integral to achieving the vision of the Center. We seek candidates with an awareness of and commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across all spectrums. The Center is committed to continuously increasing the cultural competence of its faculty, staff and students through organization-wide forums and professional development opportunities.

Principal Duties:

15% - Develop and implement communications focused strategic planning initiatives and objectives

20% - Develops communications campaigns, social media initiatives, programs, and/or projects in alignment with strategic objectives

10% - Assists in the development and implementation of operating policies and procedures to promote communications in alignment with the strategic plan

30% - Directs and evaluates communications projects, including the design, production, and delivery of internal and external publications

10% - Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees

5% - Develop and monitor the unit's communications budget

10% - Serve as a liaison to internal and external stakeholder groups providing communications information and representing the interests of the Center


  • Bachelor's degree required with a preference for Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, or a related field. Master's degree preferred.



  • Five or more years of communications and marketing work experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment.

Preferred experience:

  • Leading teams and translating strategic thinking into executable plans and project management.
  • Experience with cross-cultural communications, reaching diverse audiences, and familiarity with accessibility best practices.
  • Writing and communicating complex ideas to non-technical audiences.
  • Leading the conceptual aspects of event development such as setting strategy, program development, as well as managing external and internal partnerships.
  • Leading the development of audio visual communications.


  • Minimum starting salary: $70,000 – Depending on qualifications.

Full benefits package is available.

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