Global Health Writer, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Full-time, New York

Job Title:     Global Health Writer

Type:            Full-time

Employer:    International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

Location:      New York, NY


Job Description:

IAVI seeks an experienced, brisk, and imaginative global health writer to serve as a lead contributor to an institutional content strategy that illustrates IAVI’s scientific portfolio, advocacy goals, and overall thought leadership.

Charged with devising creative ways to communicate the scientific and humanitarian dimensions of IAVI’s work, the writer will distill scientific, policy, and institutional information for multiple audiences, generating feature news and blog items, funding proposals, press releases, case studies, internal Q&As/talking points, briefing documents, speeches, and commentaries/op-eds.

Managing long-lead and short-term projects simultaneously, the writer will also serve as an editor of others’ work, preparing compelling copy to be disseminated through a range of digital and print mechanisms, public conferences and internal events, and additional formats intended to reach new audiences.

The writer will have considerable experience in a similar role in biomedical research, public health, medical affairs, higher education, advocacy, or a related field, as well as the ability to translate technical information into compelling content accessible to multiple audiences, often under tight deadlines.

The writer will collaborate closely with IAVI colleagues across different functions and geographical regions, and may attend and report on scientific conferences. Some domestic and/or international travel may be required.

The position reports to the vice president of communications and is at IAVI headquarters in New York.

About the Organization

IAVI’s Communications Department builds awareness of efforts to speed progress to an AIDS vaccine and IAVI’s role in HIV prevention and leadership. By recognizing unique assets in the scientific, clinical, and advocacy portfolio, the department determines how digital, broadcast, print, and in-person formats can lead key audiences to recognize IAVI’s expertise and understand the need for vaccines and other new prevention tools. The department partners with scientific organizations, media, donors, civil society, and global communities affected by HIV/AIDS to build urgency about the need for an HIV vaccine and other tools to prevent infection worldwide.


Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required; advanced degree preferred

5 – 7 years of experience in a public, private, or governmental science or health organization with familiarity with a range of genres

Knowledge of biomedical science and public health and ability in communicating dense scientific content to both technical and general audiences

Familiarity with Associated Press style

Experience working with digital content management systems and routine website maintenance

Knowledge of the evolving institutional communications landscape including comfort with digital formats, visual/graphic elements, and brevity

Ability to work in a dynamic environment with shifting priorities

Experience writing speeches, op-eds, letters to the editor, and blog items

Strong social media skills

Willingness to travel

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point


How to Apply

Please provide a Cover Letter when applying.

Writing samples and a short writing exercise will be required of finalists.

IAVI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from a diversity of candidates.

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