Communications Director (5887U), Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics - #44599 - 44599

Berkeley, CA

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Departmental Overview

The UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics (BCSP) is a new multidisciplinary research center exploring psychedelics.

Our work has three key pillars; 1) world-leading academic research into the role and nature of psychedelics, 2) a best-in-class training program for psychedelic-assisted facilitators, and 3) an agenda-setting program of public education & journalism about psychedelic science, history, politics, culture, and therapeutic value.

This new Director of Communications will be responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive strategy for the BCSP to utilize external & public affairs, media relations, online & social media, stakeholder management, and events in delivering our mission. They will play a leading, high-profile role in communicating about, and delivering, the ongoing psychedelic renaissance at Berkeley and far beyond, including by supporting our public education mission.

They will report to the BCSP's Executive Director, and regularly advise & support the Center's faculty and academic leadership. They will regularly manage and supervise external contractors or student workers, and over time recruit and manage communications specialists. No background in psychedelics is required, but over time, we expect them to become one of the nation's leading thinkers and practictioners in communicating about psychedelics & psychedelic science.

The ideal candidate for this role will have an interest (but not necessarily expertise) in psychedelic science, in-depth experience of one or more communications specialities, and a working knowledge of how to bring a range of communications methods together into a coherent strategy.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: November 11, 2022. This advert will remain live until the vacancy is filled, so applications after that date are welcomed and will be considered on a rolling basis


  • Manages and delivers diverse aspects of the Center's communications, including its online presence (e.g. website and social media), media relationships, live events, and spokesperson support.
  • Identifies strategic and programmatic communications goals; develops & delivers comprehensive communications plans to meet those goals.
  • Provides actionable advice to the Center on all aspects of communications, including strategic planning, effective messaging, and problem resolution (including negative publicity).
  • Directly represents the Center to external stakeholders, including through written pieces, public speaking, and stakeholder relationships.
  • Evaluates, selects, and manages external contractors & agencies to deliver key elements of the Center's communications activities.
  • Manages, develops, and leverages the Center's brand identity in service of its communications goals.
  • Considers the Center's fundraising and donor-engagement needs, and creates appropriate communications strategies and assets to support those needs.
  • Develops and implements a communications monitoring & evaluation plan to assess the effectiveness of the Center's communications, and enable the Center to act appropriately.
  • Ensures adequate budgeting, resourcing, and cost-effectiveness of the Center's communications activities.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of technical applications to direct professional technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications.
  • Advanced knowledge of the organization, including its mission, vision, goals, policies, and infrastructure; strong knowledge of current affairs and issues in higher education and/or health sciences.
  • Advanced skills to create, develop, and implement long and short-term strategic communication plans.
  • Advanced skills to advise and consult management on all aspects of communications, ranging from developing effective communication strategies to appropriately responding to inquiries regarding sensitive or complex issues or information.
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communication, active listening, and political acumen skills.
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, project management, problem recognition, avoidance, and resolution skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of location protocols and channels for communication internally and externally.


  • Bachelor's degree in a related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of contemporary issues in psychedelic science, training, and public education.

Salary & Benefits

  • This is a full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is exempt and paid monthly. The annual salary for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $100,000 - $120,000.
  • For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume when applying.

Other Information

  • Hybrid work schedule is negotiable

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