We are currently hiring for two positions: a Communications and Development Manager and a Lab Manager.

Communications and Development Manager


The Communications and Development Manager is responsible for developing and delivering the look, feel, and voice of Genspace across public-facing and fundraising-related platforms in order to achieve our mission and revenue goals. The Communications and Development Manager will work closely with Genspace staff to plan, prepare and deliver materials in support of our course-related, membership-related and grant-related activities (including, but not limited to, website and social media content, printed materials, digital communications, fundraising appeals, grant applications, and annual reports). The Communications and Development Manager reports to the Executive Director.


Communications and Marketing

  • Manage Genspace’s website, newsletter, and social media; leverage these digital assets to drive revenue, increase visibility, connect with our community and serve our educational and outreach-related mission

  • Manage Genspace’s brand, graphic assets, images and photos; organize and maintain program documentation and all printed materials

  • Build relationships with media and other organizations that will help grow public awareness of Genspace; manage press, schedule press visits and setup interviews

  • Create strategic marketing campaigns; develop analytics to measure success and continually find ways to improve on those metrics through testing and new initiatives

  • Manage science communication ambassador and intern projects

  • Manage inquiries from the public through the general information email account and phone calls

Development and Fundraising

  • Work with Executive Director and Director of Science Education to create, administer and implement a long-term development plan that includes grants, private donations from individuals and companies, and other philanthropic contributions

  • Build granting calendar; identify grant targets, draft grant applications and manage participation of Genspace staff in executing and submitting them

  • Plan and execute activities in support of development objectives

  • Prepare and submit funding proposals as appropriate

  • Cultivate new and existing donors and corporate sponsors

  • Manage existing grants: provide information for evaluation of the organization’s activities and ensure compliance with funding sources


  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree

  • A minimum of two years of experience working in the nonprofit sector (and preferably three or more)

  • Exceptional writing skills

  • Strong organizational and verbal communication skills

  • A self-starter who is comfortable developing administrative systems and coordinating activities with Genspace staff and volunteers where appropriate

  • A highly-motivated, detail oriented, multitasker with a can-do attitude and the ability to work with a small team

  • Knowledge of the community biology movement is a plus

  • Background in communications, development, art, design, or other non-scientific discipline is a plus

Compensation for the Communications and Development Manager position is commensurate with education and experience.


Deadline: Friday June 21st

Send a resume, listing related skills and experience, and a cover letter to info@genspace.org. You may also send a writing sample if available.

Genspace is committed to a diverse workplace and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, partnership status, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, age, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Lab Manager


The Lab Manager oversees the laboratory facility that supports all programs at Genspace. The Lab Manager is responsible for day to day lab operations and for maintaining the safety and usability of the space. The Lab Manager develops and implements lab policies, ensures maintenance of instrumentation, and mentors users of the lab. The Lab Manager will work closely with Genspace staff to plan and execute education, outreach and membership programs. Finally, the Lab Manager manages and coordinates the member-related programming at Genspace. The Lab Manager reports to the Executive Director.



  • Manage lab operations at the community lab facility—including ordering, inventorying, stocking and disposing of materials

  • Ensure that the lab facility is functioning in a safe and ethical manner, and is compliant with local, state and federal regulations

  • Establish and implement appropriate laboratory policies and procedures as necessary

  • Oversee lab instrumentation and upgrades including contracting with and managing  the work of external vendors; specifying, installing and operating new instrumentation; and monitoring, maintaining, and fixing lab equipment as needed

  • Evaluate the needs of, and provide lab support for, Genspace courses, workshops, and other programming

  • Work closely with other staff to plan and execute programs

  • Provide hands-on instructional support and teaching in the lab (especially for school/youth programs)

  • Oversee work of volunteers in the lab

  • Participate in the broader Community Biology field - share ideas and stories and listen in to what’s happening at other labs

  • Provide support for grant preparation and grant reporting


  • Develop and maintain ownership of member-related Genspace objectives and coordinate with Genspace staff in pursuit of these objectives

  • Establish and implement membership policies and update as necessary, in collaboration with Genspace staff

  • Screen, interview, and meet with prospective members

  • Review and assess safety of member projects

  • Provide safety training and lab orientation for new members

  • Mentor members and all users of the lab; serve as a resource for the Genspace community


  • Bachelor of Science in cell or molecular biology, or microbiology, or biochemistry, or closely related field. A Doctor of Philosophy, or an advanced degree with an equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.

  • Minimum of 3 years of laboratory research experience working with biochemical reagents and standard molecular and biochemical techniques such as PCR, qPCR, gene editing, Western blot, CRISPR technologies, Next-Gen sequencing, etc.

  • Broad-based understanding of biological science principles

  • Ability to train others in lab techniques and the ability to communicate scientific principles to the public

  • Knowledgeable in recognition, evaluation, and control of biologically or chemically hazardous materials, including handling, identification, properties, storage and disposal

  • Ability to write and develop operating procedures and perform technical reviews of research proposals

  • Thorough written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in a diverse environment with persons of various educational, social and cultural backgrounds in a demanding, dynamic and stressful environment

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to work independently to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within time constraints and to work with shifting priorities and schedules

  • Works effectively as part of a team with good interpersonal skills.

  • Computer skills, especially database and spreadsheet applications

  • Ability to lift and carry 25lbs for short distances

  • Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings

Compensation for the Lab Manager position is commensurate with education and experience.


Deadline: May 31st

Send a resume, listing related skills and experience, and a cover letter to info@genspace.org.