IRI is home to a worldwide network of cross-industry leaders interested in driving innovation and new growth -- representing small specialty companies, large global corporations, government labs, and everyone in between.

IRI has a 35 hour work week and excellent benefits.  IRI is located near the Rosslyn Metro station on the Orange & Blue lines in Arlington, VA.  Excellent accessibility from points in Maryland, DC and Virginia. 


Marketing & Communications Manager

The Innovation Research Interchange (IRI) seeks full-time Marketing & Communications Manager.
NATURE OF POSITION: The Marketing & Communications Manager will report to the President and be responsible for managing all aspects of Innovation Research Interchange (IRI) internal and external communications and marketing. The goal is to advance the organization’s core value proposition with relevant key stakeholders, as well as to drive broader awareness and support for the organization’s brand. The Marketing Manager will oversee all marketing related projects and media.
  • Ensure the association’s development and implementation of campaigns; including marketing, communication, website strategy and updates, support the organization’s goals and objectives and to advance the field of innovation management.
  • Supervise Mar/Comm associate and manage vendor relationships, providing training, mentoring, and strategic direction.
  • Maintain unified brand by providing consistency in messaging in all communication/marketing collateral throughout the organization, while identifying opportunities for cross-promotion.
  • Edit communications materials to align with branding of IRI.
  • Position IRI and its members as thought leaders and influencers in the innovation community and raise awareness among member and prospective companies and other key constituents.
  • Work cross-functionally with IRI staff, serving as an internal manager, to ensure Mar/Comm workflow from inception to completion, including the tracking of deliverables and fostering both internal and external relationships to drive maximum results and growth initiatives.
  • Manage relationships between all related vendors, and ensure quality of work, timeliness of work and appropriate cost.
  • Work in partnership with membership, events, education, and operations departments to support the organization’s value proposition.
  • Work with senior staff in planning and marketing to promote the quality, value and growth of educational and professional development offerings.
Financial Responsibility/Budget
  • Develop, manage, and monitor the Marketing & Communications and e-infrastructure budget throughout the year.
  • Identify opportunities to reduce cost/ expense (Marketing and other).
  • Attend annual conferences and other meetings as required.
  • Prepares board reports and recommendations for Board and committees.
  • Staff liaison to journal’s Board of Editors.
  • Work with Managing Editor on the Holland Award process.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in Business, Marketing, or Communications.
  • At least 5 years of progressive communications or marketing experience in an association or agency setting preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to build rapport with team at all levels of the organization, including managing, coaching, and mentoring employees.
  • Communications expertise, strong writing, editing; ability to craft meaningful communications aligned with association’s strategic goals.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to participate in the development of sound marketing strategies using direct mail, advertising, media and other promotional techniques.
  • Proficient with email distribution systems and content management systems.
  • Knowledge of social media technology and channels and how-to best leverage for marketing programs and to drive brand awareness as part of an overall strategy.
  • Working knowledge of Google analytics.
  • Excellent project management skills. Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects with varying timelines and deadlines.
  • Excellent Benefits
  • Salary $65,000 - $75,000 annually, based on experience
  • Qualified applicants should submit a resume to Erica Singleton, Director of Human Resources & Operations,


Freelance Reporters

Research-Technology Management, the flagship journal of the Industrial Research Institute, needs freelance reporters to provide compelling, timely stories for its Perspectives department. Perspectives stories offer news and analysis on topics of interest to our readers – R&D and innovation managers and executives at Fortune 500 companies and other large R&D-focused organizations. Your work will be read by the people responsible for creating the products of tomorrow!

RTM is published every other month, and each edition of Perspectives includes 3–5 stories, each typically 1,000–1,500 words. Recent stories have covered the growing collaboration in scientific research between the EU and China, innovative models for STEM education, the mobile phone patent wars, and emerging intellectual property issues around biotechnology and the EU’s unitary patent court. Samples available on request.

We are particularly interested in journalists who can provide coverage of Asia and/or other emerging markets or who have demonstrated expertise covering intellectual property issues.  

To apply, please provide a resume and 3–5 clips of recent work, along with a cover letter that includes 1 or 2 proposals for stories and your preferred rate.  Apply by email only to Managing Editor MaryAnne M. Gobble at


Associate, Events & Executive

The Innovation Research Interchange (IRI) seeks full-time Associate, Events & Executive.

NATURE OF POSITION: The mission of IRI is to enhance the effectiveness of technological innovation in the industry.  This position directly supports the Vice President of Events and Networks on IRI meetings and events-related logistics and planning (70%). In addition, the position offers administrative support to the President of IRI (30%).


Events and Meetings

  • Pre- and post-conference responsibilities that include but are not limited to; processing registration and payments, hotel confirmations, collecting speaker bios and abstracts, scheduling event promos with Communications Department, managing attendee and speaker inquiries and follow up.
  • Develop and proofread content for event promos.
  • Assist VP of Events with developing event RFPs, researching cities, and coordinating distribution to city and hotel partners.
  • Developing and managing event specs and working directly with hotel to ensure contract compliance.
  • Managing committee, network, and speaker database both pre and post-meeting.
  • Speaker and Awards Management and Logistics
    • Compile various event and attendee reports as needed, including outreach lists.
    • Assist VP of Events and Networks with researching potential speakers and attendees.
    • Manage logistics of Awards Program, specifically confirming all board signatures are collected and on file, awards and certificates are ordered on time with correct recipient information, managing the travel details of awardees, and keeping the Awards Committee files up to date.
    • Work closely with the VP of Events and Networks to brainstorm innovative conference formats and develop new engagement tools.


  • Provide support to the President in scheduling conference calls, meetings, and handling mailings/correspondence.
  • Main contact for IRI Board of Directors
    • Manage administrative and logistics arrangements for all board activities/events.
    • Assist in the preparation and distribution of all board meeting material.
  • Serve as coordinator for executive meetings/events
    • Manage administrative functions, logistics, and mailings pertaining to executive meetings including Executive and Board Committees as well as senior Forums.
    • Maintain Database of senior-level members and participants.
    • Coordinate executive/Board and senior members’ travel at Board meetings and senior forums.
    • Primary point of contact for hotels and vendors.



  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience
  • 2+ years of work experience in an association or other customer service/business environment
  • Capable of handling multiple tasks simultaneously, working independently, and critical thinking
  • Conference and event planning experience strongly preferred


  • Experience in a customer service environment and a customer-focused mindset
  • Strong internet research skills and the ability to think outside the box
  • Excellent organizational skills with a high level of attention to detail
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills 
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to work as a team member in a diverse environment
  • Proficient computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and database tools, as well as knowledge of Web-enabled services and computing systems
  • Knowledge of iMIS is preferable 



  • Excellent Benefits
  • Salary $40K
  • Qualified applicants should submit a resume to Erica Singleton, Director of Human Resources & Operations,


Learning Manager

Innovation Research Interchange (IRI) is seeking a Full-time Learning Manager for the Training Resources to Advance Competencies & Knowledge (TRACK) program.

Nature of Position: This position focuses on IRI’s TRACK program, specifically the management of a professional development program that meets the needs of IRI’s members through a variety of educational programs and services. The Learning Manager will support the TRACK Advisory Board as they plan and use online, face-to-face, and blended approaches to training and development. TRACK is a suite of programs and services designed to enhance the knowledge and capability of an innovator from day one through the epitome of their career.

The position responsibilities include managing volunteers, developing delivery of professional education content for major conferences; classroom-based training symposia, seminars, workshops, forums and online courses/initiatives. 

Manager will lead educational events and planning meetings to oversee production and delivery of products and services.  The position requires knowledge and understanding of contemporary adult education principles as well as experience supporting a committee. Experience with learning content management systems and educational technology a plus.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage learning initiatives, development of TRACK program, and demonstrates metrics to support the operating costs.
  • Work with IRI’s staff and TRACK advisory board to identify attractive and motivating topics for learners.
  • Collaborate with IRI staff and advisory board to create the career self-assessments as well as continuously update the relevant material.
  • Utilize instructional design best practices and ensure that the curriculum and content are designed to meet the needs of adult learners in a professional setting.
  • Consistently revise and offer edits for courses to incorporate relevant and current content and technology.
  • Identify and leverages channels for collaboration. This may include facilitating the relationship between SME’s, advisory board, IRI staff, and IRI members.
  • Develop the annual budgeting process and manages the TRACK budget throughout the year.
  • Direct, design, develop and assess IRI’s learning programs, ensuring that goals of participants are met through various platforms – to include in person and online.
  • Researches and applies relevant learning delivery methods, develop training, update educational and informational content.
  • Identify, source and manage subject matter experts (SMEs) for learning programs
  • Work with IRI marketing team to develop content updates
  • Estimated travel 8%


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, strong preference for a degree in higher education, organizational psychology, instructional design, e-learning, adult learning, educational technology, or another field directly related to this role
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in educational development
  • Knowledge of current best practices related to adult learning principles
  • Strong project management skills


Desired/Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to master various technology, web and data management systems
  • Demonstrated innovation and creativity regarding the development and execution of knowledge transfer methods in prior roles
  • Experience with Learning Management Systems (LMS)
  • Prior experience working for a non-profit member association



Compensation and How to Apply:

  • Excellent Benefits including health, dental & vision, commuter benefits, 401k plan, life insurance policy
  • Salary $70 -80K based on experience
  • Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Erica Singleton, Director of Human Resources & Operations,