American Heart Association Communications and Marketing Director - Orange County in Irvine, California

Communications and Marketing Director - Orange County

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Communications and Marketing Director

Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work towards that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

At the American Heart Association you can find satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people’s lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment and connect people to making a lifesaving impact. You can join an organization that the NonProfit Times has recognized as “One of the Best Non Profits to Work” year after year! The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.

The American Heart Association has an excellent opportunity for a full-time Communications and Marketing Director responsible for providing targeted, proactive positioning of the American Heart Association as the leading authority on cardiovascular health and science through external and internal communication, marketing, media relations and special promotions in the Orange County, Inland Empire and Ventura County media markets. This is an office based position either in Orange County (Irvine) or Downtown Los Angeles.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Pitches “big picture” stories focusing on hard news and research in territory covered

  • Seeks, cultivates and maintain regional media relationships with traditional and emerging media

  • Develops and oversees implementation of the Communications and Marketing Plans, including cause sponsorship activation, for assigned territory and serves as communications and marketing consultant to staff and volunteers

  • Identifies and secures formal media partnerships for various events, campaign and cause initiatives

  • Executes social media plans and campaigns and stays informed of latest trends

  • Research and prepares media and background materials to support American Heart Association policy issues

  • Recruits, trains and manages volunteers for media spokespersons and human interest stories

  • Maintains the integrity of the brand and identity of the American Heart Association

Required Experience

Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field

  • 5+ years experience in the communications, marketing or journalism field

  • Knowledge of a variety of mass and alternative media, and principles of journalism including news gathering interviewing, writing and editing

  • Knowledge and experience with the fundamentals of multiple disciples including the principles and ethics of public relations, promotion, marketing, business communication, strategic planning and budgeting

  • Demonstrated excellence in both written and oral communication skills (i.e. news, business and persuasive writing, and one-one one and group communication)

  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time pressure with minimal supervision

  • Strong negotiation, collaboration, time management, organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Ability and willingness to travel as necessary within the assigned territory and work evenings/weekends as needed, including occasional overnight business trips

Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Experience with the American Heart Association or similar nonprofit organization

  • Demonstrated interest in science, research, health policy and/or healthcare systems

  • Cause-level sponsorship activation

  • Volunteer management

Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.

So are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases? Click on “New Resume” (or “Existing Resume” if you have previously applied to AHA positions) to submit your online application. Only those candidates deemed most qualified by the hiring manager will be contacted to interview.

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Job Location

Irvine, California, United States

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Job Category: Marketing/Communications

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled